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Películas para No Dormir: La Habitación del Niño (Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby's Room) Reviews

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August 19, 2015
Original plot, interesting story, low budget, ideal lenght, a bit predictable, the acting wasn't too impressive, good job on developing the idea.
Super Reviewer
May 14, 2014
The Baby's Room is Álex de la Iglesia's entry in the Spanish horror TV series "Films to keep you awake". I saw Iglesia's cult hit 'Day of the Beast' fairly recently and was thoroughly impressed by it. Obviously The Baby's Room is not of similar quality, but it's a more than interesting little story and better than the majority of the "Masters of Horror" episodes. If you were to pigeon hole this film, it would go into the 'haunted house' genre, and although there's haunted house themes; Iglesia makes more of it than just that. The plot focuses on a young couple with a baby that have just moved into a new home. After buying a baby monitor, the couple come to believe that somebody may be in the house with them; but the truth is something far more sinister. As a mystery film, this one works well. I can't say that the plot is completely original; though the film didn't turn out to be what I was expecting which is always a bonus. The central couple are both excellent, with Javier Gutiérrez particularly standing out. There are some good moments of suspense and the director does manage to keep us interested for the duration. It boils down to a decent twisted ending and I certainly recommend this film to anyone who can get their hands on it. 4 stars 4-11-14
April 11, 2014
Yeah, this movie scared me and freaked me out at times. That's no mean feat.
½ February 24, 2014
Creepy as fuck first half. While the scares stop, the engaging story that is a neat take on the haunted house genre - does not.
½ December 16, 2013
omg this is so bad, so boring, SO stupid...
April 10, 2013
La Habatación del Niño (The Baby's Room) (Álex de la Iglesia, 2006)

I have, so far, only gotten to see two of the movies in the Spanish six-film anthology Films to Keep You Awake-Balaguero's To Let (viz. review 27Mar2012) and de la Iglesia's The Baby's Room. Given those two directors, it shouldn't be any surprise which one I enjoyed more; Balaguero is a mediocre director on his best day, de la Iglesia has yet to set a cinematic foot wrong as far as I can tell. The Baby's Room, despite being a made-for-TV (and thus tame, though not nearly as much so as it would have been were it an American made-for-TV production), is an effective, scary little beast of a movie that refuses to pull any punches whatsoever. It's probably not one you want to watch if pregnant, or if you've just had a kid...

Plot: Juan (El Crimen Perfecto's Javier Gutiérrez) and his wife Sonia (Hable con Ella's Leonor Watling) have just had a child, and therefore they need a bigger place to live. Juan finds the perfect house, big and brash and very new money, recently renovated, blah blah blah you know the drill. They move in and, the house being as big as it is, invest in a top-of-the-line baby monitoring system so they can keep tabs on the child from anywhere in the house. Juan wakes up in the middle of the night, checks the baby monitor, and sees someone sitting next to the cradle. Into the room he goes, and... no one. You know how this story goes-no one else sees the mysterious figure, everyone else starts to think Juan is nuts, but he is determined to prove the house is haunted.

Creepy, creepy, creepy. de la Iglesia pulls out all the stops for this one, including a crazy homeless person spouting odd prophecies who may have a connection to the house, all kinds of lighting and sound tricks to subtly lead the viewer in the right direction, and the very real possibility that, yes, the stress of all the major life changes he and his family have recently made has driven Juan to a nervous breakdown and he just refuses to realize it. Don't worry, however; de la Iglesia will not leave this one on an ambiguous note, and that last sequence? Oh, man.

The weak points are few, but they do exist. Some of the actors, especially in minor roles, are...questionable casting choices. The movie does play with that means-versus-mansion motivation that never fails to annoy the bejesus out of me (how do these two people making what these two people make afford this house? AND, in this case, while juggling a new baby, which is a very expensive proposition these days?). And, of course, de la Iglesia was severely constrained by the time limit he was working with (the movie clocks in at a threadbare seventy-seven minutes, and I'm wondering how many seconds de la Iglesia had to beg and plead the producers to cut out of the advertising budget to get that length; Balaguero's entry came in at sixty-eight minutes). None of these things are deal-breakers, but they make me wonder what otherwise could have been. A good, solid offering that probably could have been a great one. ***
February 24, 2013
This might be one of the bests films of Alex de la Iglesia and one to keep on mind when thinking of spanish horror films.
For some reason, the film has eventually been forgotten and it actually never got much attention from the audience, however, it is a very recommendable movie. You may be scared.
November 1, 2012
As fine a horror/thriller/mystery film as can be made. It's creeeeepeeeeee. I've seen it elsewhere, but I bought it from Amazon. Paid for it when I could see it elsewhere. THAT good.
August 7, 2012
I thought it was a pretty decent horror/thriller flick the pacing was ok the acting was adequate and it was overall a creepy movie. If your bored and need something to watch Id recommend this film
March 24, 2012
6 movie to keep you awake, well its just one of them, Spanish horror that will keep you awake till end, it's kind even little scary, well done
February 26, 2012
Cliched? Slightly. But overall good thrills, genuine creepy moments and excellent suspense. Worthwhile way to spend a little over an hour.
February 17, 2012
English subtitles, very interesting on Netflix as "The Baby's Room" more suspense than horror but cleverly done.
February 4, 2012
From the Spanish collection "6 Films to Keep You Awake" (think the Spanish version of "After Dark Horrorfest's 8 Films to Die For" series of movies), "The Baby's Room" focuses more on genuine, spine-chilling creep factor than big budget effects. This movie proves to be an enjoyable and tense look at a family man's quest to keep his loved ones safe from a sinister force threatening them. The movie keeps you guessing whether the nightmare he faces is all in his head, otherworldly haunts, or something else entirely. While the movie is completely in Spanish, the subtitles take little, if anything, anyway from the sheer terror the protagonist grapples with. A heavy, yet anxious atmosphere keeps this one interesting all the way through the final moments. For those of you who were fans of "Insidious," I highly recommend checking out this one.
February 1, 2012
I liked the theory I learned in this movie (Schrodinger's Paradox), and some of the residual/manifesting haunting. That's it, though.
Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2012
Not too shabby. More of a Tales from the Darkside episode, than a horror flick. Pretty well done, though.
January 29, 2012
Even though it was supposedly made for TV, this was a different kind of film. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The dialogue between the husband and wife was much more believable than any American movie I have seen. The movie depicted what sane people "actually" would do in scary situations. The storyline was different. For a TV movie, it was better than some of our Hollywood horror lately.
January 18, 2012
The leads were convincing enough and the entire piece has a spooky tone, but unfortunately was unable to get under my skin
January 16, 2012
Original and had some great creepy scenes. Story could use some work though.
½ December 16, 2011

A lesser outing from Alex de la Iglesia, but still a decent film, creepy too.
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