Molly Reynolds (Gretchen Lodge) is moving back into her long abandoned childhood home with her husband Tim (Johnny Lewis). Tim is a truck driver and often must leave Molly to her own devices as he is out on the road. But as Molly starts to spend more time along in the remote country house, she starts to experience unexplained events that unnerve her to her very core. As the mysterious happenings escalate, Molly’s behaviour also changes, including her returning to a drug addiction she had successfully conquered in the past. Memories of Molly’s childhood indicate it may not have been particularly idyllic and Molly starts to believe the ghost of her father is haunting her. Molly must battle her memories, her visions and her addiction in order to survive the ordeal in her own home.
I had heard great buzz about Lovely Molly, which is directed by Eduardo Sanchez, who co-directed the mega hit The Blair Witch Project. Technically, Sanchez scores big here. The film is drenched in heavy atmosphere, with the old house serving as a gothic and claustrophobic backdrop to Molly’s impending descent. Gretchen Lodge does a great job in her role of Molly, successfully conveying her confusion, madness, disbelief and conflict. The film starts out strong with great visuals and an intriguing set up that really had be excited to see where things were going to go. But from about the halfway point, especially when Molly starts using drugs again, the movie lost its steam for me. What could have been a look at an interesting haunting or even possession became more about addiction and its connection to our psyches. It really felt like a paranormal themed Trainspotting tale and where I think it would have been really great had it stayed concentrating on the paranormal aspects of the story, it switches gears and becomes more prominently about Molly’s addiction resurfacing. The tone of the movie changes and Sanchez really lost me when it did. The film still has great performances and atmosphere going for it, but I found the focus on drug addiction to take me out of the story and not buy into the supernatural aspects of the story.
The Blu-ray from Image is solid, especially considering how dark the film is. Black levels are deep, colors are natural and solid, detail and clarity are very nice and the sound has some nice atmosphere thanks to some subtle surround use. If you enjoy haunting or possession films, you may want to give Lovely Molly a chance, the disinterest I had in some elements of the story may have just been personal preference and may be quite intriguing to others. It has all the technical elements working for it; it just went in the wrong direction for me.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.