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The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) The line between teen angst and demonic possession gets even blurrier in The Haunting of Molly Hartley , a lightweight horror pic about a troubled… 2008-10-31 PG-13 PT86M Drama Mystery and Thriller Haley Bennett Chace Crawford Freestyle Releasing
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The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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The Haunting of Molly Hartley | UNIFORMLY DULL The Haunting of Molly Hartley 's prep-school frights barely earn a passing grade
UNIFORMLY DULL The Haunting of Molly Hartley's prep-school frights barely earn a passing grade
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Oct 31, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 86 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Haley Bennett; Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

The line between teen angst and demonic possession gets even blurrier in The Haunting of Molly Hartley, a lightweight horror pic about a troubled 17-year-old (Haley Bennett) who tries to escape her spooky past by enrolling at a posh prep school. Soon enough, homework gets neglected as she's plagued by headaches and creepy visions — not to mention lame pick-up lines from the resident pretty boy (Chace Crawford, looking like he got lost on his way to the Gossip Girl set). The story's a snooze, so the filmmakers punch it up with smash cuts and thunderclaps that turn the most laughably banal items — birds, mail, an alarm clock — into cheap jack-in-the-box shocks. They'll make you flinch — but then again, so will most of the dialogue. C–

Originally posted Oct 31, 2008 Published in issue #1020 Nov 14, 2008 Order article reprints