H6: Diary of a Serial Killer

Starring: Fernando Acaso, Angel Alarcon, Raquel Arenas and Ruperto Ares
Tartan Video
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 18
Available 29 January 2007

Antonio is released from prison after a fifteen year sentence for strangling his girlfriend to death in a fit of violence and jealousy. He takes residence in a rundown and abandoned whorehouse, into which he entices prostitutes, before securing them to a table in Room 6 and systematically sexually assaulting and torturing them over a period of days, and then dismembering their still alive bodies. Even his new wife, who works the nightshift at the hospital, is unaware of his nefarious activities. When he kills a pimp and releases a young prostitute who holds religion dear, it is only a matter of time before the police arrive at his door. But Antonio is one step ahead of them...

The diary of the title is Antonio's written chronicles, which we hear him narrate at certain stages. Photographs taken at various points of his victims' degradation adorn the pages. The journal is kept with the sole intention of making him famous - or, more accurately, infamous - with the authorities and media.

With this being the case, Antonio cannot be considered to be a psychotic in the truest sense. Rather than acting instinctively or carrying out a deep-set fantasy, he operates with forethought, making him instead an intelligent schemer.

In fact, the character of Antonio reminded me of an anti-Morse. The character which was played by John Thaw listened to classical music and moved slowly and methodically. Likewise, Antonio, listens to Mozart and seems to move in slow motion. Ironically, his quickest movements come when he is having sex!

This Spanish film with English subtitles is a competent film without possessing any angles or points of interest that might make it standout from every other similar offering. You can normally detect an inferior copycat movie from the film titles that are invoked in its name on the promotional blurb; in this case American Psycho, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and Hostel.

Disc extras include a press conference; three interviews; and trailers.

Ty Power

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