Wait Till Helen Comes (2016) Movie Review



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2016 | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Family
87 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Wait Till Helen Comes Review


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.

Wait Till Helen Comes (2016) is a 1h 27 min TV-14 family fantasy thriller-horror movie that is also known as Little Girl’s Secret (2016) and was shot in Winnipeg, Canada. Wait Till Helen Comes was adapted from Mary Downing Hahn‘s book. Director Dominic James (Die (2010), Angle mort (2011)) does not have much experience in the movie industry but manages to pull off a decent movie with an average rating. The film contains a ghost, child drowning, suspense, haunting, fire, a house burned down, troubled child, grave, missing child and slow pacing. The plot/screenplay was somewhat confusing.

Wait Till Helen Comes revolves around Molly (Sophie Nelisse - The Book Thief (2013), Monsieur Lazhar (2011), The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015), Pawn Sacrifice (2014)) who is a young girl. Molly’s family moved to the country after her mother married Dave (Callum Keith Rennie - Born to Be Blue (2015), Californication (2008-2013), The Man in the High Castle (2016), Memento (2000)) who has a daughter, Heather. Jean is an artist while Dave is a writer and the house that they moved into in 1982 was once a church with a cemetery in the back and ruins nearby.

Heather (Isabelle Nelisse - Mama (2013), Mommy (2014), Whitewash (2013), The Tale (2017)) ventured out to their church house graveyard and met a ghost named Helen who she becomes friends with. She became friends with Helen because Heather feels as though she does not belong with her new blended family. Helen (Abigail Pniowsky - Arrival (2016), He’s Out There (2017), Channel Zero (2016-2017), The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)) is not the type of ghost friend a person would want. Helen is only kind to Heather so that she can take Heather’s soul after she drowns Heather.

Molly tries her best to warn/tell her mother Jean (Maria Bello - Prisoners (2013), A History of Violence (2005), Secret Window (2004), Payback (1999)) and brother about Helen and Heather but they think that Molly is nuts. Heather made a deal with Helen that if Helen ruins Molly and her little brother life then, Helen can come and live with her. What happens next is for you to see if you wish to sit through an average movie

With all said, the movie overall was a depressing movie and somewhat confusing. It was creepy at times, but I found myself asking why in the world was the lights not turned on during many occasions. I admire how Molly’s dream was well executed and how detailed they were with the birds. The movie was overall too dark, and I do not mean thematically - it was just too hard to see what was going on in the film on many different occasions. The pacing was off and not something I like, but the suspense was average and likable.

About Wait Till Helen Comes 2016

Title: Wait Till Helen Comes
Original Title: Little Girl's Secret
Year: 2016
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Family
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Maria Bello, Callum Keith Rennie, John B. Lowe, Robin Ruel, Mary Downing Hahn, Jerni Stewart, Isabelle Nélisse, Emily Ann Parker, Kally Berard, Logan Creran, Abigail Pniowsky, William Dickinson, Darren Felbel, Anna Pniowsky, Frank Adamson, Tom Young, Cassandra Tusa, Sophie Nélisse
Writers: Mary Downing Hahn, Victoria Sanchez Mandryk
Director: Dominic James