The set-up is fairly standard, with a young girl finding herself alone in a home where everything is not as it seems, but as LOVELY MOLLY progresses it proves it has more up its sleeve than your typical haunted house movie. As Molly begins hearing and seeing things, we donít know if itís just her mind dredging up scarring memories of her childhood home, a mental breakdown caused by heroin withdrawal, or something supernatural. Itís not really an original scenario, but Sanchez uses it to maximum effect and as you learn more and more about the different facets of Molly and her husband you connect more with the characters. Which comes in handy as the film builds in intensity, opting more for psychological horror than jump scares. By the end, I think itís safe to say things have gone from unsettling to emotionally devastating.
The film features stellar acting across the board, but newcomer Gretchen Lodge is pretty amazing as the title character. I donít know where Sanchez found her, but for her first film role sheís an immense talent, pulling off all the different, important layers of Molly and going for broke emotionally more than once. If the movie has any rewatchability to it, itís mostly thanks to her performance. The ending is also highly debatable (and abrupt), the kind that begs for discussion and a second viewing. Again, not that dissimilar from BLAIR WITCH.
Path to Madness (7:02): Investigators delve in to Mollyís childhood, specifically her father, shining light on some of the ambiguities of the movie.
Haunted Path (7:24): This one looks at the legend of their haunted house and the ghost stories associated with it dating back to the 1700s.
Demonic Forces (7:18): This featurette tries to explain Mollyís behavior as demonic possession and again emphasizes the houseís history with the occult (including an explanation for the end) along with interviews with her former psychiatrist.
Is it Real? (6:38): This is where things get meta, as this one looks at the filming of LOVELY MOLLY, suggesting that the set itself was haunted. Interviews with cast and crew, as well as the paranormal psychic team brought in to investigate, try to sell it as real, but itís all kind of cheesy.
Extra Tidbit: The movie was originally titled THE POSSESSION, until they heard Sam Raimi was producing a movie of the same name at the same time.