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The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)

A girl with PTSD attempts to refresh her life at a new school, but soon finds it impossible when she's afflicted by not only bullying and bad memories, but also the supernatural.

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Molly Hartley looks to put her troubled past behind her with a fresh start at a new school, where she sparks with one of the most popular students. But can her secrets stay buried, especially as she learns more about the horrific truth that awaits her once she turns 18? Written by IMDb Editors

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This Halloween, High School can be Hell. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material, violence and terror, brief strong language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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31 October 2008 (USA)  »

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She Lived  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,423,315 (USA) (31 October 2008)

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$13,350,177 (USA) (28 November 2008)
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The sequel is called The Exorcism Of Molly Hartley (2015) See more »

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In the first bathroom scene Leah pushes the stall door out, scaring Molly. But later Molly pushes the stall doors inward looking for the person whispering. See more »

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Alexis: [to Molly, about the kids at lunch] Don't worry. They're not laughing at you. People make fun of me because I'm on a scholarship, not that it's any of their business. And some people are offended because I have a close personal relationship with Jesus. It's doesn't bother me.
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References The Tenant (1976) See more »

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Written by Read Fasse (as J. Read Fasse) and Nick Scapa
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A failure of a movie... a failure of humanity in general.
14 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Horrendous. I've never written a review for a movie, good or bad, nor have I even been inspired to; but this absolute garbage of a movie made me furious enough to want to express what I feel: The failure of this movie can not be overstated.

If you want to know what watching this movie is like, combine the following: *A "noisy shocker" at least once every ten minutes (I wish that were an exaggeration). You all know the noisy shocker; like when a loud barking dog or a group of birds suddenly bursts into the otherwise quiet and peaceful scene in order to make you jump. Overuse of this dynamic is a sure tell of an uninspired and boring thriller/horror movie, and this movie totally engulfs the entire cake of it.

*A disgustingly sappy high school teen atmosphere. Complete with the sassy and rebellious cool girl, handsome and charismatic romantic interest, jealous girlfriend, and all the drama you might find in any teen show on TV. Rich cute white teens all around, for your viewing pleasure.

*About 20 minutes of plot. The rest of the movie deals with the stereotypical problems of the modern rich white high school teen. The first and last 10 minutes are where the plot takes place - the entire middle of this movie goes absolutely nowhere.

*A lazy and transparent religious undertone. We get it. Just accept Jesus as your lord and savior, or else. Everyone else will let you down.

*A twist so mind-numbingly ridiculous, nonsensical and frustrating, that it will leave you with a truck-full of questions (not good philosophical questions, but bad "WTF?" questions), as well as make you wish bad things happened to everyone involved in writing/directing/producing this movie, because they got paid to deliver this abomination of a movie.

All that said, if I had to dig for a good quality in this movie, I would say it is the acting. And that's the only praise I can think of really. All 3 stars I gave this movie are for the decent acting in the face of sheer stupidity.

So in conclusion, avoid this movie, unless dull, boring, lazy and banal high-school-teen based thrillers/horrors with a religious undertone and shockingly idiotic twist happen to be your favorite.


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