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The Moth Diaries (2012)

The Moth Diaries

Overview


Genre

Horror

Release Date

April 20, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

82 min.

Studio

IFC Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Mary Harron

Producer

Karine Martin, David Collins

Screenwriter

Mary Harron

Starring

  • Scott Speedman as Mr. Davies
  • Lily Cole as Ernessa
  • Sarah Gadon
  • Sarah Bolger
  • Anne Day-Jones
  • Valerie Tian
  • Judy Parfitt
  • Melissa Farman
  • Deena Aziz
  • Zina Anaplioti
  • Laurence Hamelin
  • Gia Sandhu

Story


Acclaimed director Mary Harron (American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page) returns with the chilling story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a young girl who, haunted by her father's suicide, enrolls in an elite boarding school for girls. Before long, Rebecca's friendship with the popular Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is shattered by the arrival of a dark and mysterious new student named Ernessa (Lily Cole). Lucy falls under Ernessa's spell and becomes emotionally and physically consumed by her glamorous new friend. Rebecca, whose overtures of concern are rejected by Lucy, finds herself lost and confused. She begins to develop a crush on her handsome English teacher, Mr. Davies (Scott Speedman) and immerses herself in the Gothic vampire novel Carilla for his class. Rebecca starts to suspect that Ernessa is a vampire, but, despite the suspicious deaths that begin to occur, her fears are treated as simple girlish jealousy. As the bodies of young girls pile up and the line between reality and the supernatural starts to blur, Rebecca decides to take matters into her own hands and get rid of Ernessa. Who can say what is real and what is unreal to the heart consumed by passion and a mind afire with loss? Based on the bestselling novel by Rachel Klein, The Moth Diaries is a harrowing story of the anxieties, lusts and fears of adolescence.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..visually stunning, sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise bland film..”
by Chris Bumbray [JoBlo's Movie Emporium]
“..her torpid adaptation of Rachel Klein's novel about female sexual desire, jealousy, death wishes, and vampires at a girls' boarding school defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..lacking the light touch and satiric black humor she deployed in American Psycho..”
by Nick Schager [Village Voice]