Outer Range–Is the next Prime Video series a new Mothman mystery?

It sure looks like it should be connected to The Mothman Prophecies.  One of the best supernatural thrillers ever made, director Mark Pellington’s 2002 sleeper hit has its twentieth anniversary this year.  If you missed it, you missed some of Richard Gere and Laura Linney’s best character work.  It also co-stars Will Patton, and at least in the trailers for the new contemporary Western meets supernatural horror tale Outer Range, you might agree it looks like an outright sequel to The Mothman Prophecies.  Patton, like Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, and JK Simmons, is in a small league of character actors that bring authenticity and legitimacy to any project he associates with.  He co-stars in the series with Josh Brolin, whose return after 20 years to the cowboy hat will evoke his father, James Brolin, who had plenty of Old West television stints across the decades.

Calling it a “supernatural cult Western” isn’t right, so maybe we’ll call attach the old labels “weird Western” or “paranormal Western,” which may or may not be about another creepy cult.  Or maybe it’s a new branch of The X-Files.  It definitely brings a heavy paranormal horror vibe.  Check out this trailer for Outer Ridge, beginning on Prime Video this week:

What’s the secret behind this Wyoming ranch?  Maybe it’s aliens.  That big sinkhole could be the next iteration of the crop circle.

It’s probably not the next Longmire or Yellowstone or Open Range.  We’ll just end up disappointed if Indrid Cold is not mentioned in the series, which also features actors Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) and Lili Taylor (High Fidelity).

Outer Range arrives April 15 on Prime Video, with its first two episodes, followed by the six remaining episodes appearing weekly.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg

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