I think that if moths wrote diaries, they would include a lot of detail about eating clothes, and endless detail about the obsessive irresistible draw of bright lights. The trailer for The Moth Diaries fails to take these notions into account, instead using the inherent interest in the thoughts and dreams of the butterfly’s plainer cousin to draw us into a movie that has absolutely nothing to do with moths. I feel lied to. Here’s the trailer:
And here’s the obligatory summary:
Adolescence is and always will be a time of intense emotional confusion, especially if you spend it in a closed environment. That’s the case with Rebecca, a young girl haunted by her father’s suicide, who is a student at an exclusive female boarding school. She pours her heart out in a diary, much of it focused on Lucy, her beloved roommate. Their relationship changes drastically with the arrival of a mysterious new student, Ernessa. As Lucy abandons her for this new girl, Rebecca becomes consumed with thoughts of jealousy and suspicion — Ernessa is dangerous, evil, a vampire. Is there any truth to all this or is Rebecca slipping into insanity?
A vampire! But she doesn’t even sparkle!
This is one of those trailers that has to fight a bit of an uphill battle since it’s so easy to pigeon hole the material into uncomplimentary company. But it has Mary Harron directing for only the second time since American Psycho, and Lily Cole is convincing as a creepy succubus even when she’s not acting. So it’s got that going for it. It’s getting a release April 20th.