Molly Hartley (Sarah Lind; Wolfcop) is all grown up, but the unholy demon inside her lives on in this all-new, UNRATED sequel that takes terror to the next level! Six years after graduating high school and discovering that a secret pact assigned her soul to the devil Molly is suspected of murder and confined to a mental hospital, where she wreaks supernatural havoc on the staff and patients. Her only hope is an exorcism by a defrocked priest (Devon Sawa; Final Destination) looking to redeem himself and save Molly's life before her hideous "transformation" is complete...but Satan has other plans!
In THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY, things are looking up for Molly Hartley, the young woman, who found herself haunted, and possessed during her High School years. She's moved on and has made waves as she has moved up to partner at her new job. The youngest to ever earn the position. To celebrate, she and her friends have hit the club, celebrating both her promotion, as well as her 24th Birthday. While at the club, she breaks off from her friends, ending the night with a guy and his girlfriend. They take it back to Molly's place for a wild night of sex. It's wild indeed, as the next morning sees the cops at the door, when a disturbing the peace claim comes in. Molly has difficulty remembering details from the night, however, two dead bodies found in her bathtub is indication that something indeed happened. The Police are quick to take Molly in as it leads to her being transfered to a Catholic run mental institution. It is there that whatever caused the deaths the previous night, follows her, and soon it is revealed that the demon that had possessed her some 6 years prior, is seemingly back to finish what it started, as it attempts to use Molly as a vessel to return to Earth, The staff of the institution have no idea what they are up against, as they find the force that is taking over Molly is far too powerful. Eventually they call upon Father John Barrow, a young priest that has recently been excommunicated from the Catholic priesthood, and church. Barrow, years prior was involved in a failed exorcism, one resulting in the death of a fellow priest, and a young woman. The event has disturbed him since. So much so, he too has found himself at the mental institution, with his religious powers stripped. It is eventually up to Father Barrow to overcome his fears, and jump back into his former role, as he seems to be Molly's last true hope. However, nothing could have prepared him for this unholy battle.
THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY is a film that is a sequel to the 2008 film, THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY. A film that, honestly, I barely remember. It's a film that I reviewed sometime prior to its DVD release. Prior to that, it had a limited theatrical run, I believe, that it boasted several names, who at the time, were a little well known to the teenage demographic. Beyond remembering that it was filled with all sorts of jump scares and had the type of Horror that would be a hit at slumber parties and the like, I barely remember it. Needless to say, I wasn't that impressed with it. Now, a few years later, the "Molly Hartley" character is back, to pick up where the story left off, this time with a new Director in Steven R. Monroe(I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake and its subsequent sequel), and a new actress in Sarah Lind, portraying Molly. It's a sequel that wasn't needed, or dare I say, wanted. However, it's here. So, how does in fare in my opinion, you ask? Well, maybe you didn't ask, but i'll tell you anyhow.
Actually, I think that THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY is a bit of an improvement. THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY felt like a strange film, real low key, almost as if the studio knew it wasn't so great, yet they pushed it upon the audience anyway. Here, it's a little different, as the film is more structured - and more rounded. What I liked here is that it isn't this time all about Molly, and that actually the story of John Barrows plays a big part of the story. He is a shamed priest with a troubled past, while on the other side, Molly is also troubled. And while it is for very different reasons, the two of them are sort of tragic, so for this demon to bring them together, as these characters' worlds collide, to me makes a lot of sense. And while this story arc makes the film different from its predecessor, there are still certain plot elements that are familiar. And so this film doesn't end up being a complete departure from the original. As it is the same, because here, not everyone is who they seem to be. And in speaking of differing, don't take my liking certain things about this film, as me saying that it is different when it comes to all other films dealing with the subject of exorcisms. It isn't. In fact, all of the trademarks are here. There's dead birds lying about, to symbolize that something evil is on it's way, people who commit suicide, and yes Molly throws up a green substance. She even levitates over a bed. Chances are, if you've seen it before, you will find it in THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY, as when it comes to these aspects, it's not original at all. But when put together here, somehow THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY, makes for a somewhat decent film. Even if just by B-Movie standards.
As for the acting, Sarah Lind is ok as the film's titular character(I actually prefer Haley Bennett, who was Molly Hartley in the other film), but as far as acting goes, young veteran, Devon Sawa is truly the film's real standout performer. Personally, I felt that his character, John Barrow's story was much more interesting than the film's main focus.
So, to sum things up, as I said, I wasn't a big fan of the original film. However, THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY shifts things in a different direction that is more enjoyable. While it isn't a great film, it has its moments, making it silly fun.
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
To be honest, THE EXORCISM OF MOLLY HARTLEY is not a film that I was really looking forward to. I figured that it would just be a retread of what we say in the first film, except this time, via the trappings of an exorcism film. And while it does bare all of the markings of a typical exorcism film, for some reason I kind of liked it. At least it was better than THE LAST EXORCISM 2.
Special Features include :
- Exorcism: Beyond One Truth Sit down with professionals and religious experts to gather facts about demonic possession and debate whether it is a form of psychosis or if there is something more sinister involved
- Clovesdale Institute: Classified Security Camera Footage Follow Dr. Laurie Hawthorne as she checks in with each of her patients through security camera footage giving fans full view of the origins of Molly's exorcism
* Hartley Admission Hospital
* Surveillance of Fr. Barrow
* Dr. Hawthorne Visits M. Hartley
* Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 1
* Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 2
* Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 3
- Director Diaries Follow Director Steven R. Monroe as he shoots some of the film's most intense scenes
* Makeup Fx
* The Exorcism
* The Black Church
* The Facility