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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Molly Hartley
... Robert Hartley
... Joseph Young
... Leah
... Alexis
... Suzie
... Jane Hartley
... Dr. Emerson
... Mr. Draper
... Laurel
... Michael
... Father
... Mr. Bennett
... Dr. Donaldson
... 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

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This Halloween, High School can be Hell. 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 »

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

She Lived  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sequel is called The Exorcism Of Molly Hartley (2015) See more »


As Molly and her father are eating dinner, Molly's shirt continuously switches from being off her shoulder to covering her shoulder. See more »


Leah: So what about you? You got uh, low self-esteem or uh mild depression? Or maybe a weird psychosexual disorder?
Molly Hartley: ...My mom tried to kill me... She stabbed me in the bathroom, one day after school.
Leah: [scoffing] Right... You're screwing with me!
Molly Hartley: [revealing the scar] She's locked away in the psycho-ward outside of town.
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References The Tenant (1976) See more »


Performed by The Bird and the Bee
Written by Inara George and Greg Kurstin
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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Just go read a book or plant a tree. Anything but this.
31 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I actually registered on this site to post this comment. I feel it is my duty to save you precious moments of life that are better spent elsewhere.

This film used the normal scare tactics, i.e. suspenseful building music, quick appearance on camera of people or things, reflections in mirrors, etc., but nothing new or original. The little whispers in the background try to make you nervous, but it leads to a dead end.

Speaking of endings, just when you think the movie has built to where it will explain exactly what is going on, it ends. One minute it seems all hell is about to break loose, and then there is a very weak resolution and the movie is over. The best way to describe it is to take a movie that is 2 hours long, and cut out the last half hour except for the final few minutes. I actually had to go home and verify that the theater didn't skip a reel or two. Unfortunately for us, they didn't.

Words can not express how terribly this movie ends. I am amazed that this ever made it into a theater. Don't waste your time and money on the theater, or even a rental. Hell, don't even waste your time watching it for free on TV. I've had bowel movements much more interesting and fulfilling than this movie. Maybe the director had a vision in his head, I just wish he would have let everyone else in on it.

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