Halloween weekend needs to have at least one scary movie opening in wide release, and this year we have The Haunting of Molly Hartley. The concept is basically The Reaper, minus the humor and originality. I mean, how many times have we seen the devil possess (or attempt to possess) someone's soul in a scary movie? Countless. But it's a lot more interesting to have that concept occur in a comedy. Though, judging by the ratings for Reaper, most people don't seem to agree with me.
Anyway, The Haunting of Molly Hartley stars a poor man's, younger version of Firefly's Jewel Staite as the titular Molly. She almost gets killed by her mother, then gets sent away to live on her own somewhere (at college, I think), where she meets Gossip Girl's hot Chace Crawford (maybe filming this is the reason Nate's been featured less prominently in this season's Gossip Girl), and a bunch of Mean Girls. They're mean because her mom was crazy and tried to kill her, which is obviously a reason college students would hate and make fun of each other. Anyway, apparently, Molly's crazy and she's still picturing her mother attacking her randomly on the street. They are presenting this as some sort of depression/darkness in Molly. She's inherited her mother's evil. And then Chace turns out to be bad, as does everyone else. It doesn't make sense, but it's a Halloween scary movie, so if it's creepy (and when is a mother trying to kill her own child not creepy?), maybe that's good enough for this weekend.