Remember The Haunting Of Molly Hartley? No? Neither did we. Yet someone not only remembered it, but decided it would be a good idea to make a sequel. Because… you know, hardly any possession movies have been made in the past ten years. Well, except for The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Last Exorcism, The Rite, The Possession of Michael King, The Devil Inside, Deliver Us From Evil and the TV series Outcast.
Anyway, it got made so we might as well review it.
Just to refresh your memory… in the first movie, Molly’s mom tried to kill her before she turned eighteen. That’s because Molly was stillborn and her mom made a deal with the devil to bring her back to life. The downside was that she was supposed to hand over Molly’s soul to the devil on her 18th birthday. I know. Sounds awesome, right? Except that it wasn’t.
And here we go again… six years later Molly (Sarah Lind) just made partner at a financial firm and goes out with her friends to celebrate the occasion. She then hooks up with a couple in the club (one of the scariest things you’ll see in this movie is how badly these people are dancing to the music) and then takes them home for a threesome. Of course, the couple ends up dead in the bathtub. The police then shows up the next morning for a noise complaint filed the night before and find the bodies. Before you know it, Molly is shipped off to a mental institution. Trial schmial.
Luckily for Molly, another patient at the institution is a priest. And I don’t mean like how DiCaprio thought he was a detective in Shutter Island. Father Barrow (Devon Sawa) is an actual priest who got sent there after an exorcism gone wrong led to the death of another priest and a young woman. He copped a plea and off to the loony bin he went instead of having to serve time in an actual prison.
If you think all of the above sounds far-fetched, wait! It gets even better! Molly’s therapist immediately seems to know she’s dealing with a possession and asks father Barrow to help perform an exorcism. From there on, you get all of the usual possession movie tropes: Molly vomits a lot of nasty looking stuff, writhes around a lot and speaks with a particularly cartoonish (and badly dubbed) demon voice. Oh, and she shoots bugs out of her mouth. Which would make a neat party trick.
After what seems like forever, Molly is deemed demon-free and Barrow gets to go home. Never mind that he was sentenced to serve time at the institution. All’s well that ends well. Except that at this point I noticed I still had half an hour to go. So I just pressed stop and threw this movie in the trash can. I actually think being possessed is more fun than watching this crap.