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The Moth Diaries 2012 R CC

(83) IMDb 4.9/10
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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).

Sarah Bolger, Anne Day-Jones
1 hour, 23 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery, Horror
Director Mary Harron
Starring Sarah Bolger, Anne Day-Jones
Supporting actors Sarah Gadon, Valerie Tian, Melissa Farman, Laurence Hamelin, Kathleen Fee, Gia Sandhu, Lily Cole, Judy Parfitt, Scott Speedman, Julian Casey, Steffi Hagel, Leif Anderson, Roxan Bourdelais, Deena Aziz, Alain Goulem, Zina Wilde
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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"It's like she's invading my mind, even when I'm alone I can't escape her." Rebecca (Bolger) is ready for her new school year to start. After the death of her father she is grateful to get back to her friends. She is surprised when a new girl, Ernessa (Cole) shows up. What starts off as a new girl trying to make friends turns into something much more dangerous and Rebecca becomes suspicious of her when her friends turn up missing, or dead. I will start by saying that this movie is overall not that bad. I also once again have to say that I'm pretty sure I am not the audience this movie was made for. This is a horror movie about an all girls high school. Being a 30 year old man I couldn't relate. The movie did have an overused idea, but pulled it off in a way that made it feel interesting. There are some pretty creepy parts in this and Lily Cole is perfect in this role but I had a hard time getting into it. If you like movies like "The Roommate" you will probably like this one as well. Overall, not a bad movie at all. I was entertained but if I was a teen girl I probably would have liked it more. I give it a B-
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cat on February 15, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The film tries to explore life and death through a mixture of horror plots and images. Some of these themes are metamorphosis, hence the moth theme (The idea of a butterfly or moth as the soul is found in traditional cultures of every continent) and ghost story - the soul touched by divine love, but which, by reason of the mistakes made, must undergo some tribulations before having access to happy immortality. Other horror theme works it draws upon are from Sheridan Le fanu's Carmilla (Ernessa selects exclusively female victims, though only becomes emotionally involved with a few. Ernessa has nocturnal habits, but is not confined to the darkness. She has unearthly beauty and able to change her form and to pass through solid walls and sleeps in a coffin), shades of Poe's William Wilson (theme of the double who haunts Rebecca and leads her to insanity and also represents her own insanity) and Henry James' Turn of the Screw (the reality of the ghost and the sanity of Rebecca). And like all three works the film has a framing introduction and subsequent first-person narrative to convince or even manipulate the viewer.

A lot goes on here in this film and is open to different interpretations lending an unsettling ambiguity to the story trying to be both a horror film and a psychological study. Is Ernessa really a vampire or is this all in the troubled mind of Rebecca? Why do Ernessa and Rebecca share so many similar traits - even the name Ernessa appears to be a pseudo anagram of Rebecca? [Why does Ernessa tempt Rebecca with thoughts of suicide? Why is the teacher Mr Davies, who admires Rebecca's late father (who committed suicide) and provides a provocative father substitute for the young girl, so interested in the sixteen-year-old Rebecca?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on January 31, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
When the new girl in school starts to come between Rebecca and her best friend, Lucy, she begins to suspect that there is something far more sinister behind their relationship. Rachel Klein's modern update on traditional Gothic storytelling is brought to life in Mary Harron's screen adaptation of THE MOTH DIARIES, from 2011. Rebecca and the other girls transpose their teenage anxieties like anorexia, depression, suicide, and sexuality on to their ghostly classmate as a means of dealing with their internal struggles. While Ernessa may not be seen physically drawing the blood from her victims, her presence at the school certainly saps the other girls of their strength and happiness, leading them in to despair. The lesbianic undertones that are present in the plot also draw strongly from the classic tale of Carmilla, which is frequently referenced throughout the girls' schoolwork. Harron takes a timely approach in developing the characters and mood of the picture, but unfortunately, her deliberate pacing begins to wear during the long periods of inaction and leaves the audience feeling deprived as the film draws to its anticlimactic ending. Still, we are left on a positive note, having grown with Rebecca as she overcomes her pain and loss to find a renewed strength in herself. THE MOTH DIARIES ultimately falls short of becoming a modern classic, but it does provide another unique and emotionally charged vampire tale in the same vein as LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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Feminist filmmaker Mary Harron has made some bold and provocative choices in past films such as "I Shot Andy Warhol," "American Psycho" and "The Notorious Bettie Page." She is not afraid to push things to the edge of reason and watch them topple over with an in-your-face glee. So I'm shocked by the tepid and somewhat unfocused "The Moth Diaries." The film seems to be borne of some interesting ideas, but it never effectively builds in intensity. The picture is lovely, to be sure, with breathy performances, gauzy flashbacks and ethereal fantasy sequences--but does it amount to much? I didn't think so. Pretty, but empty. That's the first phrase that popped into my head as the credits started to roll. Taking a popular young adult novel by Rachel Klein, Harron's choices here appear content to ape the underdeveloped emotions inherent in the Twilight saga as opposed to creating something that felt distinct or unique.

Set in an all-girl boarding school, "The Moth Diaries" opens with an introduction to Rebecca (Sarah Bolger). A troubled girl rebuilding her life after a tragedy, she is really getting back into the swing of things with a close knit group of friends. A creepy new student (Lily Cole) starts to worm her way into the group and strange occurrences abound. Is Rebecca justifiably suspicious of the new girl? Or might it just be jealousy? After all, she is losing her best friend's devotion to this exotic new rival. With vampire allusions aplenty and some seemingly supernatural sightings, we're left to wonder what is real and what might be the imaginings of the increasingly distraught Rebecca. The solution, when it arrives, is neither particularly shocking or even interesting. As the entire film unfolds in one monotonous dimension, no suspense is ever really derived from the tale.
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