Or, possibly not. Honestly, though “American Psycho” director Mary Harron’s “The Moth Diaries” is being labeled as a horror film, the trailer certainly doesn’t lend itself to featuring an actual vampire in the girls’ midst. I mean, the female lead suspects it, but as Scott Speedman tells her, it’s probably all in her head. (Yes, Scott Speedman. Apparently he took a flyer on the last “Underworld” movie to do this.) Then again, this could just be one of those cases where the trailer doesn’t give anything away, which, let me assure you, would be quite unique in today’s day and age. Anyways, see for yourself what kind of trouble pretty girls in an all-girls school can get into. Shenanigans, as they say, (possibly) ensues.
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.
Starring Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, Lily Cole, and Scott Speedman.
Look interesting? You can catch it on Video on Demand from SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming and XBOX Zune starting March 20th, before it arrives theatrical in limited release on April 20th.