The Exorcism of Molly Hartley
|The Exorcism of Molly Hartley|
|Directed by||Steven R. Monroe|
|Written by||Matt Venne|
|Music by||Corey Allen Jackson|
|Edited by||Kristina Hamilton-Grobler|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox Home Entertainment|
The Exorcism of Molly Hartley is a 2015 American supernatural horror film written by Matt Venne and directed by Steven R. Monroe. The film is a sequel to the 2008 film The Haunting of Molly Hartley. It was released on Digital HD on October 9, 2015, and on Blu-ray on October 20, 2015.
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After causing a botched exorcism that resulted in the death of a fellow priest and a pregnant woman, Father John Barrow (Devon Sawa) is committed to a Catholic mental asylum. Chaplain Henry Davies (Peter MacNeill) informs him that the Vatican has revoked his status as a priest. Meanwhile, Molly Hartley (Sarah Lind), the morning after celebrating both her twenty-fourth birthday and becoming the youngest partner in her firm, is arrested after police inspecting her home after a noise complaint finds the corpses of the two friends she engaged in a threesome with the night before. While interrogating Molly, she hears strange noises before she begins to have a deeper voice and refers to herself as "we". She is sent to the same mental asylum for psychiatric evaluation under Dr. Laurie Hawthorn (Gina Holden), but her condition worsens after an insect-like creature enters her body.
Hawthorn looks through Molly's past records and diagnoses Molly's symptoms as her subconscious fulfilling a claim she told her high school guidance counselor that she was claimed by the devil on her eighteenth birthday (which explains the sudden change from an average student to becoming academically successful) and describes it as an incubation or pregnancy for six years, six months, and six days. However, after supernatural occurrences happen around Molly, who is forcibly bound to her bed in solitary, Dr. Hawthorn begins to believe in demonic possession. With limited options, she asks Barrow to perform the exorcism in exchange for signing his release forms. Though he initially refuses, after the suicide of an asylum employee, supernatural occurrences, and seeing Molly for himself, he visits Davies, who encourages him to help Molly, handing him his clerical attire and the items he needs to perform the exorcism. On the last day of incubation, before going to Molly's room, Barrow sees several people clad in black standing outside. Barrow manages to perform the exorcism, trapping several insects that come out of Molly's mouth in a special box, which he keeps in a container filled with holy water. Molly recuperates in a shared room, thanking Barrow for saving her. Dr. Hawthorn signs his release papers, but as Father Barrow walks out the asylum, patients and orderlies stare at him.
Barrow returns the container to Davies, who places it in his basement for safekeeping. Barrow notices Davies' book on Satanism and how the letters on the cover match the letters on Molly's forehead during the exorcism. Davies explains this is "Leviathan", the fourth book of the Satanic Bible that explains the Antichrist will be born after the worst sin committed, Matricide, is committed on the "mother of the devil" or the person whose body was used to incubate the devil. Barrow demands to see the box, but upon opening the container, he finds that the box has been replaced with a large stone. Davies hits Barrow, knocking him out. Meanwhile, Molly wakes up and discovers the other patients in her room have possessed-like eyes. She is dragged by an orderly and is taken to an underground room.
Barrow wakes up in a locked room in the asylum where he witnesses a patient commit suicide in the room next to him filled with other dead patients. An orderly comes brandishing a gun and orders him to come with him. Dr. Hawthorn is in her office when another orderly orders her to follow him, though unknown to him she takes a pair of scissors with her. He takes her to a room filled with dead employees, but before he can kill her, she fatally stabs him with her scissors. She witnesses Father Barrow being led by the orderly and runs away. Barrow and the orderly arrive at the underground room, where Davies and the people in black Barrow saw earlier take part in a ritual to sacrifice Molly to bring forth the Antichrist and Barrow, the father of the devil since he was the one who extracted the devil through an unholy ritual. Before he can kill Molly, Dr. Hawthorn stabs Davies through the abdomen, dropping the box and releasing the insects, providing a distraction as Molly stabs Davies. Barrow, Dr. Hawthorn, and Molly escape while several of the participants are killed by the insects, but the orderly and several of the participants chase after them with weapons. They fall and the orderly nearly shoots them, but the police arrive and shoot the orderly and arrest those present. The police enter the underground room, where a few surviving insects escape through a tunnel.
The police, having suspected Davies for a while, have been watching him. They find the list of people in his cult in his home, and Barrow assures Molly she is safe as she is driven away in an ambulance. Meanwhile, one of the insects flies into a moving school bus, where it approaches an outcast girl at the back of the bus. It inches toward her ear as the screen goes black.
- Sarah Lind as Molly Hartley
- Devon Sawa as Father John Barrow
- Gina Holden as Dr. Laurie Hawthorn
- Peter MacNeill as Chaplain Henry Davies
Trace Thurman of Bloody Disgusting gave the film a negative review, noting that "No one (and we mean no one) was asking for a sequel to the 2008 PG-13 horror film The Haunting of Molly Hartley." Adam Lee Price of Fangoria was more mixed in his review, stating that "the film did have its moments" while remarking that it was "an in-title-only sequel" to The Haunting of Molly Hartley.
- MrDisgusting (August 6, 2015). "The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, which arrives on Digital HD October 9". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
- Trace Thurman (October 20, 2015). "We Watched 'The Exorcism of Molly Hartley' So You Don't Have To!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
- Adam Lee Price (November 3, 2015). ""The Exorcism of Molly Hartley" (Blu-ray Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 2016-07-23.