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6 Films to Keep You Awake (2008)

Macarena Gómez , Nuria González , Enrique Urbizu , James Phillips  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Macarena Gómez, Nuria González, Adrià Collado, Ruth Díaz, Roberto Romero
  • Directors: Enrique Urbizu, James Phillips, Jaume Balagueró, Mateo Gil, Paco Plaza
  • Writers: Enrique Urbizu, Alberto Marini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 456 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AIQ154
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "6 Films to Keep You Awake" on IMDb

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This four-disc set of films from Spain includes Baby's Room, A Christmas Tale and A Real Friend. Bonuses: featurettes.

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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd say this one's worth owning September 4, 2008
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The box art for Lionsgate's release of 6 Films to Keep You Awake gives zero indication as to its country of origin. I assumed at first that the set was just six horror films Lionsgate had acquired that they didn't think would survive a standalone release. When I discovered the films were Spanish in origin I assumed that 6 Films to Keep You Awake was the Spanish equivalent to the After Dark Horrorfest. A little more research revealed that the collection is more comparable to Showtime's Masters of Horror television series. Given the pedigree of the participants, and the short runtime of each film, I found myself looking forward to this experience.

The Baby's Room

A couple and their newborn arrive at their new home, a beautiful old house that has been renovated to meet their every need. However, there is an entity living in the baby's room, which can be heard over the baby's monitor, and later seen on a closed circuit camera. Is it human, a ghost, or are the tenants simply going insane?

Álex de la Iglesia's name alone was enough to make me want to watch The Baby's Room first. Iglesia is one of filmdom's best kept secrets. As a director he always brings an original and humourous flair to his projects, mixing the best elements of energetic directors like Sam Raimi and the Coen Brothers, while never stooping to style over substance shortcomings. Even in the case of this rather seriously minded and relatively realistic horror film, Iglesia is sure to inject his special brand of realistic levity. The dialogue is witty, and the thickly drawn characters act like real people would in a really bad situation.

The Baby's Room is, unfortunately, not an original story by any stretch of the imagination.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different and unexpected January 16, 2009
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If you've been watching horror for the past few years, you'll know that Spain is really producing some interesting films. These are no exception. They are all different and maybe you could even say uneven. I really like "A Real Friend" and think that's worth the price of admission alone. A definite must for fans of "Masters of Horror".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much superior to Masters of Horrors... March 2, 2009
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These films are all great, some are even amazing. I want more of this.
Watch out for Spain in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money! October 10, 2008
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Any horror fan will be plenty satisfied by this set. Of all the films 3 are good, 1 is a must own, 1 is okay and 1 is a dud. Of all the films, A Christmas Tale stands out as the most original and well made. The film is like the offspring of Silent Night Deadly Night and The Goonies. If that doesn't perk your ears up then forget this set. The packaging is a disappointment and the extras are a bit light. However there is a making of for each film. Overall if you are a fan of horror and want to see what the Spanish directors of the genre are up to, this collection is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll be generous and rate four stars January 2, 2011
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Good news - the movies are very suspenseful, usually relying on unsettling settings and atmosphere, and on characters the audience can invest in.

Bad news - While considerably better than Hollywood's current formulas, it would appear that Spanish films also have formulas and therefore, watching several close together becomes repetitive.

Thankfully that saves me the trouble of reviewing each individual movie, so I'll skip forward to the ones I found memorable.

"The Baby's Room" essentially is about an old house, in which the occupants, having recently moved there, start hearing mysterious voices and later, images of a mysterious man watching their baby. Is the house haunted? Actually it becomes very weird.

"To Let" features a couple in search of an apartment. However, the place they're checking out might not be quite as harmless as it seems, as the owner clearly has issues. This film has much faster pacing than the other films in the collection.

The above two were very good with setting atmosphere!

Aside from lacking variation in general - even with their varied themes many similarities are present in these films - there isn't any significant downside to the collection. I'd suggest spacing out watching these because, despite providing what's lacking from most big-budget horror films, watching these shortly after each other will feel repetitive.

I give them a collective score of 20/30, which should be 3.3 stars which should round down becoming three stars, however with four decent films and three good ones, the collection feels better than the combined sum of its parts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie! July 7, 2011
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Definitely a very nice compilation, and the movies are all around an hour long, which is nice if you're quite busy, and don't have time to sit down to watch a 90 to 120 minute film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and artful! March 12, 2011
By Kubana
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This is a great collection to have. My favorite film in this collection is Regresa A Moira. It was filmed beautifully and the actors were superb. I wish films like these would become more popular and widely spread. Get your copy today; it is definitely worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars its in spanish February 11, 2013
By jim
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its in spanish with english subtitles.but they are good films.i just wish they had english on the menu .will watch again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Warning! SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY!!!!! Warning! Warning! SPANISH...
I am a huge fan of horror films, and constantly search for any that I have not seen. Apparently, fourteen Spanish-speaking fans have seen these, and I bought it based on their... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doctor Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Films...
Fast shipping. Great dvd. "To Let" was my favorite. Love foreign horror. No crawling asian girls in this one, which is a plus for me. Its been over done.
Published 5 months ago by Monica
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Spanish horror
Would recommend this collection of horror flicks to any horror fanatic. More of the films than not creeped me out- and I love my horror.
Published 15 months ago by bearofdeath
5.0 out of 5 stars For My husband
I got this for my husband for Chritmas and he watched all them as soon as it came i and it came in before it was suppossed to !
Published 17 months ago by Ceiara Ranjel
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SPANISH HORROR
If you like watching your movies from under the covers then this is for you.Look elsewhere for gore but if you like your horror psychological and creeping then you must own... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Vlad the emailer
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Films to Keep You Awake
I was surprised, these are true horror films, not (horror films for those who do not like to watch horror films) and a cut above many other films that try to achieve the same... Read more
Published 19 months ago by invaderfm
4.0 out of 5 stars The Baby's Room
There are a million horror flicks out there and most of them are pretty awful. The challenge for any writer/director is to find those things that will creep people out but hasn't... Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by Eric Sanberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good sampler of Spanish Horror.
I bought the set on the strength of "Specter", with the incomparable Juan Jose Ballesta, and "Blame," which I had rented previously. Read more
Published on September 29, 2009 by Alfredo R. Villanueva
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