Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986-1990)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986-1990)
  Directed by: John McNaughton
  Written by: Richard Fire, John McNaughton 
  Starring: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

Released from prison - Henry struggles to deal with the outside world.  While incarnated he develops a close friendship with Otis and the two, once free, decided to become roommates in a poverty stricken section of Chicago.  In order to escape from his daily duties as an exterminator - Henry amuses himself by killing women of the night.  However, after the introduction of their new roommate - Otis's sister Becky , Henry seems to become torn with his passion for killing and passion for his new suite mate.

Originally slated for release in 1986, John McNaughtons' classic didn't reach mainstream audiences until 1990.  Bottom line is that this film to many is consider a ground breaking classic.  Even today viewers get chills and are disturbed by this movie.  The premise of the movie is loosely based off of the life of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.  Although many similarities exist, there are still way to many differences to reference.  As of fan of classics like Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave, I naturally love the lackadaisical, second nature killing intensity that this film brings.  To say this movie is scary however is ridiculous, the kill scenes at best are average - majority of the death scenes are audible and not visual.  Henry -  has withstood the test of time - not because of gore, but because of its mental image it burns within the viewers mind.  A lot of times in the horror industry we are force fed unrealistic, super natural killers, but in this case we are introduced to a real life believable character with absolutely no remorse.  I would recommend this film to any horror fan - although if you are reading this I would be willing to bet you either own this movie or have seen it countless times.  No real shocker here with my rating.

Bloody Buckeye Rating:

4 out of 5
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