The Mothman of Point Pleasant
Mothman is a little different from other cryptids. While most regionally known and occasionally sighted spooky creatures — like your Bigfoots and Loch Ness monsters and chupacabras and what have you — have little more narrative meat to them than just, “I was out in the woods one time and this big gorilla fella strolled up and started drinking all my beers!” the Mothman has a whole story arc that climaxes in an actual tragedy.
Over the course of 13 months in the 1960s, the small West Virginia town of Point Pleasant was home to numerous sightings of a strange, winged creature that some witnesses described as looking like a flying man with 10-foot wings. After over a year of sightings, the region suffered a catastrophic loss in the form of a deadly bridge collapse, which has led many people to believe that the appearance of the Mothman was a warning. Tack on alleged appearances by UFOs and men and black, and you have a genuine spooky mystery.
The events of this story have been dramatized in various films, including perhaps most famously 2002’s The Mothman Prophecies, but the 2017 documentary from Small Town Monsters, The Mothman of Point Pleasant, takes a personal look at the events of 1966 and 1967 from a first-hand perspective with various eyewitness interviews and reports. The movie is a deep dive into the fascinating and frightening phenomenon that has become a point of pride for the people of Point Pleasant, inspiring a statue, a museum, and an annual festival.