The Moth Diaries | On Demand review
The director of American Psycho sucks the life out of a vampire flick.
Boarding-school student Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) has a bad feeling about the new girl. Perceived as glamorous and exotic by all of Rebecca’s peers, Ernessa (Lily Cole) also seems increasingly possessive of Rebecca’s best friend, Lucy (Sarah Gadon). Despite taking a class on gothic literature, the protagonist observes but persistently denies the telltale signs of danger, such as the fact that she never sees Ernessa eat. Nor, despite the movie’s name-check of Bram Stoker, does Rebecca recognize the significance of Lucy’s name in that author’s seminal tome. Meanwhile, the school seems unusually blasé about an uptick in deaths on campus.…
Ludicrous even on its own vampire-fiction terms, The Moth Diaries is a surprisingly unimaginative adolescence-as-horror flick from the director of American Psycho. Bolger (In America) makes the lead character compelling, but the rest of the cast fares worse; the dialogue is so vapid (“This is gonna be the best year ever.” “She taught me how to be happy again”), it might have come from a Twilight novel. The source is actually a 2002 book by Rachel Klein, but its appeal must be specific to its prose. There’s nothing here personal enough to warrant the term diary. Moth-eaten, however, would be accurate. (Available on VOD; see ifcfilms.com for details.)