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The Haunting of Molly Hartley - horror DVD review
THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 2 1/2 stars
Actors: Haley Bennett, Jake Weber, Chace Crawford, Shannon Marie Woodward, Shanna Collins
Director: Mickey Liddell   Distributor: 20th Century Fox
DVD release: 24 January 2009   Runtime: 85 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD features: Aspect ratio 1.85:1, Audio tracks (5.1 Dolby Surround - English), Subtitles (English, Spanish), Cast and crew interviews (actors Haley Bennett, Shanna Collins, Annalynne McCord; director Mickey Liddell), Theatrical trailer

Molly Hartley (Haley Bennett) is like most 17-year-olds, except that she's just moved to a new school, has had to leave old friends, gets picked on by the popular kids, and her mother tried to kill her (the high school years are tough and awkward for most people).

The good news is that she's making friends. Alexis (Shanna Collins), the token Christian nut, is friendly and even gives her a Bible. Leah (Shannon Marie Woodward), the tough kid who wears torn fishnets to jazz up her school uniform, is pretty friendly, too. Joseph Young (Chace Crawford) seems to have taken a shine to Molly as well, and he's, like, soooo popular. Naturally, this alienates her from Suzie (AnnaLynne McCord), the uber-popular girl with the flawless genes whom Joseph used to date. It's all pretty much the standard high school story, save the strange nosebleeds and whispering voices that Molly keeps hearing.

Molly's mother (Marin Winkle) has been put away since she tried to off her, but she resides in the nuthouse just outside of town. Her father, Robert (Jake Weber), has moved them to a new house and school for a fresh start. Robert is pretty overprotective, but not so much that he wouldn't allow her out of the house for a late-night study session (party) at Joseph's house.

Standard frights and spooky elements carry this story along, but there's hardly a thing you don't see coming. This might have been helped if the prologue had been cut, but as-is we see most of the story playing out just as we'd expect. The performances are fine all around, but the story needs some element of originality to set it apart from others of its ilk. Not bad for a few frights, but not quite good enough to recommend it.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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