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

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This chilling documentary follows the macabre exploits of 19th-century serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett, who went by the alias of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes. A remarkably effective con artist and liar, Holmes managed to construct a massive building in Chicago where he operated a labyrinthine hotel for his intended victims. The film features footage of key locations in the life of Holmes, as well as interviews with experts and dramatic reenactments.

Cast & Crew

Beka
Carrie Pitezel
Tony Jay
Narrator
Ed Bertagnoli
Chicago Police Officer
Cary Callison
Chicago Detective
Willy Laszlo
H.H. Holmes
Audrey Welling
Castle Victim
Douglas Romayne Stevens
Original Music
John Borowski
Cinematographer
Terry Schilling
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  • Dec 03, 2013
    This is a very good documentary about America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. With recreations and interviews with psychologists who have analyzed how Holmes operated. This is an engaging documentary, one that is very disturbing considering the nature of it subject. Holmes was inventive in his methods of killing people, operating a death factory hidden away in a hotel that he owned. This is a well done documentary that is very interesting because Holmes was such a unique and disturbed individual. The documentary is worth seeing if you're interested in the subject. The film is pretty short, but there is enough documentation to make it standout. This is not a film that warrants multiple viewings due to its macabre nature, but nonetheless, it may be a worthy film to see if you're interested true crime stories. This is as real as it gets, and it's a chilling account of a meticulous killer who was able to murder countless people within the walls of his "castle", and not raise suspicion for a short time, until he finally got caught and executed. This documentary plays out more as a TV episode than a film, but it does stand out as an important film in the true crime genre. H.H. Holmes was the first serial killer in American history, and possibly one of the inventive in carrying out his crimes. Overall it's a good film to watch and very engaging with interviews and archival footage throughout. Although it's well constructed, H.H. Holmes should have been a bit longer to really make a standout documentary film. As it is, it's engaging, but it's not a movie that is worth seeing again and should be viewed for research purposes or if you're interested the subject.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2013
    "The castle. The murders. The monster." H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer is a short, but interesting enough documentary on H.H. Holmes. The movie comes in at about an hour long and has that tv documentary feel all over it, with an annoying narrator who sounds eerie and ominous the whole time. Putting technical annoyances aside though, the film does a good job giving the audience enough entertaining information on Holmes in an hour, and the subject material doesn't disappoint as it is extremely interesting. H.H. Holmes is credited as being the first serial killer in America. If this is actually accurate or not, we can never know, but he's the first one anyone ever heard of, so he gets that credit. The film does a good job diving into the sociopathic tendencies, which Holmes and all serial killers exude. The most interesting part of the story of Holmes is his house though, and the film also does a good job at presenting all the torture chambers and other features of the house. All in all, this is a decent little documentary on H.H. Holmes. I didn't really know too much about him going in, so it was all interesting and new information for me. If you know a lot about him, then this would probably end up being a bore for you more than anything. For those who know little to nothing about the subject though, it is an interesting enough movie to make it worth a look.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2011
    Very intriguing and disturbing look at the life of H.H. Holmes. I was dumbfounded and shocked that I had never heard of this man until I viewed the film.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2010
    An basic, old fashioned documentary about a mad brilliant serial murderer who called himself Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (H.H. Holmes) but his real name was Herman Webster Mudgett. It says the he was the first documented serial killer in America he killed 27 people in his own man made torture palace in Chicago but rumors say the body count could be up to 200! This true story was so chilling and shocking it made my jaw jop the whole viewing and it's terrifying to think about what he did and almost got away with it just like Jack The Ripper which that case happened around the same time, he just made one small mistake of telling a fellow inmate of his dark plans and forgetting to pay him to hush him up. This guy is probably one of the most scariest serial killers I have learned about in awhile and it gives me chills up my spine that he says that the devil was always with him when he did these horrible things and it's even more scary that from the outside he looked normal and handsome and could of had everything wealth included but he turned to killing it's just baffeling and horrifying. I can't wait to read the book The Devil In The White which is based on this case and is reportedly being made into a movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio as H.H. Holmes and I'm anticipated for the film already. Overall if you want to see a chilling look at America's first serial killers that's basic and to the point here you go but I have a feeling someone can make a better one on this case. Recommended! More of a 3.5 stars out of 5.
    Matt S Super Reviewer

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