Director : Steven R Monroe
Writer: Matt Venne
Starring: Sarah Lind, Devon Sawa, Gina Holden, Peter MacNeill. USA. 2h 2m
Don’t get any hopes up for this movie it’s not out to break new grounds but it will entertain if you have a Exorcism Movie Cliche checklist and maybe sink a shot for every cliché ticked off the list, you’ll be very pleased by the end of the night. I’m being uber ciritical, it does actually have one unique “device” which adds an element of ancient ritual but it doesn’t save the film. For some reason after the first flop The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008), some asshole decided to take the story one step beyond in the direction of boredom.
After an epic night out and a kinky threesome Molly Hartley (Sarah Lind) awakes with much more than a hangover, instead she seems to have acquired some kind of demonic possession and a corpse in the bedroom. While being arrested she displays some odd behaviour she end up in a mental hospital and is soon under the protection of a rookie priest who is reluctant to perform an exorcism on her due to a previous fuck up where the possessed in his care ended up dead.
Tokens to an array of movies can be found here, we get buckets of vomit a la The Exorcist (1973), demonic Latin beatboxing and whatever else you need to tack one of these movies together. It’s hard to believe that the Exorcist has been out for nearly 45 years and there have been very little progression has been made, we need some new ideas…
Getting of to a sloppy start and Molly’s character is nothing all that special… Before the plucky priest can swoop in to save the day, we’re left to suffer some of the most predictable and weakest cinema moments ever. Although the vomit scene is more comical than disgusting. The young and defrocked priest is as reluctant as Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) from The Rite (2011) but with his attentive nature and the help of two more experienced priests who step in as a kind of exorcism superhero duo a deeper mystery is slowly unpicked as they all try to help Molly who has her own problems, especially with keeping her food down.
It tries so very hard to be a credible movie. It has a handful of creative shots but it’s just the same old exorcism tripe repeated over and over again.
R – The Possession of Michael King (2014), The Rite (2011), The Exorcist (1973)
L – Selected Exorcism Movies, Hero Priests
A – Please give us something new in an exorcism/possession film.
Vs – Molly Hartley Vs Regan MacNeil