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The 2012 Arrow in the Head Mistress of the Year! Gretchen Lodge!

Dec. 28, 2012by: The Arrow

"I can't remember the last time I saw such a fearless, powerful, heartbreaking, scary and layered performance in a horror film. Gretchen Lodge simply blew me away! " - John Fallon aka The Arrow

WHY SHE'S ARROW’S 2012 MISTRESS:
Well this is a first on the site! Usually, when the end of the year comes and I have to pick a MISTRESS OF THE YEAR, I focus on actresses that have a track record of genre titles under their skirts, hence deserving the recognition. And yeah, killer looks also helps. It's called Mistress of the Year, not Good Deed Broad of the Year. This year though, as I ran a couple of well known names in my head, every time I'd settle on a choice, newcomer Gretchen Lodge's performance in Edwardo's Sanchez Lovely Molly would surface in my noggin and eradicate that said choice. That kept happening until I finally caved in and said to myself, "what the f*ck", Gretchen Lodge will  be this year's Mistress, cause she DESERVES IT!

What makes that choice somewhat unique is that this was Gretchen's first lead role and her first horror film. She actually had ZERO acting credits when she responded to a casting notice in Back Stage to audition for Lovely Molly in New York. Shit, I couldn't even find her date or place of birth online! That's how unknown she is! So why am I picking her? Have you seen the film?!!! That's why! I can't remember the last time I saw such a fearless, powerful, heartbreaking, scary and layered performance in a horror film. Gretchen Lodge simply blew me the f*ck away! Stage trained, Gretchen's commitment to the character and her bold approach to all of its aspects totally won me over. Physically, psychologically, sexually, you name it, she ran with it and made it her bitch. She bared her character’s mind, body and soul and put out a raw and visceral display that resonated with me big time. Straight up, and this is just my opinion, in a fair world, based on this performance, Gretchen Lodge should be a HUGE star right now and if The Oscars recognized small genre films like this one, she should get the statuette. That's how good she was! If I look at current young actresses with stardom in their pockets, gals like Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene or Amanda Siegfried... they ain't got jack or shit on Gretch talent wise. Not even close!

Physically, Gretchen reminded me of a young Jenny Wright in Near Dark. And for anybody that knows me, the whole thin, small breasts, green or blue eyes, short hair spiel is one of my top types. So yeah she had me on a superficial level too. Now I've done a lot of research to write this piece, but alas there is very little about Gretchen out there. So, here's what I managed to unearthed about AITH's 2012 Mistress of the Year!

QUOTES: "The gory stuff was intimidating in the script but when you got on set, it was all handled so professionally. Ed and I talked about the nudity a lot. I felt it wasn't gratuitous or unnecessary, it was all part of her journey. Of course, when we were shooting, I could really use a whiskey on those days!"

"I wanted to portray, Molly, the character in way that was as real as possible. There was layer upon layer, and if these people took the time to get to the real problem instead of giving blanket statement of diagnosis than there would be the possibility of recovery."


MARRIAGE MATERIAL QUALITIES:
She has a gorgeous smile and very soulful eyes. She's obviously a very artistic person, her passions are acting and writing, which are two things I can relate to.  In video interviews I've seen of her, she seems to be sweet, genuine and bright. 

MOVIES TO SEE FOR HER ACTING TALENT:
So far Lovely Molly and that's it. I dare ya to name me a more compelling performance than Gretchen's in a horror film this year.

MOVIE TO SEE FOR T&A:
She shows everything (NSFW) in Lovely Molly. But be advised, it wasn't pleasant nudity (NSFW) in the sense that when it went down, the character of Molly was in a pretty dark place, hence nixing out the arousal factor for this horn dog.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT:
She was trained in theatre in London and did plays there before she moved to New York.  When she decided to be an actress, she thought she'd solely do Shakespeare (which she loves) for the rest of her life.

WHAT I WISH HER FOR THE NEW YEAR :
Last I heard, she was finishing writing a short film and a feature length script. So I wish her the best with those. I keep getting the feeling that she's gonna wind up directing at some point, but that's just a hunch, not based on any substancial facts. For the New Year, I wish Gretchen inner peace, love and self fullfillment via her upcoming projects coming together. I also wish for her to get more notoriety for her incredible talent and from a selfish point of view, I want to see Gretch in another horror film. Shite, if there's ever to be a Rosemary's Baby remake (we all know it's coming sooner or later), she'd be ideal for the role. So there ya have it! Gretchen Lodge, AITH's Mistress of the Year... and due to ONE performance in ONE movie alone. Hey! BEYOND WELL EARNED! There's a first time for eveything. Happy New Year girl!



READ MY LOVELY MOLLY REVIEW HERE

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5:45PM on 10/24/2013
An actress no one has heard of in a movie no one has heard of. Kind of anti-climactic.
An actress no one has heard of in a movie no one has heard of. Kind of anti-climactic.
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2:37AM on 12/31/2012
i agree with this choice 100%.
A brave, riveting, terrifying performance that you don't see coming, even if you've heard about the film. I definitely want to see more from this talented lady!
i agree with this choice 100%.
A brave, riveting, terrifying performance that you don't see coming, even if you've heard about the film. I definitely want to see more from this talented lady!
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6:16PM on 12/30/2012
I must admit that i didn't really have an interest in seeing this movie until The Arrow reviewed it, and just like he said, if i remember correctly, it haunted my ass after seeing it!
She is a stunner, and makes the perfect choice for Mistress of 2012.
She needs to get widely noticed and have a long and great career, because she simple blew me away in
Lovely Molly.

Thanks Arrow for introducing me to Lovely Molly and in turn Gretchen Lodge. Yowza!!!!
I must admit that i didn't really have an interest in seeing this movie until The Arrow reviewed it, and just like he said, if i remember correctly, it haunted my ass after seeing it!
She is a stunner, and makes the perfect choice for Mistress of 2012.
She needs to get widely noticed and have a long and great career, because she simple blew me away in
Lovely Molly.

Thanks Arrow for introducing me to Lovely Molly and in turn Gretchen Lodge. Yowza!!!!
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3:36PM on 12/30/2012
Now that I have FINALLY seen Lovely Molly, I can definitely say this was a good choice. She is adorable and gave a heartbreaking and incredible performance, and it's her first movie. Goddamn!
Now that I have FINALLY seen Lovely Molly, I can definitely say this was a good choice. She is adorable and gave a heartbreaking and incredible performance, and it's her first movie. Goddamn!
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4:46PM on 12/28/2012
Good choice! A well-deserved win. She really gave a great performance in that movie. Here's hoping to seeing her in a lot more movies to come.
Good choice! A well-deserved win. She really gave a great performance in that movie. Here's hoping to seeing her in a lot more movies to come.
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