THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A teenage girl is nearly stabbed to death by her crazy mother. Eventually her and her pops move away to try and start over. She attends private school now and is on the verge of her 18th birthday, and stuff is going to go bad for her. She's going to face some serious haunting, which inspires this movie's awesome title.
Is it good movie?
At some point after Scream, every horror movie made involved a buxom teen star that was on some lame show on the WB network. The movies were rarely scary, quite derivative and usually featured more 'wet boobs in the rain' than anything. Now we're in the era where religion and horror are hot and so we keep getting these teen horror flicks mixed with scary undertones like Darkness, The Reaping, The Messengers and other such dreck.
And let me tell you, this movie is not an exception to that rule. It's not a good movie at all. There's so little character development besides the fact that Molly has parent issues and is pretty 'normal' other than that. This movie is absolutely predictable and you'll know what's going to happen before it does. It feels cookie cutter because it really is cookie cutter. It should have been called Rosemary's Baby 90210.
The effects are hilariously bad and this movie isn't even a ghost story at all. Molly's only problem is that she got stabbed a bunch of times and she remembers it. Almost nothing else happens that's worth noting and it all leads up to a terrible, terrible finale that brings sweet relief that the film is over. This movie is not very good.
Video / Audio
Video sports a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer and was pretty clean with nice colors, despite the fact that this was a screener DVD.
Audio is in Dolby 5.1 and was clear enough, with some nice rear action (get your head out of the gutter) in appropriate places.
We have Cast and Crew interviews with a little fluff piece from Haley Bennett, Shanna Collins, AnnaLynne Mccord and the director Mickey Liddell. The stuff here is brief and doesn't reveal a lot but the questions that are asked are answered. Liddell has a lot of answers but should be featured less because his answers are as if he's talking about a different film altogether.
Also, a trailer.
This movie sucks. I usually try to find something redeeming about a flick, but almost nothing could save this. There's no beating around the bush. Unless you've got a 12 year old who won't stop pulling at your sleeve, you need to avoid this one like a bad movie. What else can I say? It's poorly acted, derivative, full of plot holes and low on entertainment value.