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The Haunting of Helena -- After a divorce, Sophia moves to the south of Italy with her daughter, Helena. Their new home, an austere building of the fascist age, hides a mysterious closet and a buried secret. After the loss of Helena's first baby tooth, a chilling obsession begins. She collects her classmates' fallen teeth with an urgent hunger and begins to see strange apparitions.
The Haunting of Helena -- A single mother moves into a new house with her daughter. Soon after the young girl has her first baby tooth fall off, she begins to recount that she is having nocturnal visits by a tooth fairy. It seems the house has a sinister history.
The Haunting of Helena -- Clip: Insect Attack


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A single mother moves into a new house with her daughter. Soon after the young girl has her first baby tooth fall off, she begins to recount that she is having nocturnal visits by a tooth fairy. It seems the house has a sinister history. | Full synopsis »
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Excellent story! Perhaps the most underrated Horror film of this decade! See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

Harriet MacMasters-Green ... Sophia

Sabrina Jolie Perez ... Helena

Jarreth J. Merz ... Robert

Matt Patresi ... Patrick

Paolo Paoloni ... Ferri

Giuliano Montaldo ... Dr. Fabiano
Susanna Cornacchia ... The Fairy
Marco Fattibene ... Battista Greco
Lucrezia Tosi ... Ghost Child
Massimiliano Carnevale ... Asylum Patient
Angela Presepi ... Miss Cavendish
Marco Basile ... Marco
Melania Maccaferri ... Nurse Manuela
Alice Filippi ... Nurse Alice
Alessia Cannavale ... Baby Sitter

Directed by
Christian Bisceglia 
Ascanio Malgarini 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christian Bisceglia 

Produced by
Manuela Cacciamani .... producer
Inti Carboni .... creative producer
Francesca Cingolani .... line producer
Original Music by
Michele Josia 
Cinematography by
Antonello Emidi 
Film Editing by
Alessandro Palazzi 
Casting by
Stevens Millefiorini Danny  (as Danny Stevens Millefior)
Yozo Tokuda 
Production Design by
Christina Onori 
Art Direction by
Nata More 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Montaldo 
Makeup Department
Giorgia Bono .... make up and hair: Rome
Federico Carretti .... makeup designer
Giovanna Di Pasquale .... make up and hair: Rome
Arianna Palmucci .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabio Schifilliti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Elisabetta Castellaneta .... art department trainee
Davide De Joannon .... on-set props (as Davide De Ioannon)
Nata More .... assistant production designer
Stefano Nagni .... property master
Alessandro Valdrighi .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Fabrizio Bacherini .... sound editor
Alessandro Boscolo .... sound mixer (as Sandro Boscolo)
Alessandro Boscolo .... sound recordist (as Sandro Boscolo)
Davide D'Onofrio .... boom operator: Rome
Diego Gualino .... boom operator
Bruno Ventura .... foley artist
Bruno Ventura .... sound designer
Bruno Ventura .... sound editor
Bruno Ventura .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Federico Carretti .... special effects makeup
Leonardo Cruciano .... special effects makeup: Rome
Visual Effects by
Francesco Boni .... visual effects coordinator
Manuela Cacciamani .... visual effects executive
Eder Carfagnini .... modeler: 3D
Claudio Clemente .... compositing
Gennaro Coppola .... visual effects executive
Marco De Angelis .... lighting: and rendering
Giampaolo Fragale .... lead animator
Filippo Golin .... compositing
Giuseppe Lombardi .... digital compositor
Ascanio Malgarini .... visual effects supervisor
Riccardo Marchesini .... technical director: dynamics
Francesco Mongiovi .... visual effects editor
Naomi Napoli .... visual effects coordinator
Carlo Orlandi .... compositor
Pietro Orlandi .... compositor
Miriam Pavese .... compositing
Emanuele Perez .... visual effects editor
Francesco Russotto .... lighting and rendering: technical director
Gianluca Salerno .... compositing
Nicola Sganga .... visual effects supervisor
Roberto Terrinoni .... main titles design
Elisa Tiziani .... compositing
Raffaella Transerici .... visual effects producer
Sorin Voicu .... compositing
Francesco Zecchinelli .... lighting: and rendering
Eliano Zomparelli .... modeler: 3D
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Davide Avenia .... gaffer
Patrizio Cardelli .... best boy electric
Matteo Ceccarelli .... steadicam operator
Giancarlo Checchi .... gaffer: Rome
Andrea di Giacomo .... best boy electric
Fabio Ferrantini .... technician: red
Fabio Giolitti .... first assistant camera
Danilo Grazzan .... first assistant camera
Giuseppe Lombardi .... backstage photographer
Guido Mestre .... best boy grip
Emanuele Salvatore .... key grip: Rome
Alessandro Serranò .... digital imaging technician
Fabrizio Tomaino .... best boy grip
Massimo Virzì .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sartoria Farani .... period costumes: provided by
Pamela Fontinovo .... costume supervisor: Rome
Margherita Meddi .... costume supervisor
Emilia Russo .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Ludovico Bettarello .... color grading
Francesco Mongiovì .... assistant editor
Location Management
Oriana Ciaccio .... location manager
Transportation Department
Alberico Amore .... camera truck driver
Other crew
Eleonora Baldwin .... script supervisor: Rome
Stefano Banin .... production assistant
Chiara Bertoni .... payroll clerk
Simone Della Bruna .... production accountant: Rome
Maurizio Carraro .... production assistant
Gennaro Coppola .... business and legal affairs
Alessio De Negri .... production assistant
Daniele Del Brocco .... production secretary: Rome
Alice Filippi .... script supervisor
Marco Gardin .... production accountant
Eva Maio .... production secretary
Gianna Martignago .... production assistant
Enzo Micarelli .... production assistant
Roberta Mosca .... payroll clerk
Giorgia Msellati .... set production assistant
Naomi Napoli .... production secretary
Rino Piccolo .... film commissioner
Astra Redler .... international delivery
Alessandra Savatteri .... assistant production accountant
Luca Biagini .... thanks
Andrea Bonini .... special thanks
Rita Giovanna Butticci .... thanks
Riccardo Chiappa .... thanks
Lucrezia Coppola .... thanks
Sofia Coppola .... thanks
Ilenia Corini .... special thanks
Onorevole Armando Cusani .... special thanks
Giovanni Di Giorgi .... thanks
Marco Emidi .... special thanks
Tiziano Emidi .... special thanks
Andrea Fantoma .... special thanks
Marta Iacoponi .... special thanks
Pierpaolo Lorenzo .... special thanks
Valerio Malgarini .... thanks
Emma Perrelli .... special thanks
Roberta Petrini .... special thanks
Alessandro Picchi .... special thanks
Rino Piccolo .... special thanks
Massimo Proietti .... thanks
Francesco Romeres .... special thanks
Sergio Ruffino .... thanks
Nicola Saraceno .... thanks
Giuseppe Simeone .... special thanks
Carmen Visconti .... thanks

