MOTH (2016) Reviews and overview

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‘The truth is always scarier’

Moth is a 2016 British-Hungarian-American found footage horror film directed by Gergö Elekes and József Gallai (The Poltergeist Diaries; The Whispering Man; Spirits in the DarkA Guidebook to Killing Your ExBodom) from a screenplay by the latter.

The Elekes Pictures-Rovar Pictures-The Blood-Shed production stars József Gallai, Rob Oldfield, Dániel Szabó, Lídia Szabó, Kata Tábori and Bálint Egri.



An enthusiastic lecturer and her student travel to Europe to go after the mythology of the Mothman, but they soon have to fight for survival…



“The plot of Moth is quite interesting, but it’s the twist ending that adds intrigue to the story, making sense of many of the seemingly large plot holes that are actually integral to the ending. While the story is good and has its fair share of twists and turns, if there’s one major point to criticize in Moth, it’s the pacing of the film which is quite slow. Fortunately, the pace picks up towards the end…” Found Footage Critic


“The cinematography and choice of locations was bang on the money in my book – both helped the atmosphere evolve. I was also impressed by the ambitious plot of the movie – it’s nice to see a Found Footage effort aim at fresh ideas. Okay, the acting from certain characters dipped in some scenes (notably the scenes which move away from the Found Footage genre) but overall they were able to hold the film together.” Top Found Footage Films

“The majority of the film is shot on handheld cameras and at times the sound is muffled which some could find off putting. The two leads are easy to watch and you do feel close to them through the telling of their back-stories even if the dialogue feels stilted. I was really hoping for a good Mothman film and though this has a decent plot twist the film in the end leaves you underwhelmed.” Horror Screams Video Vault


“With a limited budget and cast, Gergö Elekes and József Gallai have crafted a thought-provoking and chilling film that offers more than just a few jump scares and practical effects. Moth will get audiences thinking about the ease of new technology and the lure of fame and riches, the ways in which people manipulate each other for their own selfish aims, and the fact that monsters in the human world are far more terrifying than those in urban legends.” Found Footage Fiction

Cast and characters:

Lídia Szabó … Thora
József Gallai … Adam
Bálint Egri … Oakes
Kata Tábori … Madeleine
Rob Oldfield … Manny
Dániel Szabó … Vagrant
Bálint Hernádi … Policeman #1
Zoltán Kocsis … Policeman #2

Technical details:

81 minutes | 73 minutes (re-cut)
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1
Audio: Dolby Stereo


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