Movie Review – Lovely Molly (2011)

Lovely Molly
Directed by Eduardo Sanchez
Courtesy of Image Entertainment
Release Date: May 18, 2012

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LOVELY MOLLY may sound like a charming title for a movie, but that certainly doesn’t fit here. This LOVELY MOLLY is a gritty and grisly horror flick that is just as chilling as it is disturbing. Full of frightening scenes and suspense, this movie will give you an entertaining evening of horror.

If you are not familiar with LOVELY MOLLY, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Image Entertainment website:

LOVELY MOLLY is a gripping horror thriller that begins as newlywed Molly Reynolds moves back into her long-abandoned childhood home. Soon, she experiences unnerving and impossible things. What starts as a simple story about things going bump in the night escalates into a battle for dominion over Molly’s spirit, as she is beset by a cunning, malevolent force bent on wreaking havoc and terror on Molly and her family. Richly exploring the parallels between psychosis, addiction, and demonic possession to chilling effect, LOVELY MOLLY shows us what really happens before the exorcist arrives.

I have to preface the rest of this review by stating this film is not perfect and does have a couple of flaws. But if you can overlook them, you’re in for a real treat. LOVELY MOLLY is a treat for fans of well made, low-budget horror.

The film is shot pretty well, although I couldn’t tell if the filmmakers were trying for a found-footage look, or if the camera was simply shaky at times. This doesn’t detract much from the film itself, though. In certain scenes, the shakiness even adds to the suspense.

LOVELY MOLLY has some truly gruesome scenes as well, which really work well to intensify the situations in the film. In one scene, Molly is kissing her husband when she suddenly clamps down on his lips with her teeth…and doesn’t let go. Her husband struggles to free himself, but Molly has a lock on him that he can’t break. As a result, both of his lips are almost torn off. This is just one of several grisly scenes that you can enjoy within the movie.

A couple of things in the film did not make sense to me. For example, the specific things that Molly’s father did to her as a child were never revealed…so we don’t really no exactly how big of a bastard the man was. Also, there’s no real sense of who or what is doing the haunting. We suspect it’s her dead, but we’re never really told for sure.

But those things aside, LOVELY MOLLY is a fun and terrifying ride that you should check out. The film is available now, so give it a look.

MSB

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