Friday, September 14, 2012

Day 264

movie: The Moth Diaries
starring: Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon
genre: Thriller, Drama
year: 2011
format: Shaw Video On Demand

plot: A young girl returns to her private school to find that the new girl is something more then what she seems. Soon, the members of her social group end up having mysterious deaths, while her best friend becomes the object of the new girl's desire

Based on the book by the same name, which is actually based on the classic novel Carmilla  by Sheridan Le Fanu

This is what a "true" gothic story was all about.  An isolated place where fear made the danger seem more intense then it might appear otherwise.
It also pulls a lot from folklore to flesh out the mythos of the vampires, much like the classic vampire novels from the 1800's did.

The main theme is jealousy.  The lead character's best friend has become the new best friend of the new girl in school.  A theme that is as relevant today as it was when Le Fanu wrote his novel a few hundred years ago.

There isn't much horror to this movie.  One real scene of blood that's done as a nightmare, but otherwise, it's all psychological. The vampire plays on the innocence of the girls, by seducing them with drugs and knowledge. 
If you're looking for an overly sexual movie you won't find it here. This is one of the few vampire movies I've come across, where the female "love story"  is done tastefully and through mind manipulation. 

What do I think I learned from this film?
No matter who you are, if you feel like you've been betrayed by someone, you're going to loose control over you're own environment. Sometimes the most out there idea is the only truth.
Humans are lonely creatures by nature, and even if you're the center of your social pack, you might still find yourself all alone.

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