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Writer:
John Borowski (writer)
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Tagline:
The Castle. The Murders. The Monster.
Plot:
Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A First Class Documentary! See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tony Jay ... Narrator (voice)
Harold Schechter ... Himself - Author 'Depraved'
Thomas Cronin ... Himself - Criminal Profiler
Marian Caporusso ... Herself - Programs Section Chief - Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center
Ed Bertagnoli ... Chicago Police Officer
Cary Callison ... Chicago Detective

Willy Laszlo ... H.H. Holmes
Rachelle Villarreal ... Alice Pitezel
Audrey Welling ... Castle Victim
Beka ... Carrie Pitezel (voice)
Tom Ciappa ... (voice)
Sarah Mills ... (voice)
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Directed by
John Borowski 
 
Writing credits
John Borowski (writer)

Produced by
John Borowski .... producer
Dimas Estrada .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Douglas Romayne  (as Douglas Romayne Stevens)
 
Cinematography by
John Borowski 
Frey Hoffman 
 
Film Editing by
John Borowski 
 
Art Department
Rick Geary .... castle floorplans
Roland Gibbs .... set constructor
 
Sound Department
James Cohen .... boom operator
Chris Combs .... boom operator
Darin Heinis .... sound re-recording mixer
John Murray .... sound designer
John Murray .... sound editor
Terry Schilling .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Ken Melville .... music executive producer
 
Other crew
John Borowski .... researcher
Andrew Cinquino .... production assistant
Jennie Cisna .... researcher
Eric Richter .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Jim Andre .... special thanks
Lorraine Borowski .... special thanks
J. Christopher Combs .... in memory of
Jamie Cortino .... special thanks
Angela DiCosola .... special thanks
Anthony DiCosola .... special thanks
Darin Heinis .... special thanks
Jacob Henry Mansion .... special thanks
Kazutosi Miyamoto .... special thanks (as Kazutosi Miyamoto M.D.)
Beverly Nemetz .... special thanks
Michael Nemetz .... special thanks
Mitch Norinsky .... special thanks
Ron Norinsky .... special thanks
Janice Sawyer .... special thanks
Dale Anthony Tremaine .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
USA:64 min
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A First Class Documentary!, 29 July 2006
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

Who says you have to spend so much money to make a good quality film, well you don't. John Borowski's documentary on the notorious Dr. H. H. Holmes born as Herman Mudgett is a perfect example. It's creepy and reminds you of the golden days of good thriller films where it didn't take much to scare the life out of you. The story of Dr. Holmes should not be forgotten. The reenactments are not that graphic or bloody. I like the fact that Tony Jay narrated the documentary. He was wonderful. John Borowski is an up and coming director from Chicago where the house of horrors and part of Dr. Holmes' crimes took place. Nobody could imagine the horror not even by reading Harold Schechter's book, Depraved, about his crimes. Schechter gives great commentary but I think he could have been used more regarding his knowledge of information. The forensics specialist came off kind of too detailed for the average person. The criminal profiler reminded me of Chris Parnell with blonde hair. He kind of had a good sense of humor despite the horror. I recommend watching the behind the scenes the making of the documentary. It's well documented and looks 100 percent professional.

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