MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 743 this week

The Moth Diaries (2011)

4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 4,056 users   Metascore: 38/100
Reviews: 38 user | 78 critic | 13 from Metacritic.com

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 21 Sep 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 27 Nov 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 02 Mar 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 28 Jul 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Moth Diaries (2011)

The Moth Diaries (2011) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Moth Diaries.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mama I (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they?

Director: Andrés Muschietti
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
Silent House (2011)
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.

Directors: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens
Oculus I (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff
The Shrine (2010)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of young journalists investigate a cult said to practice human sacrifice, but their ambitious ways may lead them to becoming the cult's next victims.

Director: Jon Knautz
Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

Director: Bradley Parker
Stars: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.

Director: John Luessenhop
Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

Director: Michael J. Bassett
Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean
The Collection II (2012)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as "The Collector" is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl from the killer's booby-trapped warehouse.

Director: Marcus Dunstan
Stars: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald
Evil Dead (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.

Director: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
Open Grave (2013)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.

Director: Mark Tonderai
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot
Haunt (2013)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An introvert teen befriends his new neighbor, and together the couple begin to explore the haunted house that his family has just purchased.

Director: Mac Carter
Stars: Jacki Weaver, Liana Liberato, Harrison Gilbertson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Anne Day-Jones ...
...
...
...
...
Kathleen Fee ...
...
...
...
...
Mr. Davies
...
Rebecca's Father
Steffi Hagel ...
Young Rebecca
Leif Anderson ...
Policeman
Roxan Bourdelais ...
Sofia's Boyfriend
Edit

Storyline

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every girl has her secrets.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

17 May 2012 (United Arab Emirates)  »

Also Known As:

Die Sehnsucht der Falter  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,276 (USA) (20 April 2012)

Gross:

$3,838 (USA) (27 April 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Rebecca: You're wrong. The good things I remember about my father - the walks we took, the fairy tales he read to me - they all really happened.
Ernessa: He read you other fairy tales that you forgot.
[singing]
Ernessa: # My mother, she butchered me. My father, he ate me. My sister, little Anne-Marie, she gathered up the bones of me, and tied them in a silken cloth to lay under the juniper. Tweet, tweet, what a pretty bird am I! #
See more »

Soundtracks

Fear of Heights
Written by Hendrik Willemyns, John Roan, Bruno Fevery, Melanie Pain
Performed by Arsenal
Licensed courtesy of Playout! Music
By arrangement with Ocean park Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An excellent example of what filmmaking used to be...
22 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I randomly selected and streamed this film last night on Netflix, enjoyed it, and checked today to see what others were saying about it. I was surprised to find harsh words about the film, and they made me wonder why people would react this way to a well-made story like this. The cinematography is lovely. The music is so well suited that it plays unnoticed beneath the visuals – never clashing with the emotional content of the scenes. The sound editing is top notch. The young actors are all excellent. Set design is spot on for the story. No dialog is wasted. Etc. etc.

So what was the problem? My personal reaction was quite good. When it started, I expected a bad film – another sappy story about girls at school. In fact, the only scene I didn't care for was the girls "partying" in their rooms. Such a cliché rendering. But the rest was endearing. The film seduced me, drawing me in further and further as I watched. It's not revolutionary, to be sure, but why does every film have to be revolutionary? We don't hold music to that type of criteria. "Oh, another blues song. That's been done…"

Harron's achievement here is in the mood of this piece. I see people complaining about the connecting scenes, and I think about how much they must hate a film like Upstream Color or Tree of Life or Melancholia (though those films are rated quite a bit higher). The Moth Diaries is not like those films because it has a much more grounded story.

Why are people down on this film? My best guess is that the negative reactions this film received are indicative of the altered nature of film itself. The Moth Diaries takes a different tack than contemporary blockbusters. It's not The Conjuring (a great horror film), which twists every few minutes and keeps throwing shocks at you, making you squirm in your seat. But it's not intended to be. It's not a shock piece. It is a mood piece, and Harron does a beautiful job of establishing a consistent mood throughout, a mood that captures appropriate emotional content for the age-rage of the characters in the story. Had this movie been released in the 1970s, it would have found a large, receptive audience. I, for one, found it refreshing to watch a film that takes its time building mood and environment and character.

The strength of the film is its subtlety. Unfortunately, it appears that subtlety is lost on many contemporary film goers. For me, The Moth Diaries returned me to the days when movies could be captivating and sensory without abandoning story in service to "art." I liked it and I'll be tracking Mary Harron's work from now on.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
release date gentonic
Playing at TIFF, Quick Question for the Books C_h_r_i_s_t_o_p_h_e_r
Trailer? AriStarry9
Trailer mislead VanTammen
Are they related or not? Tousdae
Horror or Romance? Is it worth seeing? neilzebub
Discuss The Moth Diaries (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?