LOVELY MOLLY (2011) Reviews and overview

 

Lovely Molly is a 2011 American horror feature film directed by Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project). The Haxan Films production stars Gretchen Lodge in the title role, Johnny Lewis and Alexandra Holden.

Plot:

When newlywed Molly returns to her long-abandoned family home she is plagued by a series of disturbing events that leaves her shaken and defenceless.

Reminders of a nightmarish childhood lead her to the shocking conclusion that somewhere in the house lies an evil force that will pull Molly and all those around her into darkness and death.

Unable to escape, she must soon face her deepest fears and confront the evil that lurks in the dark…

Reviews:

“It displayed a stand out performance by Gretchen Lodge and it stayed with me long after it was over. Yeah it got a bit repetitive an hour in or so and Molly should have been pulled out of that house, or should have just booked out; but that wasn’t enough to tarnish the experience that was this multi-layered horror film. Lovely Molly! I love ya!” Arrow in the Head

“In the end, it wouldn’t be fair to say that Lovely Molly is a mess, but it certainly feels like half a movie. I’m constantly on the lookout for the next great supernatural horror movie and this one had potential. But, Sanchez went a little to arthouse here and left too many questions for the audience.” DVD Sleuth

“This horror melodrama from Blair Witch co-director Eduardo Sanchez surprisingly isn’t a found-footage picture — but a ghost story/crack-up effort which seesaws between The Entity and Repulsion. Lodge is uncomfortably convincing and there’s one memorably squirm-inducing act of violence.” Empire

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Lovely Molly is technically excellent, with some neat camerawork and images, but falls flat in every department. Dull and unscary, the film only adds weight to the fact that the horror genre is in desperate need of a shot of creativity and originality.” Flickering Myth

“The movie refuses to go broad and hysterical with it, though, and Lodge’s performance is natural and dialed down to normal human being levels. The script might give her some overtly creepy moments, like her attempted seduction of a local priest, but her basic humanity is never lost. This approach sort of reminded me of The Exorcist…Oh, the Horror!

Cast and characters:

Gretchen Lodge … Molly

Johnny Lewis … Tim

Alexandra Holden … Hannah

Field Blauvelt … Pastor Bobby

Ken Arnold … Samuels

Tara Garwood … Mother / Mall Woman

Camilla Zaidee Bennett … Little Girl

Kevin Murray … Hensley

Doug Roberts … Uncle Bert

Dan Manning … Doctor Dean

Daniel Ross … Victor

Brandon Thane Wilson … Spit Cup

Bus Howard … Crime Scene Cop

Josh Jones … Peter

Bethany Hoffman … Family Friend

Filming locations:

Hagerstown, Maryland

Technical details:

100 minutes

Trailer: