The Haunting of Helena
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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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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.Read more ›
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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I had much higher hopes for this movie, the concept was great but the execution left something to be desired.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
this a really good scary movie and I found it on amazon in instant video.Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
The story line was very intriguing. You have absolutely no idea what's going on. The twist is good. This is a, "are they just crazy?", movie. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Corey Straits
Scared The heck out of me!!!!I had to cut it off!!!!!But wait!I am going to watch it again but this time with a group of friends with the lights on.Published 22 months ago by Kimberly Valentino