The Moth Diaries (2012) *1/2
D: Mary Harron
C: Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, Scott Speedman
P: Student at an all-girls boarding school becomes slowly convinced that one of her fellow pupils is a vampire who is munching off her fellow students.
Disappointing return to the horror genre for director Mary Harron is a lifeless, passionless adaptation of the book by Rachel Klein, which is surprising considering that Harron has a penchant for diving head first into the darker recesses of human nature. Just take look at some of the things that transpired in American Psycho (directed by Harron as well) if you need proof.
There's so much that they could have done with the material. Vampirism obviously lends itself to eroticism. They could have toyed around with a lesbian angle as the story involves two female characters at wits with one another. The optimum word being "could have", as in The Moth Diaries seems more focused on exploring a teen angst angle that has little payoff. It might have worked if the characterizations had been anything more then surface deep.
To the credit of The Moth Diaries, it is a stylish, well acted, well photographed film. Lily Cole is striking presence on screen. However, Scott Speedman is wasted in a frivolous role. Solid production values aside, The Moth Diaries has no real story to hang onto. It just drifts along from scene to scene with no real direction. [R] 82 mins.
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