Lovely Molly is yet another uninspired, crappy quality ripoff spawned by the success of The Blair Witch Project (1999). The kicker though is that Lovely Molly is actually written and directed by Eduardo Sánchez, the co-writer and co-director of The Blair Witch Project. Shouldn’t he have grown as a filmmaker or learned something about the craft in some way in the 13 years since his big break? Unfortunately it appears he has not.
Tim (Johnny Lewis) and Molly (Gretchen Lodge) are newlyweds moving into Molly’s vacant family home. Soon after they get there weird things begin to happen. Then Tim goes on the road for work and Molly completely loses her mind in the house. She’s also a recovering drug addict and goes right back to the needle making her just sound like a crazy junkie to the people close to her. And for some reason she always has a video camera nearby to film whatever it is she thinks she’s seeing (the audience doesn’t get to see much either which makes her always filming a useless aspect of the film).
I can get past the terrible quality of the film but the senseless story and the lack of anything scary or remotely freaky is what makes Lovely Molly a complete failure for me. The more I think about it the more I despise it and it makes me angry as I had huge expectations from Sánchez and the film.
If I had to pick one thing worth praising about the film it would be Gretchen Lodge’s portrayal of Molly. She shows promise and it’s too bad her talent was wasted here. As for the rest of the cast, they were absolutely horrendous, which is not much of a surprise given the the film they’re in.
With so many better films coming along in this genre since The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly is a disgrace that should just be forgotten. Hopefully Sánchez will do something actually worth watching next time.
Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis
Directed by: Eduardo Sánchez
Top image: A scene from Lovely Molly. Courtesy Mongrel Media.