H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer

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Overview

True crime buffs who thought they knew it all will be proven chillingly wrong with this unforgettable account of murder and madness from filmmaker John Borowski. H.H. Holmes was a master manipulator whose handsome exterior and disarming charm masked a psychotic soul bent on torture and dismemberment. The clean-cut killer's deceptively inviting outward appearance made it easy for him to lure women back to his mammoth castle in Chicago's burgeoning Englewood neighborhood -- a trip from which many would never ...
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Overview

True crime buffs who thought they knew it all will be proven chillingly wrong with this unforgettable account of murder and madness from filmmaker John Borowski. H.H. Holmes was a master manipulator whose handsome exterior and disarming charm masked a psychotic soul bent on torture and dismemberment. The clean-cut killer's deceptively inviting outward appearance made it easy for him to lure women back to his mammoth castle in Chicago's burgeoning Englewood neighborhood -- a trip from which many would never return. In addition to his career as a serial killer, Holmes was also a skilled con artist. When the owner of Chicago-based drug store at which he was employed mysteriously disappeared in 1887, Holmes took over the shop and purchased a large lot directly across the street for the supposed purpose of building a hotel that would house guests attending the massive 1893 Chicago World's Fair. A complex maze of blind hallways, treacherous chutes, and air-tight rooms in which Holmes would gas his intended victims, the foreboding structure also housed a sub-level torture chamber complete with stretching rack, quicklime pits, and an incinerator that was perfect for disposing of human bodies. Though the structure, commonly known by locals as Holmes' "Murder Castle," was eventually burned to the ground, to this day no one truly knows the number of victims who suffered within the confines of its dark walls.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2014
  • UPC: 829567071724
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Virgil Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,682

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Jay Voice Only
Technical Credits
John Borowski Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Douglas Romayne Stevens Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [2:37]
2. Gilmanton [2:39]
3. University [3:11]
4. Chicago [3:30]
5. The Castle [6:17]
6. Pitezel [2:51]
7. World's Fair [3:20]
8. Women [2:21]
9. Scam [4:59]
10. Philadelphia [5:42]
11. Running [2:51]
12. Moyamensing [1:58]
13. Children [1:08]
14. Evidence [2:37]
15. Archfiend [1:35]
16. Writing [1:58]
17. Trial [1:51]
18. Carrie [1:20]
19. Crying [1:36]
20. Verdict [1:40]
21. Confession [3:57]
22. Gallows [2:07]
23. Holy Cross [1:03]
24. End Credits [1:09]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set-Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Dolby Digital 2.0
      Commentary by Director John Borowski: On
      Commentary by Director John Borowski: Off
   Scenes
   Special
      Making of H.H. Holmes
      Outtakes
      Trailers
      Poster Designs
      The Story Continues...
      Bios
      Merchandise
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Film!!

    This is the best documentary about a Serial Killer that I have ever seen! The director blends live action, special effects, interviews, and an excellent audio track in a way that makes other 'mainstream' film makers look like amateurs. A must have at any price!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film!!!!

    The HH Holmes Documentary is very well produced and very interesting. Not a lot is written about Dr. Holmes, I know him through the Macabre song. He was a twisted dude, for sure...but very professional in his appearance, the kind of guy that you would never think of doing the horrific, unspeakable things that he done. The overall atmosphere of the film sets the mood for the time of the story...I really like the way John Borowski done this film. I was kind of expecting something sort of low-budget, however it's very well produced. I am very much looking forward to the Albert Fish film that he is working on and would highly recommend this film to anyone who has an interest in serial killers or the criminal mind.

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    Posted November 18, 2011

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