What's the Matter with Helen?
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What's the Matter with Helen?
Though it bears more than passing resemblance to his macabre hits Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, this lesser-known outing from screenwriter Henry Farrell takes a more satirical turn, skewering the eccentricities of the Hollywood studio system. The story opens during the advent of talking pictures, where a school for would-be child stars is opened by voice coach Helen Hill (Shelley Winters) and dance instructor Adelle Bruckner (Debbie Reynolds). Haunted by a dark secret -- each of the women's sons was convicted of murder -- Hill and Bruckner are pursued… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The same thing that's wrong with Helen, is what's wrong with this pic%u2014it's too loony to be taken either seriously or humorously."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bizarre cultish thriller from the underrated Curtis Harrington."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The layers of pastiche that fuel What's the Matter with Helen? multiply like Shelly Winters's titular character's fat white rabbits."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"An unseemly vibe of failed comedic horror, or - depending on your point of view - successfully bad high camp, with an inordinate number of incongruous dance numbers."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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