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The Moth Diaries

  R HD Closed Captioning

Mary Harron

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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15%
  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 13, 2012

Rotten: Disastrously mishandled adaptation of a neo-Gothic novel set in a posh girls' college. – Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 16, 2012

Rotten: Lesbian desires, fears of mortality, and adolescent jealousies are all handled as bluntly as the unintentionally corny black-and-white flashbacks and gauzy dream sequences. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Apr 17, 2012

Rotten: Way too serious for its own good. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 9, 2012

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Customer Reviews

A must see mystery

I honestly didn't know what to think of this film as i watched it,in the beginning it seems to be a vampire story and then by
the end it seemed more like a ghost story:-O It definitely keeps you guessing that's for sure.Overall it's a mysterious thriller
with some good twists and turns along the way, so i would recommend giving it a try.

Almost decent

It's Mina, Lucy, and Van Helsing, only they're in an all-girl school, not Victorian London, and Van Helsing is Ben from Felicity. It almost got good a couple times, but I suspect that I'm not the target audience (adult male with half a brain). Still, at least it isn't Twilight. For a better film from this director, try American Psycho. For a better film in this genre, try Let the Right One In.

An Intelligent Movie!

I enjoyed this one. The depth of the human condition in this movie is played out very well while providing an unusual twist from a long-ago past. It is definitely worth watching and it is much better than a lot of the mindless garbage you will find in theaters. The acting is good, the chemistry of the individual parts is astounding and the interplay between characters is wonderfully refreshing. This movie is not cluttered, the plot has meaning, and the movie reveals various aspects of character personalities with precision.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2012

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