Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Lovely Molly (2011)
Lovely Molly is the type of film that gets under your skin. The type of film that will make you squirm in your seat but keep you continuously riveted, unable to take your eyes off the screen as the horror and madness washes over you. Without a doubt, it's one of the scariest films I've seen this year and proof positive that the haunted house gag can always be new, inventive, and fresh.
Along with her husband Tim, Molly moves back into her childhood home after the death of her parents. It's not long before a locked back door mysteriously opens and sets off the couple's newly installed security system. Tim had it installed because he's a truck driver and is frequently away from home for work. After disarming the alarm and advising the security company to send someone, a police officer shows up and finds no signs of forced entry.
As we get further into the lives of our two main characters, we sense that something isn't quit right about their pasts. When Molly's sister comes over to visit, welcoming them back to the neighborhood, she assures her that it's a good thing that they've moved in and that she was meant to always come back home. The inference being that something at some point was horribly amiss and Molly had to go away.
Our strange happenings continue in the house with strange noises and voices becoming more and more prevalent. Molly seems to be transfixed with a few areas of the house: her father's den that is adorned with pictures of horses, the family's stable, and the kitchen where she spends nights contemplating her reasons for coming back. After a trip to the attic it's all down hill as we learn what afflicted Molly in her not too distant past.
I really don't want to get into too many additional plot points other than to say the film straddles the line between ghostly haunting and demonic possession from here on out and it's unlike anything you have ever seen before. Lots of heavy imagery used which, by film's end, makes you wonder: was the haunting real or representative of the demons (emotional and mental) that resided within Molly?
Lovely Molly is a great example of minimalistic horror at it's best. Sure there are a couple of scenes that are particularly brutal, but by and large, a lot is left to the imagination. One scene in particular had me floored and scared to retire to my bedroom the night I watched it. I'd say that's a job well done.
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