The Haunting of Molly Hartley

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Le Cauchemar De Molly Hartley

DVD - 2009
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After her mother is locked away in a mental hospital Molly Hartley tries to start over at a new school, but when her nightmares continue she discovers that there are dangerous and disturbing secrets surrounding her and her family.
Publisher: Montréal : Alliance Vivafilm : Distributed in Canada by Alliance Films, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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jazeebelle
May 12, 2014

Predictable and down right silly at times. Save your time, skip it.

bears1985 Mar 23, 2014

It was fair a little slow but I think it's worth a watch

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joseph
Aug 27, 2009

Fair – The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) 82 min. After all is said and done, this is not a bad “horror” flick. The film unfolds more like a mystery than a true horror because the main character and the viewer never really understand what’s happening to her until the bitter end. The reason for the “Fair” rating vs. a “Good” rating is only because in the end, the story brings in a new “reality” that circumvents everything we’ve seen in the film. In other words, the outcome of Molly Hartley defies everything you know of the genre which left me with more questions than answers or rather “hey, they can’t do that”; but they did.

SPOILER ALERT - COMMENTARY ON SUCH FILMS] There’s something sinister afoot in Hollywood. At one time, the good guys were always the victors against the bad guys. The good guys were portrayed with positive attributes and virtues which we all emulated. Today, the good guy is portrayed as just plain weird, a Bible thumper, or completely anti-social. The bad guy is portrayed as cool, gets everything they want, and positioned as those for which we should admire. Case in point: I just saw a film called “The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2009)”. The film is about demonic worship, which you'll only gather at the end of the picture, and if you submit to the devil’s will, all will be wonderful [what a switch - doesn't the same hold true with God?]. The ending led me to believe that once the main character became one with the devil, her life is “blessed” with riches and power. The sky was blue, the sun shined brightly, the music was positive, all went on with their business as if nothing's happened or will happen, and yet, the main character was now a demon. The scene tells us that a difficult situation had been imposed on the main character but hey, everything is not only going to be o.k. but even better. Though the protagonists fought the temptation to go with the devil, the same character realized afterwards how wrong she was with her fears?!? Though for most of us, we could interpret good from evil but to some, that line may be getting thinner and thinner. And Hollywood is doing a bang up job thinning that line for us. Do we need to be inundated with this type of subliminal messaging? It’s for this reason that I consider such a film dangerous. As a movie itself, the director told the story the best he could with good production values. The problem is not the movie itself but the messages left behind.

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