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,
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Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, "The Moth Diaries" dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either.
The Moth Diaries fails to frighten, titillate or otherwise engage the imagination.
Harron can do little with this bloodless drama, a shadow of such quiet vampire treats as "Let the Right One In" and "The Addiction."
Harron, a supremely intelligent adaptor who did wonders with the screen version of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, simply doesn't have the chops to give this story the florid kick it needs.
Where are the shivers? The girls are properly fragile, ethereal and neurotic, but the way Ms. Harron gingerly moves them around like porcelain dolls is too careful to stir up much terror.
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.
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.
The lacklustre script is so determined to spell out thoughts and emotions that it becomes insulting.
Like the central character, it's difficult to convince ourselves that this sinister nastiness isn't really happening. So we get increasingly unnerved as the story progresses.
There's no mystery, suspense or intrigue. Worst of all, there are no real scares - though that may be due to the Young Adult market it's trying to tap into.
If you thought the Twilight films were hard to sit through, wait until you get a load of this toothless attempt to cash in on today's hormone-fuelled vampire craze.
"The Moth Diaries" just ends up feeling like a desperate attempt to cash in on the vampire craze created by "Twilight."
The Moth Diaries is an entirely bloodless vampire tale that takes itself way too seriously.
Ostensibly made as an angst-filled teen horror movie in the vein of Twilight, it doesn't really have an idea of its own identity.
Those incredibly volatile days when a teenage girl comes to terms with her own family history, her changing friendships, her sexuality, and more make for interesting fiction but often come apart on their way to the big screen.
Good overall plot and production that do not come together in the sharp focus of a conventional horror film. Entertaining nonetheless.
The problem with a movie this unimaginative and amorphous that tries to be ambiguous is that we're not sure how to take anything it shows us. Ambiguity becomes meaningless game-playing.
If you think Twilight moves at a plodding pace and makes you wish for a death that will not come, wait till you see this.
Sex, blood, and death may be the givens of any Dracula-inspired fright film. The Moth Diaries skimps on all three.
It's a missed opportunity for Harron, who can't figure out a game plan for the source material's mysteries, leaving the picture to spin helplessly, wasting enticing genre ingredients.
Audience Reviews for The Moth Diaries
- Ernessa: I don't get it...was Ernessa a vampire? If so, then what about immunity to sunlight and turning into moths?
- Ernessa: Some people find great joy in the prospect of death.
- Lucy: Everyone's got one...
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