The Haunting of Helena (2012)

Directed by Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Malgarini.  Written by Christian Bisceglia.  Starring Harriet MacMasters-Green, Sabrina Jolie Perez, Jarreth J. Merz, Matt Patresi, Paolo Paoloni, Giuliano Montaldo and Susanna Cornacchia.

Plot: recently divorced, Sophia, moves to Southern Italy with her daughter, Helena, and their new life turns into a nightmare when Helena loses her first tooth.


In the very beginning of the movie you see a trail of blood leading into an ornate standing wardrobe.  Cut to Sophia and Helena moving into that same apartment some time later.  They see the wardrobe and fall in love with it and move it into Helena’s room.  Then, Helena loses her first baby tooth.

Helena receives an old coin that she says came from the “tooth fairy” who lives in her wardrobe.  Sophia ignores this for the most part while also ignoring a warning from their neighbor, Ferri (Paolini), to get out of the apartment before it’s too late and he can no longer help them.

DJ didn’t really like anyone in the movie because they were all so mean or stupid, but I felt for Sophia and really thought she was just trying to do her best for Helena.  And while the movie is pretty enjoyable and horrible sometimes in the best way, neither of us loved the acting of Perez.  They could have gotten a better little girl to star in the whole thing.


Also, there’s a major twist in this movie that me and DJ found very interesting and did not see coming at all.  Took us by complete surprise.  And that’s all I can say about that.  I don’t want to ruin it for you in case you decide to give it a shot.

My score: 65.  DJ’s score: 54.

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