Sophia (Harriet MacMasters-Green) and her daughter Helena (Sabrina Jolie Perez) move into a new place that seems rather comfy, initially. But a vintage cabinet holds a presence that’s hungry, for flesh and teeth. This entity, if you will, wastes no time in climbing inside of Helena’s head, encouraging the youngster to help her find her teeth, which were yanked from her mouth in an act of ominous torture by her husband decades ago. Apparently she needs these teeth (which have been hidden) to be freed from her confines – the cabinet in which she was ultimately locked in and left to die. Helena obliges, against her will, only to discover that this ghostly old bitch doesn’t want to be freed from anything, she just wants to kill, her incisors the primary weapon of choice.
The film has promise. But you can’t fit a traveling carny lineup in a VW bug. It just doesn’t work, and all it really does is confuse the viewer. Within a half hour I’d lost all interest in the film. An hour in and I just wanted the damned thing to end. By the time it does end, I wanted the Tooth Fairy/psycho ghost to come for me, just so I could be rid of all things The Haunting of Helena, forever! I mean, come on – look at this review: It’s about as inspired as this perplexing amalgamation of random ideas that some clown decided would make for a frightening movie.
The Haunting of Helena isn’t frightening. It isn’t enjoyable. It isn’t gratifying in any way. This is just another project that never should have been made. Having said that, I’ll veer away from the 1 point rating based on the strength of Harriet MacMasters-Green and Jarreth J. Merz’s (Robert, Sophia’s estranged love interest) sound performances. They’re competent thespians who unfortunately got involved in a very muddled production.