The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)
Plot: Troubled by her mother’s recent psychotic breakdown, Molly (Haley Bennett) hopes to start fresh at a new school by befriending a fellow senior (Chance Crawford) and trying her hand at being a regular kid. But the horrifying truth about her mother is destined to catch up with her. When Molly turns 18, she’ll be held accountable for a supernatural bargain made long ago … one that she can’t escape. Jake Weber co-stars in this sinister yarn.
My Review: I went into this hearing that it sucked. So I didn’t really have any sort of expectations for it. I had it on my Netflix streaming list for months before I finally watched it tonight. I was in the mood for a ghost story…but sadly that’s not what I got.
The movie started off “ok”. Nothing bad, getting into the storyline, getting to know the characters. But then Molly starts acting a little weird. Hears stuff, sees stuff, that obviously nobody else hears. We find out her mom had some illness. She’s locked up in a mental ward somewhere for trying to kill Molly. So, now – like so many movies before it – we are left wondering for the entire movie … “is she nuts, or isn’t she?” and the visions and sounds and stuff keep happening. But none are creative, and none even really make sense to the viewer. I went into this movie thinking the girl would actually be haunted by spirits, or she’d be possessed, turns out we don’t really get any of the above.
Later on, we find out why Molly’s mother tried to kill her, and the movie just takes a religious turn. I was baptized, and was raised for a short period of time to be Catholic, but I don’t practice it, and I’ve never enjoyed religious movies. I find them boring. Probably why I’m not that into possession movies, for the most part they shove religion down my throat. The last 30 minutes were VERY boring for me. The ending was pretty shitty as well, but that didn’t surprise me.
I’m confused about one scene. The beginning, there is a girl and her father and they get into a car accident. I have an awful memory, but I don’t seem to recall them EVER being mentioned again. I don’t get the purpose of this scene. If someone has seen this, please let me know what you think…
Gore/FX: None really. Some CGI shots of “ghosts”, a few nose bleeds. But nothing other then that.
Sexual Content: None.
Acting: Perfectly fine. Nice that I knew quite a few actors or at least heard of them. Most were from the CW (ex-WB) Network shows. Gossip Girl, and a couple from the new version of 90210. Not that I watch those…seriously, but I do watch a few shows on that channel to know the actors from commercials.
Overall: Its just a shame that these days all movies that are advertised as being ghost movies are really movies about demons. I believe in ghosts not demons. Therefore I generally don’t give a flying frick about these sorts of films. This really came across as a movie for 12 year olds with nothing really going on. Nothing special and no replay value for me. I won’t be watching it again. BUT, its not the worst movie I’ve ever seen. For that I give it 2/5 stars.
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