The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)

This movie must of had to be haunted with this final cut.

Troubled by her mother’s recent psychotic break, Molly (Haley Bennett) hopes to start fresh at a new school. She befriends fellow senior Joseph (Chace Crawford) and is happy to be a regular kid again. 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 cannot escape.

This is a horror movie without any horror. It tells you it’s sexy, but there’s no sex. It’s called ‘The Haunting of Molly Hartley’, but there’s no haunting. No ghosts! There’s a half-witted, ill-defined plot about Satanic destiny and a nonsensical ending. The first 15 minutes of the film are from a different movie entirely. It’s vaguely tied to ‘Molly Hartley’, but never comes full circle.

There are the obvious little jumps and scares that make you jump in your seat but that only happens if your in a movie theater. When your watching a horror movie your expected to be shocked if it was for grotesque or scary reasons, however this film has none of those reasons.

It does have this idea of throwing in religion which might make this film a bit more scary and like legitimate with a bit of sense. So putting the devil up against God, cause you know how scary that mythology really can get, and really I have no idea what kind of story dives so far like that. Essentially, after awhile this film just becomes an excuse to watch a high school student in a very skimpy uniform for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The screenplay is so terrible. There are lines in this film that feel so unbelievably non believable. It feels like it was written by a 2nd grader that just was told this was a scary movie, make it scary. And so that kid did, but now that I think about it, I feel like some body even younger wrote this.

If there was anything good about this film was that the first time I watched it I meant some people that actually turned out to be one of my best friends in the world, so this film brought out some good memories within it.

Consensus: Stupid film, no horror, and a bad script. That all leads to the disaster of this crap.


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