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H6: DIARY OF A SERIAL KILLER

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 95 minutes, interviews, theatrical trailer, previews

STUDIO: Tartan Video

RELEASE DATE: 11-21-2006

H6 is a film I would love to see a sequel to. Antonio Frau is the best fictional serial killer since Hannibal Lecter. H6 shows 4 of Antonio's victims, but a sequel could focus on his other victims and what he does after the end of H6. Fernando Acaso plays Antonio, convicted for the murder of hsi girlfriend and recently freed. He takes it as a sign from God when his aunt dies and leaves him the Paradise Guest House. He moves in and gets married to a nurse who works the night shift. He remodels room 6 to be his private torture and murder chamber. Antonio rapes and kills women like he is saving them- he is also enjoying it. He is a sadist. One woman he lets go when he sees the Virgin Mary cards in her purse (just after killing her boyfriend who beats her). You see his delusions and it is all thanks to the great performance of actor Fernando Acaso. it also helps that the female characters in the film are played by some Spanish beauties. The only character I wish they developed more in H6 was the police Superintendant who investigates the murders, but H6 is Antonio's story and that is the most important element.

Director Martin Garrido Baron makes an impressive directorial debut. H6 is better than many of the horror films coming out today. I wouldn't be surprised to see him move from Spain to Hollywood after a few more films.

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

The transfer is nice. Good image detail, but the only complaint is some blacks look a little too blue in a couple of scenes in the last half hour.

AUDIO: Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS, 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English

The problem with the 5.1 Dolby Digital track is where the dialogue track comes from. It becomes painfully obvious when you hear the film on headphones. The dialogue is to the left too much instead of being in both ears.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The interview with the star of the film is great where the interview with the director and a bit actor leave me wanting something better like interviews with the female cast members. Also included on the disc is the original theatrical trailer (you have to go to the setup menu to turn on the English subtitles for the trailer if they don't come on with the trailer automatically). Rounding out the disc are previews for other popular tartan releases that have been previewed too many times on too many other discs.

FINAL ANALYSIS: H6 is a film I would love to see a sequel made for.

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