From the director of The Blair Witch
Project (Eduardo Sanchez) comes his latest supernatural
horror that stars Gretchen Lodge as Molly, a newly wed who has just
recently moved into her late father's home with her husband Tim (Johnny
Lewis). Unfortunately this idyllic cabin in the country is far from
peaceful and when Tim, her trucker husband is off driving, Molly's
damaged past begins to haunt her.
While alone in the house, Molly starts to
hear strange noises and when she informs her husband and sister Hannah
(Alexandra Holden), they believe that something is wrong with her
mentally. To compound the situation, Molly has a sordid past of hardcore
drugs and interestingly enough, things worsen when she has first joint
after several years.
Is the presence in the house that Molly
senses the spirit of her evil father or is it the demons from her
childhood haunting her soul. That is the first question that the viewer
get asked and I loved how Sanchez makes a link to marijuana and
psychophrenia... or is it something more sinister?
As Molly's health begins to deteriorate, so
does her appearance as she starts to look like a wild woman as opposed
to the lovely wife who first moved into her father's cabin. When I first
discovered that Lovely Molly was directed by Eduardo Sanchez of The
Blair Witch Project fame, I was expecting a film with a considerable
amount of twists and turns but thankfully he does not rest on his
laurels and throws some interesting questions at the view. My only gripe
about the film is that the lacklustre ending as we've seen too many
endings similar to this in other horror films. Nonetheless, it's
entertaining trying to find the supernatural evidence in the film.
In terms of cast, Lovely Molly is well cast, especially the lead played
by Gretchen Lodge who really makes you feel for her character, even with
her inner darkness. Seeing her fall into this terrible world is quite
frightening. Johnny Lewis is also cast well as Molly's protective
husband who is caught between the real world and the supernatural.
Lastly we have Alexandra Holden as Hannah, Molly's sister who suffered a
similar fate as her sibling but seems more grounded in reality. All in
all, Lovely Molly is definitely not your average horror thanks to the at
times clever script and strong performances.
On Blu-ray, Lovely Molly looks rather
impressive on Blu-ray thanks to the Red One cameras which creates
extremely sharp images, vibrant colours when used, strong blacks and no
video noise whatsoever. Sanchez also employs his tactics from The
Blair Witch Project with consumer grade cameras to give the film
more of an edge but it sometimes does become a little annoying as it
swaps between these two formats a little too often.
Add in a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and
this is used quite well in the film, especially when you hear the
background sounds which creates this interesting supernatural ambience.
I literally jumped out of my chair when someone was trying to open the
In conclusion, Lovely Molly is a carefully scripted horror which is more
of a thriller than horror. It's a great twist on the supernatural,
especially with its drug use themes. Just be warned... there are some
very bloody moments in this film but enough with the predicable cliché