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Wait Till Helen Comes (2016)

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When a reconstructed family moves to a converted church in the country, 14-year-old Molly, must save her new troubled step-sister from a dangerous relationship with the desperate ghost of a young girl.


Dominic James


Mary Downing Hahn (novel), Victoria Sanchez Mandryk (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Maria Bello ... Jean
Sophie Nélisse ... Molly
Callum Keith Rennie ... Dave
Anna Pniowsky ... Missing Girl #1
Isabelle Nélisse ... Heather
Abigail Pniowsky ... Helen
William Dickinson ... Michael (as Liam Dickinson)
Logan Creran ... Hyperactive boy
John B. Lowe ... Sheriff
Kally Berard ... Teenage girl #1
Frank Adamson ... Mr. Simmonds
Jerni Stewart ... Teenage Girl #2
Robin Ruel ... Nurse #1
Tom Young ... The Banker
Mary Downing Hahn Mary Downing Hahn ... Librarian


When a reconstructed family moves to a converted church in the country, 14-year-old Molly soon realizes that she has a gift and must use it; she has to face her deepest fears, and save her troubled step-sister from a dangerous relationship with the ghost of a lonely little girl. Written by Victoria Sanchez Mandryk

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Release Date:

12 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Girl's Secret See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Canada


Box Office


CAD 9,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The actresses for Helen and Missing Girl #1 (Anna and Abby Pniowsky) are real-life sisters. See more »

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Helen Cometh
24 November 2016 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Somewhere in the country, a long-haired girl walks into a body of water. We do not see her face and assume she's the story's main character. That would be moody teenager Sophie Nelisse (as Molly). True, she could also be a 100-year-old ghost with the world's first hair curling iron. Apparently, the ghostly girl appears to get you interested in this story, and she serves as an attention grabber. The story shifts to 1982 Baltimore, Maryland, where our main family is moving. The children are the ones to watch. They are the alluring Ms. Nelisse, her little brother Liam Dickinson (as Michael) and their spooky little step-sister Isabelle Nelisse (as Heather). The family moves into a creepy-looking old church located next to a graveyard...

When you see the family's darkly Gothic new home, you know weird stuff is going to happen. And, from the introduction of spooky little Isabelle Nelisse (the girls are real-life sisters), you know who is ripe for possession. The little girl immediately walks and acts like a ghost. In case you think she might be normal, we see her wander out in the woods and pick up a butterfly with her bare hand...

Butterflies are normally shy around people...

They don't like to be petted...

This story is based on the novel "Wait Till Helen Comes" by Mary Downing Hahn, which was undoubtedly better. The author appears on screen, as a librarian. Her basic tale parallels most ghost stories, and it is nicely plotted. The relationships formed by a "step-family" add interest, but the film adaptation certainly doesn't make the most of them. Young Dickinson is most convincing as the initially skeptical little brother and it's nice to hear Nat King Cole's "Ramblin' Rose" is still getting airplay after all these years. Director Dominic James and his crew make the most of an atmospheric setting, which is nicely photographed by Rene Ohashi. It and the story take no time to grow and develop, however. Ghost stories should be much less direct.

**** Little Girl's Secret (11/12/2016) Dominic James ~ Sophie Nelisse, Liam Dickinson, Isabelle Nelisse, Maria Bello

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