Release Date: VOD now, DVD/Blu on August 28th.
Written by: Eduardo Sanchez and Jamie Nash.
Directed by: Eduardo Sanchez.
Starring: Gretchen Lodge, Alexandra Holden and Johnny Lewis.
Is this the story of a woman being haunted by demons, or is it merely the tale of another crazy bitch, doing crazy things? Honestly, I can't say. Maybe it's both?
Lovely Molly is one of those "let the audience decide" types of endeavors. If you like your horror laced with ambiguity, you'll devour this one feverishly. If you prefer answers to being left to figure shit out on your own, you'll devour it just the same (because it's a good flick), but you'll most likely hork it right back up once you've finished.
Either way, what we have here is a stylish and well made movie by one of the minds that brought us The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez. For the record, this may just be his best film to date.
|She doesn't look high at all.|
Between all of the weird noises, odd happenings, and someone stalking around outside with a video camera, Molly can't catch a break. It doesn't help that Tim is a Truck Driver, and is always on the road, leaving her alone in the house to face these things alone... with heroin of course. Creepiness and lack of explanations ensue.
|What is it?!?|
Eduardo Sanchez knows how to make an effective horror movie, that much is clear. Blair Witch was a fantastic and genre defining (whether you loved it or hated it, you can't deny its impact) movie. His next big feature, Seventh Moon, was such a shaky-cam mess that we found it to be mostly unwatchable. Shame, that, because underneath all of the shitty visuals was a pretty good story. With Lovely Molly, he keeps the Found Footage/POV tricks to a minimum, and offers us a straight up horror movie. Overall, it was well made and packed plenty of scares into its framework.
We have to tip our hats to newcomer Gretchen Lodge, or else we'd be fools. She came out of nowhere and delivered one hell of a performance, especially for this being her first film. we truly hope that we get to see more genre work from her in the future.
Everybody who is writing or directing lower budget horror flicks these days really needs to quit trying to out-clever each other. All of the ambiguous "I left it open to the audiences interpretation" bullshit is growing old. We need a little more cause with our effect. It doesn't even feel creative anymore when filmmakers more or less leave their films open ended; most of the time, it just feels like a cop out. More and more these days were left saying "so what happened?" at the end of movies (or sometimes during), and it's just getting tiring. Make a stand guys. Pick a road and go down it; allude to some obscure things along the side of the road or what lies just beyond our site in the forest, but pick a damn road.
|Is it live, or is it her mental Memorex?|
|Yeah, you know what happened.|
|Why big sister didn't get naked, we'll never know.|
|Don't worry, Molly. We don't know either.|