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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Haxan Films - 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holde, Jane Fleming
Directed by: Eduardo Sanchez
Written by: Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 28th, 2012

"Descent into Depravity"

Film Synopsis:

Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father's house in the countryside, where painful memories soon begin to haunt her..

My Take:

Lovely Molly is a bit of a mystery to me. I cant really pin-point if I liked it or hated it. Written and Directed by Eduardo Sanchez , who has all but disappeared since his breakthrough film, 1999s The Blair Witch Project, it has many of the same beats, but never becomes frightening or even scary.

Like Blair, this is a long, slow build that develops the characters as we sit nervously (or bored) trying to see what nasty things are in store. Thankfully I was drawn to actress Gretchen Lodge as the titular character Molly, or I would have been yawing by the halfway point. When the proverbial S*&^ hits the fan we are treated to some truly cringe worthy moments, and the last act is a bit of a redemption. Too bad the films resolve was one of those "what" moments, leaving me wondering what it meant, what was real, et., and That would have been great if I even cared. This is for real genre fans only.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong violence, language, Nudity and sexual content

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 84

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 80

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Lovely Molly comes to Blu-ray Disc from Image Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 17.2 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps. Lovely Molly is a decent High Def release with audio that trumps the video. Problems lurk in backgrounds, especially during lighter scenes as banding is evident on many occasions, and combining with less than stellar shadow details ruined it for me. At least fine details and colors were very good, making this not a terrible viewing. The DTS-HD audio sure was better and actually quite dynamic with a great usage or surround channels highlighting what pseudo spooky moments are trying to be cooked up on-screen. LFE never hit the bottom that I was looking for and that was missing, however, dialogue was always well prioritized and discernible.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature Commentary Featuring Director Michael Roskam

  • (HD) 4 Featurettes: Paths To Madness, Haunted Past, Demonic Forces & Is It Real?

  • (HD) Theatrical Trailer

Final Thoughts:

Lovely Molly failed at its core. It tried but couldn't scare me. I'm alone, in my theater, its 2 am...I should get spooked. I did enjoy the films characters and am excited to see more of (all puns intended) newcomer Gretchen Lodge. Molly does have decent A/V but sure is not something to show your system off with. Extras-wise it includes a bunch of mockumentary's similar to the ones with Blair. They came off as silly and pompous since the film itself was not very good.


Lee Weber
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