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Lovely Molly
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Sep 7, 2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Eduardo Sanchez

Actors:
Gretchen Lodge
Johnny Lewis
Alexandra Holden

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Newlyweds Tim and Molly move in to her parents old house to start their new life together. However, Tims job as a truck driver leaves Molly alone quite oftenalone in a house thats full of family secrets and perhaps something more sinister.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
LOVELY MOLLY opens with a crying, distraught woman filming herself and apologizing to the camera. Its a scene eerily reminiscent of an iconic moment in director Eduardo Sanchezs THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Thankfully, however, thats where the similarities end, allowing MOLLY to exist in its own effective style of horror.

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 dont know if its just her mind dredging up scarring memories of her childhood home, a mental breakdown caused by heroin withdrawal, or something supernatural. Its 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 its 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 dont know where Sanchez found her, but for her first film role shes 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, its 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.
THE EXTRAS
All the special features here come in the form of fake investigative Dateline-style news videos that examine the events of the film as if they were real. It provides a lot of backstory and in some cases gives a pretty clear cut answer to questions left purposefully vague in the movie. So be aware of that.

Path to Madness (7:02): Investigators delve in to Mollys 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 Mollys behavior as demonic possession and again emphasizes the houses 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 its all kind of cheesy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
LOVELY MOLLY is different than your average horror flick, which itself should be enough to recommend given todays lackluster genre offerings. However, with a strong lead performance and effective work from the director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, I think its worth checking out for horror fans.

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.
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3:02PM on 09/07/2012
This movie sucked ass.
This movie sucked ass.
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