Lovely Molly (2011) | The makers of The Blair Witch Project crank up the fright factor

Lovely Molly

‘I’m not in control’ are the first words we hear from the not-so lovely Molly (who resembles a wasted crack whore), in this 2011 horror from director Eduardo Sánchez, best known for that Blair Witch phenomenon a decade ago.

So how did Molly (Gretchen Lodge) end up in such a pathetic state, and what terrible thing has she done? We soon find out through her home movies; beginning with her wedding and then setting up house with her new husband in her parent’s old home, plus some good old-fashioned genre storytelling.

Gretchen Lodge as Lovely Molly

With her trucker husband Tim, played by Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis (who died tragically in September 2012), away for long periods, Molly finds herself all alone in the house – where a sense of dread hangs like a funeral pall. Something horrible involving her dead father happened in the house, and Molly soon believes his spirit is hiding in the shadows. Neither Tim nor Molly’s pot-smoking sister believe her because of her history of drug abuse. Is this just a re-occurrence? Well, the fact Molly’s using again doesn’t help her case – it just makes matters worse. So, is she possessed or is it just the drugs talking? When the truth starts to reveal itself and Molly starts stalking the woods with her camcorder, you think the poor lass really has gone over the ledge. Then comes the ‘money shot’, and you find yourself shouting at the screen, ‘What the hell?’

Gretchen Lodge as Lovely Molly

With Lovely Molly, Sánchez has crafted a seriously disturbing movie that evokes Roman Polanski classic 1965 psychological chiller Repulsion – another tale about a woman’s descent into madness in the confines of a single setting. He’s also thrown in the short sharp shocks of the Paranormal Activity kind (banging doors, alarms going off, etc) that audiences want from this kind of movie. But the possibility that Molly might be genuinely mentally ill overshadows the scare tactics. Newcomer Lodge gives an amazing visceral performance, so much so that I wanted to call a medic and get her treated. And while the final scene sort of answers my concerns, it still feels like it was tacked on just to allay my fears.

And just one last thing, the music by Chicago post-rock band Tortoise is like a pneumatic drill and a fleet of helicopters going off inside your head. Brilliant – if you like skull-splitting soundscapes.

Lovely Molly is available from Metrodome VOD for £7.99.

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About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on December 10, 2013, in Horror, Might See, Might-See and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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