Thursday, 22 October 2015

Blu-ray Review - The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

The Excorism of Molly Hartley
Director: Steven R. Monroe
Cast: Sarah Lind, Devon Sawa, Gina Holden
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Retail: $29.99
Running Time: 96 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available to own on Blu-ray & Digital HD is the horror film The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, the sequel to the 2008 supernatural teen drama The Haunting of Molly Hartley. Directed by Steven R. Monroe, the film stars Sarah Lind, Devon Sawa and Gina Holden. Special Features includes Exorcism: Beyond One Truth, Clovesdale Institute: Calssified Security Camera Footage and Director Diaries.

Set six years after the events of the first film, Molly Hartley (now played by Sarah Lind) has graduated college and has become the youngest lawyer in her firm to become partner. To celebrate her 24th birthday, she has a tryst with a couple, but wakes up the next day to find them dead in her bathtub. When the police finds her, Molly is acting crazy and is sent to a Catholic mental hospital.

Ever since Molly turned eighteen-years-old, a cult had put the soul of the devil into her body and on the sixth day of the sixth month on the sixth year (666) the devil will be released into our world. Dr. Laurie Hawthorne (played by Gina Holden) tries her best to help Molly, but is thrown a curve ball when Molly begins talking in another voice and acting oddly. Hawthorne believes that Molly is possessed by some sort of demon and seeks the help of the former priest Father John Barrow (played by Devon Sawa), who is now a mental patient.

Barrow had recently performed an exorcism that resulted in a deadly outcome. At first he wants nothing to do with Molly, but after meeting her and speaking to the actual devil, he takes up his faith again and tries to drive the devil out of her with an exorcism.

I recall watching The Haunting of Molly Hartley on cable a few years back on a rainy summer afternoon. I was instantly hooked into the movie from the very beginning and up to the point where the screenwriters forgot to finish the script. From there the movie went to hell and the ending made no sense to anyone. The film was panned by critics and only made around $15 million at the box-office. Like many horror fans, I was a surprised when the sequel was announced, but this time with an entirely new cast along with an exorcism plot.

I'm not the biggest fan of exorcism movies, but since it is almost Halloween, I thought I would give the film a try. Well, let's just say that the first movie's ending is quickly explained that Molly is the keeper the of the devil's spirit for 6 years, 6 months and 6 days. Devon Sawa does a pretty decent job playing the priest that is trying to save her. As for the actual exorcism, it's been done to death in horror movies, but there were some nice makeup effects for Molly. Overall, The Exorcism of Molly Harley is a sequel that should have never been made. Nevertheless, it's a lot better than the original film and offers a few scares here and there.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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