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The Haunting of Molly Hartley
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03.27.2009 By: Jason Adams
The Haunting of Molly Hartley order
Director:
Mickey Liddell

Actors:
Haley Bennett
Chace Crawford
Jake Weber

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Molly Hartley gets a fresh start at a new high school after her mom randomly goes crazy and stabs her. When more weird stuff starts happening to Molly, she must determine whether she’s going insane herself or if something more sinister is at play.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I don’t know what’s more horrifying…neverending jump scares or WB teen stars in feature films. It’s no shock that THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY is utterly lame and not scary. But what is surprising is that the flick comes off as more of a teen high school drama than a horror movie, which makes sense considering director Mickey Liddell was the executive producer behind WB teen dramas “Everwood” and “Jack and Bobby.” Great choice to make a horror movie!

As much as the title suggests, the movie doesn’t actually have any haunting in it. THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY a haunting movie as much as the 30 year old actors are in high school. (If there’s shades of 90210, it’s because two of the actors are actually on the new 90210 show. And one is on Gossip Girl.) It’s more in the vein of ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE OMEN, except without any of the scary parts. Here you can tell the parts that are supposed to be scary because they’re punctuated by loud orchestral cues or sound effects. Once in a while there’s also strange whispering. Terrifying!

The flick is clichéd and completely predictable in it’s final act almost to the point of insult. The “shocking” ending will have you rolling your eyes and looking to your friends for confirmation that what you saw actually happened. It’s almost bad in a curiously fun way, but not enough to recommend.
THE EXTRAS
Interviews (6:23): The actors actually talk about their characters and motivations, which is non existent in the movie. And the director namedrops THE EXORCIST, THE SHINING and THE OMEN, which is equally hilarious!

Add a Theatrical Trailer and that’s it!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If bad acting, dumb plots, cheap scares, teen angst and attractive people are your thing, you should check out this movie.

Extra Tidbit: Jake Weber looks like the poor man’s Tim Roth.
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