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6 Films to Keep You Awake

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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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  • Actors: Javier Gutiérrez, Leonor Watling, Sancho Gracia, María Asquerino, Antonio Dechent
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 456 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AIQ154
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "6 Films to Keep You Awake" on IMDb

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87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By M. Medina on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Greeno on 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 By Charles Lecuyer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Robinson on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bakuryuu Tyranno on 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 By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2012
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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 been done to death. "The Baby's Room" might not be totally original but it's done up pretty well and sends the creep dial up to 8.

Here's the scoop. A couple, with a newborn, buys a beautiful but old house. They plan to restore it but almost immediately things start to feel wrong. An audio baby monitor reveals a presence in their son's room. An upgrade video monitor shows the intruder. Locks are replaced, alarm systems installed but the intruder is still present. Nerves are frayed, hubby's work begins to suffer. He starts to uncover an uncomfortable history in the house and plans to set things right. But of course things are never that easy.

I be likin' this director Alex de la Iglesia. He handles his work well. I usually find jump scares to be cheap, but he has one here that is too cool not to like. He also throws some physics in in the form of quantum theory (Schroedinger's Cat) to explain the parallel worlds. This is shot and cut well so the watch is real smooth. And at a svelt 77 minutes, it won't tax your attention span. The "Twilight Zone" type ending might annoy a few, and, as the problem existed in the house long before these folks got there, there is nothing to really explain how hubby ended up in both worlds. But this is still a heck of a watch.

If you like a more thoughtful type horror flick, this should do you.
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