One of the weirdest vampire films I’ve watched is The Moth Diaries. This 2011 film was based on a novel of the same title by Rachel Klein. The story focuses on Rebecca, whose poet father committed suicide two years prior. Since then, Rebecca’s mother has enrolled her in a boarding school to help her build a new life away from all the reminders at home of her father. Starting a new school year, Rebecca’s best friend falls under the influence of a vampire named Ernessa, and unless Rebecca can find a way to stop Ernessa, the price will be the life of her best friend and then likely Rebecca, as well.
As I write out the plot for the film, I realize there are certain parallels between this story and my first novel Gidion’s Hunt. Like Rebecca, Gidion must stop the vampires to save the life of his friends.
Rachel Klein’s story finds a fresh approach to the vampire myth with the moth. Several species of moths are nicknamed “vampire moths” because they feed on blood. I have to think that tidbit offered some inspiration to Klein’s novel. I have a good friend who despises moths; she should never watch this film.
I consider Rebecca a fun, debatable selection for my Fangs God It’s Friday as a vampire hunter-type character. I say “debatable” (SPOILER ALERT!)because the film leaves you to wonder if Rebecca is so traumatized by her father’s death that she’s imagining the entire thing. Some question if Ernessa even exists or, worse, if Ernessa is just a normal classmate and unfortunate victim of Rebecca’s mental breakdown. I will say that I fall into the camp who believes Ernessa was indeed a vampire and that Rebecca’s trauma actually draws Ernessa to her (END SPOILER). Bolger delivers a great performance, and she’s the main reason I wanted to watch this film. Prior to this, Bolger impressed me with her performance in the TV series The Tudors as a young Mary Tudor. She manages to make Mary so sympathetic that it’s easy to forget she will grow into the infamous “Bloody Mary,” even though she plays Mary with all the elements that will eventually lead to her persecution of Protestants.
For anyone curious to watch a smart vampire film and doesn’t mind a story with a slow burn to the plot (or moths), I think you’ll enjoy The Moth Diaries.