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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.


Mickey Liddell
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The past awaits her. See more »


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

She Lived See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,423,315, 2 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,350,177, 30 November 2008
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Lowndes also together on the television show 90210 (2008). See more »


When Molly is struggling with her mother at the top of the stairs, we hear her mother say "I can't let you live!", but her mouth isn't moving. See more »


Mrs. Hartley: Molly! Let me save you!
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Followed by The Exorcism of Molly Hartley (2015) See more »


Performed by The Sammies
Written by Frank Backgammon, Donnie Yale, Gymmy Thunderbird and Upshaw Murphy
Courtesy of MoRisen
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The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)
25 February 2009 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

Rating: 2 out of 4 (OK)

Genre: Horror / Thriller / Supernatural

Director: Mickey Liddell

Stars: Haley Bennett, Jake Weber, Chace Crawford, Shannon Marie Woodward, Shanna Collins, AnnaLynne McCord, Marin Hinkle, Nina Siemaszko, Josh Stewart, Jessica Lowndes

Synopsis: Molly's a 17-year-old starting a new school after moving to a new town since her mother tried killing her by stabbing her in the chest. All seems to be going well but hallucinations and nosebleeds lead her to believe that something will happen to her on her eighteenth birthday.

Thoughts: 'Molly Hartley' is a supernatural thriller that does its hardest to channel the spirit of films like 'Rosemary's Baby' with a healthy dose of '90210'-like teen angst drama. Since the scares are all of the jump variety and no sustainable atmosphere is anywhere to be found 'Molly' just spins around in the tired circles of the latest CW drama. I guess it should come as no surprise that the powers that be loaded this one with the beautiful faces that populate '90210' and 'Gossip Girl'. Heck looking at the IMDb filmography and you start to think that 'Molly Hartley' seems more at home on the Lifetime Movie Channel than on the big screen. The cast and crew do a decent enough job with a script that plays more like a 90 minute episode of a teen drama series with a slight supernatural twinge and a thoroughly nut-scratching finale.

In Conclusion: Taylor made for 'tweens and teens, 'The Haunting of Molly Hartley' is just a tepid thriller that builds ever-so-slowly to a crescendo of mediocrity.

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