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The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)

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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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Mickey Liddell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Bennett ... Molly Hartley
Jake Weber ... Robert Hartley
Chace Crawford ... Joseph Young
Shannon Woodward ... Leah
Shanna Collins ... Alexis
AnnaLynne McCord ... Suzie
Marin Hinkle ... Jane Hartley
Nina Siemaszko ... Dr. Emerson
Josh Stewart ... Mr. Draper
Jessica Lowndes ... Laurel
Randy Wayne ... Michael
Jamie McShane ... Father
Ron Canada ... Mr. Bennett
Kevin Cooney ... Dr. Donaldson
Ross Thomas ... Jock
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Storyline

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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

She Lived See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,423,315, 2 November 2008

Gross USA:

$13,559,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,418,749
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Molly goes to unlock her front door, on her keyring is a keychain of Byakuya from the anime Bleach. See more »

Goofs

When in English class the professor passes the Bibles for the class, he sets only four bibles in every row, when Leah gets her, we can see she's the third one in her row, there are other two students behind her and both of them get a bible. See more »

Quotes

Molly Hartley: [in the hospital] How did you know I was here?
Alexis: Everyone at Huntington knows everything. No secrets. You're big news. But don't worry about it.
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Connections

References The Tenant (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Postman
Performed by The Sammies
Written by Frank Backgammon, Donnie Yale, Gymmy Thunderbird and Upshaw Murphy
Courtesy of MoRisen
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Lame...at least everyone in the movie is good looking
3 November 2008 | by The_Amazing_Spy_RisesSee all my reviews

Well, I didn't really want to see this movie at all. I work at a theater, and I was forced to watch this with my boss so I could talk with her about the promotion I've wanted for a very long time. By the time the credits rolled, "Molly Hartley" had injected me with insane predictability, zero plot, and good looking people to the point where I almost didn't want said promotion anymore.

Like I've already mentioned twice, the film's best and only strong point is the amount of good looking people in the movie. Even the geeky character is good looking. Haley Bennett manages to carry the movie in decent fashion, avoiding becoming laughable as most PG-13 horror movie heroines do *glares at Camilla Belle*. Chace Crawford was a presence I could have done without, while Shannon Woodward was the best performer (and had the best character) in the movie as Leah.

I will give this movie a bit of credit for not being formulaic for about 75% of the movie...while it avoids typical clichés most of the time, it arrives at a conclusion so obvious, stupid, rushed, and unfinished that you can't help but wonder who allowed this movie to be made. It doesn't go for cheap jump scares, which I appreciated, and is more of a satanic thriller than a straight up horror movie. Of course, it's my feeling that PG-13 horror movies not named "The Ring" are just as bad as the Disaster/Date/Superhero Movie franchise, but Molly Hartley manages to barely avoid being as disastrous as Prom Night or When A Stranger Calls. Don't take that as a compliment. It's very easy to beat those movies.

My biggest complaint would be the fact that the movie basically has no plot. We just follow Molly Hartley around aimlessly as the evidence of her being the hottest devil child ever builds up, and then "BAM", an epic fail of an ending comes, scroll goes the credits, and SMACK goes the sound of heads hitting desks. Whoever greenlit this movie is on crack, and I'm not joking.

Please don't waste your time.


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