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LOVELY MOLLY (2011) FOUR TOP HATS

(re-post)

WOAH WOAH WOH WOAH WOAH – what is this?? Why does this have such a low rating on IMDB?? I thought this was pretty fucking good! Not only did it have a couple of put-my-hand-in-front-of-my-TV-view moments but, I can’t believe this, it gave me the creeps a couple of times, as in, I had the goosebumps. Maybe it’s that I spent a lot of time in old, creaky houses when I was a kid looking at old, scary things from the ’20s and ’30s or maybe that I am creeped out by sociopathic behavior coming from seemingly nice people, but this movie really worked for me. I mean, we’re all different and have different perspectives, but I thought this was pretty awesome. If you’re thinking about a scary movie for Friday or Saturday night, this is the one!

i will not be this lovely for very long

Eduardo Sanchez of Blair Witch infamy revisits what made him famous in the opening scene were this beauty (Gretchen Lodge) is talking into her video camera bawling about how everything is not her fault, preparing to slit her own throat (check it in the trailer). We then cut to some more handheld action of her wedding to nice guy, truck driver Tim (Johnny Lewis), some cavorting around with her sister (Alexandra Holden) and they head to their new place to live, the sisters’ old, three story, creepy and creaky mother fucking house where – well – there’s history… before too long alarms are going off in the middle of the night and Tim’s off on his long hauls and she’s visited by what could be demons or the ghost of her dead father or maybe she’s insane or maybe she’s fucked up on drugs and everything’s in her head. Either way, she soon goes from nice and cuddly to this:

I think one of the things that really worked well for me here is that all of the acting is well done and believable. No one makes a bunch of stupid decisions that we all hate and no one goes around talking to themselves and it seems the production house believed in Sanchez’ vision because nothing feels rushed. There’s a lot of long, slow build-up moments that don’t feel Michael Bay-d and, like I said, a couple of them gave me the willies. There is also a surprisingly large amount of REAL special effect bloodness, no fucking CGI and, if you’re not in the mood – a pretty serious sex scene (that doesn’t look completely fake) and a couple of non erotic nude scenes.

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There’s also a side story about someone stalking another family that’s really creepy. If you watch this you’ll be surprised with how that ends up (I think). I really liked Lovely Molly. In fact, I took today off of work to burn some vacation time, watched this this morning lying around on the couch an actually have it on again as I type this shit up. I say “Well done, Sanchez!” But that’s just me.

41 comments

  1. This sounds really good. I love movies that slow burn and take their time to really give you the creeps instead of pulling the punches so to speak. Plus it’s rare that a movie makes me *shiver* anymore and this sounds like it will. Excellent review, good sir!

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  2. I have been looking forward to this one because I will pretty much watch any old dark house movie, and I’m happy to see it gets a good review from you. I think the IMDb voters who vote on mainstream horror releases aren’t happy with a horror movie unless it involves levels of violence such as someone being skinned alive with a cheese grater during a rape, so that might explain the low rating.

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  3. catalinmesaru

    I can see where you’re coming from with this one, especially because of this: “Maybe it’s that I spent a lot of time in old, creaky houses when I was a kid looking at old, scary things from the ’20s and ’30s or maybe that I am creeped out by sociopathic behavior coming from seemingly nice people, but this movie really worked for me. I mean, we’re all different and have different perspectives, but I thought this was pretty awesome.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more: we’re all different, we have different perspectives etc. I for one, couldn’t stand this movie and I abhor it completely. I found it to be too snail-paced and I think it tried too hard.

    However, I do understand why someone would like it and I think your review is very good in order to get people to watch it and make their minds up. My review just slaps it on the head repeatedly :))))))

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  4. Why does this sound ssosoooooooooo familiar?? I’m 99% sure it’s on Netflix, that’s probably it. I’m pretttyyy sure I haven’t seen it, but I can’t be sure. I’ll check it out tonight! I trust your judgement 🙂

    #satanicbestiesforever
    #creepsiesforever
    #ninetyninepercent

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  5. Hey Eric, great write up. I hate to agree with the lunatics of IMDB but I reeeeeeeeeally didn’t like this one. Just, ick. Not sure what, it just didn’t sit well with me.

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