Exorcism Of Molly Hartley, The

Featured In Issue 203, January 2016

WSR Score3.5
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The Exorcism Of Molly Hartley takes place with Molly Hartley (Lind) all grown up. But the unholy demon inside her lives on in this sequel that takes terror to the next level. Six years after graduating high school—and discovering that a secret pact assigned her soul to the devil—Molly is suspected of murder and confined to a mental hospital, where she wreaks supernatural havoc on the staff and patients. Her only hope is an exorcism by a defrocked priest (Sawa) looking to redeem himself and save Molly’s life before her hideous “transformation” is complete…but Satan has other plans! (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Exorcism: Beyond One Truth (HD 18:24), Clovesdale Institute: Classified Security Camera Footage (HD 04:04), and Director’s Diaries (HD 04:41); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture largely takes place in a mental institution whose interior walls and ceilings are painted in a pale pukey green with lighting highlights that cast a yellow tone. Exterior scenes are naturally hued with nicely saturated green grass and trees, contrasted against a red brick building facade. The priest’s blue vestiments laid over black clothing is quite visually dramatic. Otherwise, fleshtones retain a fairly natural appearance, of course, with the exception of the progressively possessed Molly. Resolution is a bit soft, but during close-ups in brighter segments, finer detail is revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and objects. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks, as well as decent shadow delineation. Overall, the picture is nicely presented with naturally rendered segments and objects against the pale green interior walls, with effective colorful touches. A well-done, horror-viewing experience with some very engaging visual effects. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers a dynamic and intense holosonic® experience, with energized sound effects accompanied by forceful .1 LFE sub-25 Hz bass. Atmospherics sound realistic, as do sound effects, which at times can be intense, with aggressive surround envelopment. The orchestral music score is nicely recorded with a wide soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Dialogue is well articulated with good spatial integration. This is a terrific soundtrack, with at times, startling sound effects that enliven the proceedings. (Gary Reber)