|Dream Entertainment has acquired the international rights to Waterfront Productions' documentary H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer from filmmaker John Borowski.
The feature-length documentary depicts the life of Herman Mudgett–also known as H.H. Holmes or the Torture Doctor–and his castle of horrors. Holmes designed a building with torture chambers, a crematorium and acid vats, where he rented rooms to and murdered unsuspecting victims visiting the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
The film includes reenactments, expert interviews and period photography. It was named Best Documentary at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival and at the Cine-Macabre Horror Film Festival, and was an official selection of the Chicago International Documentary Festival.
Interest in Holmes has risen since Paramount Pictures acquired rights to Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, which is about the serial killer, for the studio-based production companies of Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Cruise. Bigelow has been slated to direct the film and produce along with Cruise and his partner Paula Wagner. Additionally, Leonardo DiCaprio has announced plans to star in an unrelated H.H. Holmes picture, to be developed through his production company.
"John Borowski did a brilliant job capturing and bringing to life the horrifying events and actions surrounding H.H. Holmes' life over 100 years ago," said Dream Entertainment chairman and CEO Ehud Bleiberg. "With mass appeal on a worldwide stage, this film exemplifies the type of first-rate documentaries we are looking to bring to Dream."
Karen Roberts, Dream Entertainment's senior VP of acquisitions and development, brought the property to Dream and negotiated on behalf of the company. The film will be offered at MIPTV.