The film came out on October 20, 2020 via Amazon Prime, YouTube, and other streaming services.
Popular Cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn narrated the sequel, which also features Jeff Wamsley. Wamsley is the author of Mothman: The Facts Behind the Legend and Mothman: Behind the Red Eyes, as well as the founder of the Mothman Museum.
The Mothman Legacy offers personal accounts of Mothman sightings after the Silver Bridge collapse. The number of eyewitnesses across multiple U.S. states posed a problem for Breedlove. He said this was the first time he had to reject honest sightings of a cryptid for one of his films.
This movie is far from a ‘normal’ documentary, though. Along with eyewitness accounts of the cryptid, the Daily Beast writes, “[the] film [has] many CGI-enhanced dramatic recreations, sketches, paintings, and other spooky sequences, all of which imagine the Mothman in malevolent horror-movie fashion.”
One of the most memorable quotes from the film comes from Blackburn himself.
“An absence of evidence doesn’t necessarily indicate an evidence of absence,” he points out.
This quote holds true for most cryptids throughout the world, not only the notorious Mothman.
The Mothman of Point Pleasant
The Mothman of Point Pleasant released in 2017. It was also directed by Breedlove, and backed by Small Town Monsters Productions. The documentary looks at the history of Mothman from November 1966 through December 1967.
The film outlines one of the first and most famous sightings of the cryptid. In November 1966, a pair of couples encountered Mothman when driving near the “TNT Area.” The flying humanoid stalked their car, flying upwards of 100 mph to keep up their vehicle speeding down the road.
There were multiple sightings over the next couple of years, leading up to one of the biggest tragedies in West Virginia history.
On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed in Point Pleasant, killing 46 people. This tragedy devastated the community. Nearly everyone in the city knew someone that passed away due to the collapse.
Locals soon blamed Mothman for the tragedy. And he is now seen as a bad omen with death following wherever he is seen.
The Mothman of Point Pleasant ends with the Silver Bridge collapse. But sightings of the creature continue to this day.
“While most people consider the collapse of the Silver Bridge the endpoint of that story, it actually didn’t end there,” Breedlove said. “If anything, sightings may have actually increased. That’s where The Mothman Legacy picks up.”
Who Is Mothman?
One of America’s most famous cryptids, Mothman was first spotted by gravediggers on November 12, 1966. Shortly after, he was spotted near Point Pleasant, W. Va., where the cryptid is most popular. Ultimately, Mothman is said to live in the “TNT Area” — an abandoned World War II munitions plant.
Point Pleasant hosts an annual Mothman Festival, and tens of thousands usually attend. Other landmarks in the city pay homage to the cryptid, including a 12-foot tall metallic Mothman statue and the well-known Mothman Museum.
For more information, visit our complete guide to the Mothman.