The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Release Date: October 31, 2008

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What would you do if your mother tried to stab you to death? Here is the woman who brought you into this world trying to live out the Bill Cosby dream of attempting to take you out of it. If she failed, how would you cope with this ultimate act of betrayal? If you cannot trust your mother, who can you trust? And why would she do such a thing?

Such is the premise of The Haunting of Molly Hartley, a teen horror flick whose premise will sound quite familiar to viewers of The CW. It seems that Molly's mom has a legitimate excuse to justify her actions. Sure, everyone else thinks she is crazy, but they are wrong. She is perfectly sane. She simply knows something that few others will accept. Molly Hartley is predestined to be one of Satan's minions unless someone can save her from her fate. The creators of Reaper are going to sue somebody!

Anyway, Mama Hartley believes the way to do this is to kill her before the Devil stakes his claim on her soul. So, she grabs a knife and does her best slasher film impression on young Molly. Alas, the girl's will to survive is strong; she manages to escape with her life. Unbeknownst to her, this may be bad not just for her but for everyone she knows. If her mother is right, high school student Molly will have a key role in bringing darkness unto the world, which will probably cost her a chance at being Prom Queen, too. And the worst part is that Molly is starting to experience exactly the same madness that she believes has overwhelmed her mother. How will she overcome this disease and stop Satan from claiming her soul?

Haley Bennett, who stole scenes as a Britney Spears-styled diva in Music & Lyrics, has been cast in the title role. Given her sizzling debut performance, this 20-year-old actress is someone to watch in coming years. Hunky young Chace Crawford, whom you know as Nate Archibald on Gossip Girls, portrays her love interest in the film. Way to go, Molly Hartley! You're the envy of every 13-year-old in Manhattan! BOP/Aaron Sorkin fave Nina Siemaszko is also onboard as the therapist trying to help Bennett cope with her possible madness. This appears to be the cheesiest part she has taken since Red Shoe Diaries. Given the presence of Crawford, however, The Haunting of Molly Hartley should have a solid box office performance. He's like five Backstreet Boys rolled into one. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Haunting of Molly Hartley
Main Cast Haley Bennett, Chace Crawford, AnnaLynne McCord
Supporting Cast Josh Stewart, Marin Hinkle, Jake Weber, Nina Siemaszko, Shannon Marie Woodward, John Newton
Director Mickey Liddell
Screenwriter John Travis, Rebecca Sonnenshine
Distributor Freestyle Releasing
Screen Count 2,652
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