someguy wrote:I liked your Hotel review &
But about Lovely Molly, the thing with me is (these are spoilers) it got too absurd towards the end. I know it's evident that Molly had fucked up family issues but when she's talking to the air thinking it's her dead father, turns into a whimpering baby when 'he' comes by, bites a chunk out of her boyfriend's face and buries a deer carcass in the basement/rips it back out and fondles it I can't seriously believe that no one would even try to get her some sort of help. Once Molly's sister not only didn't do anything after her sister threatened to cut someone open like a fish but left her alone for over a day (same with Molly's husband) I was done with the movie. It felt like Sanchez had the big bloody climax in mind since the beginning and just had to connect the dots to that point even if all logic and plausibility were thrown out because of it.
Yeah, I definitely understand your issues, but they didn't affect me in the same way. I guess, on the one hand, I don't really care if my horror films make perfect sense and all the characters react logically/rationally-- in some ways that might spoil the horror. I prefer them to feel consistent in the type of nightmare images they're trying to produce, which are sometimes more symbolic than rational. And yeah, often that can be at the expense of things like plausibility-- the deer scene is incredible, but it doesn't have a the same effect if no one is there to observe it. I suppose he could have made some bizarre plot contortions to make it work on the level you want (she's institutionalized-- and then escapes!) but to me that sounds way hokier. If I had to take issue with the plausibility of most horror films then I wouldn't have many horror films to enjoy.
Secondly, the stuff you mention there didn't seem like a huge stretch to me. Her husband misses most of the truly crazy stuff, and he is prepared to call for help after the lip chewing scene but gets talked down by the sister. The sister is obviously more complicated, but I got the feeling that she was pretty fucked up by the abuse as well-- perhaps to the extent that her guilt/latent psychosis prevented her from acting? I dunno... I think the coda sort of affirms part of that. Like Molly, she is susceptible.