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After a divorce, Sophia moves to the south of Italy with her daughter, Helena. The new house, located inside an austere building of the fascist age, hides a mysterious closet and dark secret. After the loss of Helena's first baby tooth, a nightmare begins that could only come from darkness. This is the tale of a mysterious woman: an angel or a witch, a little girl, charmed by the arrival of the 'Fairy of the teeth', and her mother.
 
Powerless before the transformation of an innocent children's tale into a nightmare coming from afar, HAUNTING OF HELENA does not descend into a splatter film, but rather slides along the sharp blade of psychological fiction.

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  • Actors: Harriet MacMasters-Green, Sabrina Jolie Perez
  • Directors: Christian Bisceglia, Ascanio Malgarini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Salient Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DBPBOZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trail Boss on July 2, 2013
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There's nothing fancy about this movie. Just good old fashioned story telling. The Director had a unique way of filming that was very effective. I love horror movies where the creature doesn't fool around and there's nothing anyone can do about it. I thought I had the story figured out early but I was wrong and I'm not easily fooled. It had the atmosphere of a excellent stage play and its a story you'll not soon forget.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Renee Blue on February 15, 2014
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Well, the horror visual effects were very well done, so I'm sorry the acting and the pacing dragged it down. If the movie was a montage of that and cut out the "acting", I'd like it much better. Ugh! The mother needs acting lessons. She overacted and came off like a histrionic sometimes and yet wooden at others. How does that happen? The kid was one note all the way. The pacing was poor- the story moved like it had lead boots on. Few horror movies have conveyed such a lack of urgency. Ultimately, it bored me. The Tooth Fairy here has no teeth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on September 12, 2013
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Sophia (Harriet MacMasters-Green) separates from her husband (?) and lives with her daughter Helena (Sabrina Jolie Perez) in Italy, in a town with a strange history. They find an old wardrobe in the basement and move it into Helena's room. Sure enough the wardrobe is occupied by the tooth fairy who is obsessed about teeth as is now Helena. I am just glad my parents kept all my baby teeth for me in a jar.

Once mom figures things out, moving the wardrobe back into the basement doesn't seem to be an option as the piece is functional and makes the room. So she moves a piano in front of it. The haunting escalates. Mom attempts to unravel the history.

The film was done fairly well. I enjoyed the twist at the last ten minutes which should have come about half way through the film. I didn't find the film overly scary even if it displays some originality.

Makes for a good rental. I can't see owning it. Might be one for the eight year old kids on a sleep over.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity unless your John Ashcroft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 12, 2014
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The Haunting of Helena (Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Maglarini, 2012)

There are some truly arresting scenes in The Haunting of Helena, the kind of risky stylistic choices that, done correctly, can go a long way towards making or breaking a movie. For example, the scene where Helena (Sabrina Jolie Perez in her only screen role to date) is sitting at one of those brightly-colored little-kid desks. There's nothing much else in the room, which is odd and does not ring true and contributes about a mountain's worth of atmosphere. Then something falls and clatters off the desk, and this begins a rain of bloody teeth as Helena scrambles under the desk. It's a pretty amazing visual, and little scenes like that, were they correctly integrated with the rest of the movie, would have made this an overlooked little gem. As it is, however, they make it an interesting, if ultimately failed, experiment that still manages to be worth watching for little things like that that crop up once in a while.

Plot: Helena and her mother, Sofia (Smile's Harriet MacMasters-Green), move into a lovely old home. Dad (The Passion of the Christ's Jarreth J. Merz) is out of the picture, so the two of them are on their own. Everything goes swimmingly until Helena loses her first tooth. (Soon after, Sofia has a rather terrifying vision that you would think would make her put more stock in what her daughter is saying, but no luck.) She starts talking about a tooth fairy who comes to visit her demanding teeth, to the point where she starts buying teeth from kids at school...and paying them in rare coins that seem to have been mysteriously conjured out of nowhere.
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This movie was good, but the key word here is creepy. Good old-fashioned creepy storytelling done well with an excellent creepy atmosphere.

Written and produced by rookie filmmakers, the long-short of it all is this: In this twisted take on the "tooth fairy" fairy tale, an Italian Malaria ghost wants her teeth back and she'll kill as many innocent people as it takes until one of them happens to randomly figure out why she's killing, what she wants and where to find it.

The story begins when young Helena notices her first loose tooth and inquires about the tooth fairy. Her mother Sophia, like any loving parent, humors her with an all too familiar story. But for the "horror" in this story to take root something must go wrong for Helena and her single mother.

This evil enters their lives after they get a cursed wardrobe with claw marks on the inside. Maybe it's just me and I'm just paranoid or superstitious, but upon seeing claw marks on the inside of a lockable "anything" I'd think twice about it. Like an imprisoning lamp to its genie, this wardrobe had--until now--kept an evil restless spirit at bay.

Following familiar formula, the young child in our story begins to act strangely. Helena buys teeth from her elementary school classmates in the schoolyard with curiously old coins which she couldn't possibly have stumbled across on her own. She also begins producing disturbing drawings.

From there some very creepy things happen, Helena begins talking to an "imaginary" friend, and there are some good scares along the way. Many scenes were VERY chilling.

There's a twist at the end. It was unnecessary; the movie was fine without it. But I had fun with it anyway and it added another dimension to the solid storytelling.
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