Hello Geeks and Ghouls, Famous Monster here. Well, it’s finally October and you know what that means? Breast Cancer Awareness 5Ks? Good guess. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Delicious, but no. Halloween? YES. Horror movies? DOUBLE YES!
Welcome to 31 Days of Horror, where I’ll cover two noteworthy horror films a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 62 Films perfect for watching on a cold, dark October night. Be sure to visit Geeks of Doom every day this month for a double-shot of chills and thrills!
Today’s films include Eduardo Sánchez‘s Lovely Molly and Scott Derrickson’s upcoming horror flick Sinister.
Directed by Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project), Lovely Molly follows newlyweds Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) as they move into Molly’s childhood home after the passing of her father. Due to Tim’s job as a truck driver, Molly, a recovering heroin addict, is frequently left by herself for long stretches of time. As her stay at the house lengthens, Molly is tormented by painful childhood memories that may or may not be driven by supernatural forces.
That Really Creepy Scene:
Perhaps the most shocking, unsettling moment in Lovely Molly comes when Lodge’s character is alone in a hallway at work. There is a shadow on the wall, a silhouette of her supernatural tormenter, beckoning her to come closer. Captured on security camera footage at her job, Molly is slammed into the wall face-first by this unseen force and raped, the invisible presence thrusting into Molly’s body as she cries out.
Lovely Molly is an unsettling, intimate look at a woman’s disintegration at the hands of unrelenting evil. It’s a slow burn – a quiet, raw film that feels more like Polanski’sRepulsion or Friedkin’sThe Exorcist than recent entries like The Devil Inside or The Possession.
It’s the unseen that is so effective – as is the case with every great horror film. There are more questions than answers, and the viewer is left wondering if the disturbances Molly is experiencing are a result of her troubled past and renewed drug use or if there truly is a demonic evil possessing her.
A battle rages inside Molly for control of her newfound sobriety, her life and her very soul. Gretchen Lodge is simply phenomenal in this film – her intensity as an ex-addict succumbing to inner demons (and malicious spirits alike) makes for a complex, terrifying character.
Make It A Double:
Hungry for more? Consider checking out Scott Derrickson’s upcoming horror film, Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. Derrickson directed the highly underrated The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005 and and the altogether forgettable (and unnecessary) 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Found footage helps a true-crime novelist discover how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity. Written by Derrickson and Ain’t It Cool News’ C. Robert Cargill, Sinister hits theaters October 12.
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