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The plot is ridiculous because it's so unreasonable. The acting and the dialogue are bland. There's no horror nor suspense. It's more like a drama than a horror. However, it also fails terribly as a drama. I don't feel a thing for the main character.
The director tried to make the film look different with a twisted and surprising ending. That only makes it worse.
I realized as I was writing up this review that this film was all too much like so many other "pact with the devil" kind of films like Rosemary's Baby and Ghost Rider wherein someone wants out of the deal before it's, drum roll, "too late" (gasp!). In this film couples that are about to lose their child during labor are visited by a mysterious entity that offers life to the child, but takes ownership of it at the age of 18. This ownership consists of giving them a life of luxury, power, and popularity, but one loses his or her soul in the process. That's about it in the nutshell for this film.
Molly Hartley, very nicely and believably played by Haley Bennett, is the damsel in distress in this film. Earlier her mother attempted to kill her, but failed and was sentenced to an insane asylum. She is cared for by her loving and concerned dad, Medium's Jake Weber, who continues to see his deranged wife while comforting his daughter by changing schools and moving in an effort to have a fresh start. Yup, it's that cliché-ridden. Jake is always believable in any role I've seen him in and one wishes he had more to work with in this film, but he is solid support and even makes the clichéd moments seem more real.Read more ›
Totally not recommended at all.
Oh, she has her issues. She hears strange noises, has odd visions of murdered women, and comes saddled with a boatload of family dysfunction. But by the strict definition of actually being haunted, there's no spirits harassing poor Molly (Haley Bennett).
Her actual problem is a big spoiler, so I'll leave it simply that this movie isn't a ghost story but another movie form entirely, updated to take place in high school, when everyone is painfully hip, pretty, and gets what they deserve in the end.
Okay, not quite what they deserve. The Haunting of Molly Hartley is actually an anti-fundamentalist rant; it seems poor Hartley is the target of divinely-inspired assassins who believe she is the incarnation of evil that must be destroyed. One of them happens to be Molly's mother (Marin Hinkle), who was remanded to an insane asylum. Things go from bad to worse when Molly tries to start a new life in a new high school with her sad-sack father (Jake Weber).
Unfortunately for Molly, her high school seethes with stereotypes: The handsome jock who takes an inordinate interest in her (Chace Crawford); the queen bee who hates her; the rebel girl who allies with her. Notably, there isn't an unattractive soul in the bunch.
And that's the problem with a movie that has nothing to do with ghosts. Anyone expecting an actual haunting will be sorely disappointed by the somewhat mundane reality that at heart is every bad girl's dream: being badder than everybody else.
The Haunting of Molly Hartley uses random scares to substitute for actual horror, too-cool-for-school dialogue to make up for actual dialogue, and steals another plot entirely to make up for the distinct lack of spiritual activity. The real horror story here is high school, but the Haunting can't even get that right.
What you find out along the way becomes interesting, but the pay off doesn't build up any interest, and just leaves you thinking, "WTF was that?"... things make sense, and come together, but in a way that is disappointing and a waste of time. Had it had a better pay off, the film might have been ok, but what it is, is what it is, and it's a shame it's such a terrible ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only reason I rented this was because I had purchased "The Exorcism of Molly Hartley", and although you can understand the backstory of Molly without seeing t, I was... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Nicole K
After so many films of teens with occult powers and such Molly Hartley is a refreshingly different story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Graves
A chilling account. Not Rosemary's baby, but still chilling.Published 3 months ago by Stephanie E. Horn
i bought this one from sun coast years ago and it has very good plot and acting needed more blood i thought but worth seeingPublished 3 months ago by angela silvester
It really ok film, but story is not fully explain. But, when most horror try, they butcher the films.Published 3 months ago by Dylan McNamara
Bad!!Hard time streaming,kept stopping,Screen would go black,never had problems with movies before.Published 4 months ago by JROQ
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AHHHHH!!!! Oh wait, it was just the mail.
AHHHHH!!!! Oh wait, it was just some disembodied head that doesn't actually exist.
AHHHHH!!!! Oh wait, it was just that dorky Zac Efron lookalike again.
I know there were a lot more but my brain mercifully deleted most of the stupidity I only barely...
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