H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004)
Oooo! the Ghost of the haaat maaan!
Genre: Crime Documentary
Starring: Tony Jay (narrator), Thomas Cronin
Directed By: John Borowski
Overview: This doc presents the tale of the con-man, doctor and architect of "The Castle", a house of traps where he captured his victims and disposed of them.
This was atrocious. The FBI profiler went on and on about stuff that seemed pure conjecture, and he was a dweeb on top of it all, big stupid showman. The narrator though oft 'Olde Victorian' in his dialogue, was usually a big hammy with his words. Finally, the Holmes expert, though the best of all, was nothing impressive in the least. Ugh.
The images were done in that typical documentary style: old photos slowly moving, sometimes overlays, newspaper headlines. You know, it was bland. Uh, such low budget! Very apparent.
This was such a good story, but somehow, the moron experts did too much showboating to make what they said enjoyable. Just because the subject matter itself was good do I give it a passing grade, which is just too bad, cause what a story.
"The best story told the worst way," I said half way through. Everyone agreed. Why not just let a story tell itself, rather than going all stupid cheese? Either way, this twisted guy designed and built a place full of traps and greased hatches, gas pipes and air-tight safes, all with the sole intention of killing and disposing, but get this: this doctor sold the skeletons at 200 bucks a pop. Only serial killer I know who got rich off his killings... Cool twisted tale, if only a touch sadistic.
The hyper-common style of old photos with narration, though boring was to be expected, but sometimes the music would get all sinister, and we would zoom in on a map with the haunting beat: BOM BOM...BOM! We laughed way too often to realize this was anything but stupidly presented. Well at least we laughed.
There's nothing more enterprising than a guy who boils you in acid to sell your skeleton to medical schools.
Overall Rating: 54% (The Telling Will Kill Any Interest You May Have)
This guy was sick. It's a great story, he's worse (and more successful) than Jack The Ripper. How he's not more famous I don't know. Either way, no don't see this, but if you want to know about this guy, look him up, it's really neat, in that twisted demented way.