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The Moth Diaries (2012)



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Acclaimed director Mary Harron 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). Rebecca, whose overtures of concern are rejected by Lucy, finds herself lost and confused. 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. -- (C) IFCmore
Rating: R (for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Harron, Rachel Klein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2012
Box Office: $3.8k
IFC Films - Official Site


Lily Cole
as Ernessa
Sarah Bolger
as Rebecca
Scott Speedman
as Mr. Davies
Judy Parfitt
as Mrs. Rood
Valerie Tian
as Charley
Anne Day-Jones
as Rebecca's Mother
Kathleen Fee
as Miss Bobbie
Julian Casey
as Rebecca's Father
Steffi Hagel
as Young Rebecca
Leif Anderson
as Policeman
Roxan Bourdelais
as Sofia's Boyfriend
Deena Aziz
as Psychiatrist
Alain Goulem
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Moth Diaries

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13)

Way too serious for its own good.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Vamps-fans won't find much to gnaw on here.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Total Film

I'd give this moth-eaten nonsense a miss.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Birmingham Mail

There's a terrific sense of menace in this gothic dramatic thriller, which plays on the story's fantasy elements to take us into a teen girl's troubled imagination. It's beautifully shot too.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013

A redundant teen-horror romp which, in the space of its slender running time, actually begins to make you pine for the return of Bella and Edward.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
SFX Magazine

The lacklustre script is so determined to spell out thoughts and emotions that it becomes insulting.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Daily Express (UK)

Audience Reviews for The Moth Diaries

Pleasantly surprised. I expected very little from this (actually I expected another crap movie, and following on from Vampire Academy, seemed to be my night for it).
Genuinely creepy and suspenseful boarding school story with a cast that can actually act.
The one flaw was the rushed ending, it felt too quick and easy, and at just 78 minutes, the movie was hardly out wearing it's welcome and could have stood a little more fleshing out.
Enjoyed this, though.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Interesting movie. Dark. Mysterious. A little slow. Not as bad as the low ratings would suggest.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The pseudo vampire film The Moth Diaries is a weak and monotonous attempt at a psychological thriller. There are some interesting themes and an intriguing set up, but there's no follow through. In a standard Dracula story arc, a young boarding school student named Rebecca begins to suspect that a new student named Ernessa isn't what she seems and is attempting to seduce and kill her friend Lucy. The casting is pretty good, and features Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole, Valerie Tian, and Scott Speedman. But the writing is especially poor, bringing up questions and mysteries that are never answered. While The Moth Diaries does a fairly decent job at building suspense and tension, there's no payoff to any of it.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

The Moth Diaries Quotes

Ernessa: I don't get it...was Ernessa a vampire? If so, then what about immunity to sunlight and turning into moths?
– Submitted by Paul S (3 years ago)
Ernessa: Some people find great joy in the prospect of death.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)
Lucy: Everyone's got one...
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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