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Revealing mistakes: In the beginning of the movie Helena already has very well developed adult incisors. Later, her mother acts like it's the first baby tooth that's coming out.See more »


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Excellent story! Perhaps the most underrated Horror film of this decade!, 9 March 2015
Author: Nitzan Havoc from Israel

As the film played and the first 15 minutes unfolded, I was pretty confused and didn't know what to think. The nice opening cinematography, showing the film title turning into the space under a cupboard was pretty slick and Hollywood-like, but the lighting and music weren't... So I thought "here comes another mediocre film, average and below..." Boy, was I wrong.

On one hand, many scenes and shots make you face-palm in frustration, thinking "wow... really?!". For instance, a scene where during a car crash a ghostly figure is visible at the back seat for a split second, or one where the closet creaks and opens in the middle of the night... Sounds familiar? That's because we've seen the exact scenes in at least ten other films. In addition, the music, while not half bad, simply doesn't fit the scenes... It's hard for me to explain as I'm not a musician or a film-maker, but sometimes the music was intense and suspense-like while the scene was anything but.

Which brings me to my final negative criticism - Sabrina Jolie Perez as little Helena. In the passed decade, us Horror fans have had the pleasure of seeing amazing and professional child actors and actresses playing their roles perfectly (see Case 39 and Mama for example). Perez simply doesn't match that level, and her mediocrity in comparison to others is really blunt and obvious. I realize this was her first role and she was young and all, but having witnessed some amazing acting from younger actresses, I couldn't help but feeling her acting destroyed my suspense of disbelief and the overall experience of the film. Sorry... I hope to see her getting more chances to improve this impression.

And so, we get to the good parts of the film, and I'd like to start by saying they don't cancel out the aforementioned criticism, but they sure do make it irrelevant. The story was absolutely incredible, almost perfect! Taking the well known Tooth Fairy urban legend and turning it into a dark tale of murder and haunting was done just the way it should have been! Christian Bisceglia has earned my utmost respect for this profound writing. The way the story is presented and how it unfolds is less impressive, and I felt it didn't do the original ideas justice, but the amazing twist, the shocking ending and the heartbreaking final scene left me in awe.

While the rest of the film isn't worth more than a 5 in my opinion, the story deserves an honest 10, so I rate The Haunting of Helena 8, and say once again what I've said countless times: NEVER trust the raters and reviewers of IMDb. At the time I wrote this review the film was rated 4.7, which is no less than an outrage and travesty of justice. This is what made me rate it 8 instead of 7. A Haunting Ghost Story using barely any frightening ghost shots and jump-scares, with an excellent amazingly written story, gets rated like another poorly made torture porn? Not on my watch. Give this one a chance, you'll be pleasantly and horrifically surprised.

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