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In spite of the lukewarm reception it has received, I can't help my excitement for Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries. A vampire tale set at a girl's boarding school, there's a great opportunity for exploration of friendship, and since we're talking vampires, I don't doubt there's some exploration of sexuality involved as well, though the official synopsis suggests this is more of a mystery thriller than anything else.

Rebecca, a young girl haunted by her father's suicide, begins her junior year at an elite girls boarding school, hoping for a fresh start. From the outset, her friendship with sunny, innocent Lucy is shattered by the arrival of Ernessa, a mysterious, dark and beautiful girl from Europe. As Ernessa consumes more and more of Lucy's attention, the latter's healthy young body grows pale, thin and weak - as if being drained of life itself.

Her friendship with Lucy slipping away, Rebecca develops a crush on her handsome English professor, Mr. Davies, who is teaching a course on supernatural literature.Obsessed with "Carmilla", the vampire story that inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula", she grows increasingly suspicious of Ernessa's odd behavior and Lucy's wasting illness, and when mysterious deaths shock the school, becomes convinced that Ernessa is a vampire. Rebecca finds herself isolated when the other girls dismiss her suspicions as mere jealousy and Mr. Davies betrays her trust. As Lucy's inexplicable illness turns deadly, Rebecca is left alone to battle with Ernessa for the life of her friend.

I really like this trailer which makes great use of one of Scott Speedman's lectures on vampirism. It introduces the key players and sets up the mood of the film rather nicely. I'm very excited to see what Harron has to offer and we'll have a chance to see it when the film opens on April 20th. It certainly can't be any more disappointing than We Are the Night (review).

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projectcyclops (9 years ago) Reply

Suspiria-esque! Harron has only made a couple of interesting films but here's hoping she's knocked together something impressive... like Pat Bateman's apartment.


Kurt (9 years ago) Reply

The worst film I saw last year by a country mile. A country mile of broken glass that I crawled along on my knees. While carry a piano. Being played by Liberace. An elephant named Liberace.


Marina (9 years ago) Reply

Bah! I don't care!! I am a little scared though :(

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