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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,... read more read more... 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) IFC

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R, 1 hr. 22 min.

Directed by: Mary Harron

Release Date: April 20, 2012

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DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012

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  • July 26, 2014
    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 r... read moreushed 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.
  • January 1, 2014
    Interesting movie. Dark. Mysterious. A little slow. Not as bad as the low ratings would suggest.
  • October 4, 2013
    The Moth Diaries is a huge disappointment from a director I love. Maybe it's because I'm not a 13 year old girl, I don't know, but it's all the girls boarding school, self harm, Vampirism, suicide, best friends forever, lesbian experimentation, miserable goth nonsense that I didn... read more't like. Take all them away and there isn't much else left. I liked some of the special effect bits but as part of the main story, they weren't very special and didn't fit right.
  • October 21, 2012
    My main problem with it, is that its quite slow. I also didn't care for the narrative. Other than that, I thought it was a good story, and I liked the atmosphere of the movie. I thought the leads were good. Not amazing or anything, but definitely not bad.

    Overall, it was intere... read moresting and kept me guessing, who was going to be the next victim, but it's not something I plan seeing again. It was all right.
  • fb555928095
    October 13, 2012
    The Moth Diaries is a well-made attempt at an original take on the vampire genre, and its solid performances and subtle sense of horror take it a long ways. Unfortunately, it is a film that doesn't quote deliver on its premise or its pretensions. Still, much more impressive tha... read moren Twilight...
  • October 3, 2012
    For the most part its a pretty good film, slowly building the mystery, a dark creepy tone, the girl actresses are good for the most part, but the ending is quite underwhelming, i was expecting a bit more then what they give us, overall a decent, if minor genre film
  • September 27, 2012
    In my opinion there is nothing supernatural or chilling about this movie. You know from the very beginning that you are dealing with a student that is a vampire and that she is after Rebecca and only using her friend as a food source. There are so many elements to this story that... read more I feel none of them were ever given enough attention to make the story cohesive.
  • September 25, 2012
    Two years after the tragic suicide of her father, Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) goes to college with her best friend Lucie (Sarah Gadon), and she's put her past behind her - until the new girl Ernessa (Lily Cole) shows up, and seemingly wants to take over Rebecca's life.

    First she take... read mores over Lucie as her friend and then she influences Rebecca's other friends to leave the school, or some of them even meet unfortunate circumstances. Rebecca believes that Ernessa is a vampire and is trying to take Lucie away from her, and will stop at nothing to protect Lucie and herself, even though no one else will believe her.

    This film is based on a book which of course I haven't read, but the movie I bet didn't do it justice. It was a typical movie with the typical problems - girl believes someone is a vampire, and no one believes her, saying she's jealous and envious of the new girl, etc. There were some pleasantly surprising moments and some interesting effects (the scene with Rebecca and Ernessa in the library for example), and the actors did fairly well, especially Lily Cole as the creepy Ernessa, she just has a face for that type of person. But the ending was so rushed and simplistic it felt like I was robbed of the time I spent watching it, wishing there was more, but finding nothing but closing credits.
  • ThomasJayWilliams
    September 9, 2012
    Aiming high, thus-far dependable American director Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Notorious Betty Page) has a dreadful misfire on her hands with The Moth Diaries. It is a nearly all female, goth-ish, coming-of-age teen-drama starring Sarah Bolger (In Ameri... read moreca, "The Tudors") as Rebecca, a somewhat troubled teen who is still haunted by the suicide of her father. The school's social hierarchy is thrown for a loop with the arrival of the mysterious Ernessa (Lily Cole - Snow White & the Huntsman, St. Trinian's, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) who has a pull with several of Rebecca's friends. The film is all over the place and disjointed ... and it flows like a series of scenes. While everything falls into place -- as it was so-written -- it has all been foreced. Rebecca is the film's good girl -- as that is the film's one definite -- and we never know where Harron plans on taking the characters as it is hinted at several times that Ernessa is either a vampire or just a bitchy lesbian who doesn't like sharing her frends/prey. At one hour and 22 minutes long, The Moth Diaries, is way too long! It is all contrived and formulaic. I could not imagine anybody liking this as I couldn't wait for it to be over.
  • fb677587177
    September 3, 2012
    Don't let all the negative reviews fool you. I actually really enjoyed this movie. It's true that it tries too hard and takes itself too seriously, but that somehow manages to lend to its appeal. The characters are just creepy enough to be intriguing and the plot, while not witho... read moreut its laughably bad parts, is actually pretty engaging. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Critic Reviews

Peter Hartlaub
August 9, 2012
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

Way too serious for its own good. Full Review

Jeannette Catsoulis
April 19, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, "The Moth Diaries" dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either. Full Review

Kathleen Murphy
April 19, 2012
Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

The Moth Diaries fails to frighten, titillate or otherwise engage the imagination. Full Review

Joe Neumaier
April 19, 2012
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

Harron can do little with this bloodless drama, a shadow of such quiet vampire treats as "Let the Right One In" and "The Addiction." Full Review

Scott Tobias
April 19, 2012
Scott Tobias, AV Club

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. Full Review

Rex Reed
April 17, 2012
Rex Reed, New York Observer

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. Full Review

David Fear
April 17, 2012
David Fear, Time Out New York

Whither the filmmaker who gave us such memorable monsters as Patrick Bateman and Valerie Solanas, or such complex females as Bettie Page? Someone has apparently stolen the director's identity and is m... Full Review

Nick Schager
April 17, 2012
Nick Schager, Village Voice

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. Full Review

Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 13, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness. Full Review

Rick Groen
April 6, 2012
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Not enough psychology to be intelligently creepy, and not enough schlock to be viscerally scary. Full Review

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