I posted the trailer to Lovely Molly when it was originally released to a limited number of theaters. I’ve been awaiting its arrival on Netflix (as these sorts of movies usually do end up on Netflix) with baited breath. And after watching the film, I would say I was not disappointed. I’m also glad I watched this during the daytime.
Lovely Molly is about a girl, named Molly, who is seemingly happy and healthy, save for a previous drug addiction. But we find out that Molly’s life has never really been that rosy at all, especially when she was a child. Once her husband and she move into the house where she grew up, strange things start happening that remind her of traumatic childhood that would have best remained forgotten.
At first, the film plays like a typical haunted house story. It’s a slow build-up before things really start going awry, But when things start hitting the fan, they start hitting the fan and bleeding all over the walls, ceiling and floor. About an hour into the movie, and I had my hand over my mouth uttering “OMG” every few seconds. Because at that point, Lovely Molly does not hold back. It goes there. Again and again.
This is also one of those films where we never really see the villain. In fact, we’re not entirely sure there’s a villain at all. Although we’re led to believe that the house has a ghost of some sort, we’re also led to believe that this all very well could be in Molly’s head right up to the end where we are told differently. This movie plays with your emotions in that aspect and I love it! It’s not one of those where you don’t know what’s going on (although I still don’t get the weird horse reference), but it has so many WTF moments that it’s engrossing, entertaining and makes you want to turn your head away from what’s happening on screen (but you won’t).
As Molly, Gretchen Lodge proves she can be both adorable and then later sinister, taking Molly from sweet newlywed to serial killer in the 1 hour 40 minute ride this movie takes you on. And as a sidenote, I really liked her hair.
I also liked Alexandra Holden as Hannah, Molly’s sister, who eventually just gives up on the psychopath that she believes her sister has become. She, too, has to deal with issues from their childhood.
Johnny Lewis is Tim, Molly’s husband. And I hated him right from the beginning. I mean… who leaves their wife alone when she is obviously struggling to hang on to her sanity? Sure, maybe you need that money and trucking gives you that, but at some point, BE A MAN. Of course, we find out why he’s leaving home so much, as does Molly. And his fate is the one thing in this movie that just feels wickedly good.
Although the movie does begin with slow pacing, once it picks up, it’s an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. It’s unpredictable and gritty and I highly recommend it. And it’s now on Netflix, just in time for Halloween!