The Gist: Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father’s house in the countryside, where painful memories soon begin to haunt her.
The Cast: Gretchen Lodge (Molly), Johnny Lewis (Tim), Alexandra Holden (Hannah), Field Blauvelt (Pastor Bobby)
My Take: I didn’t really care for this flick the first time I saw it but after a second viewing I found it much more enjoyable; not really the right word given the bleakness of the movie but you know what I mean. Let me just start by saying that Gretchen Lodge is spectacular in the role of Molly. She transforms from a beautiful, healthy woman to a bat shit crazy, druggie psychopath in appearance and personality. And what causes the dramatic transform? Good question.
Spoilers, dead ahead
The movie starts out with Molly and Tim’s wedding followed by their move into her Father’s home after his death. Tim is a truck driver and away from home for extended periods time, leaving Molly alone in her large childhood home with the demons of the past. Molly begins to experience strange events after one night, while alone, she hears a child crying and stands memorized in front of the closet she used to hide in, to get away from her Father. She hears banging on walls and doors and her dead Father singing Lovely Molly. As the movie progresses, we learn that Molly had a drug addiction but was clean until the house fucks with her head and she is back to the needle. As she cracks and her behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, her husband, sister and pastor are unable to help or pull her back from insanity. But is she insane? Is it really all happening because of the drugs? Or is there something supernatural happening? After Molly kills Pastor Bobby, kills the little girl of the woman her husband is cheating with and kills Tim, she walks out of the house buck naked into the arms of some sort of elk/man beast. The last scene of the movie shows Hannah in the empty house and becoming transfixed, reaching forward toward the closet that had the same effect on Molly at the beginning of the movie. Weird.
Final Thoughts: As I said I didn’t like this the first time. Maybe it was because of the strangeness but maybe also because it is unnerving watching this woman who has clearly struggled with abuse and addiction deteriorate and regress before our eyes. Solid acting by the entire cast, a little bit strange and a lot gritty. Good stuff.