The invention of the NC-17 rating was a big controversy in the eighties, and this film instigated the debate thanks to its scenes of brutality and murder at the hands of serial killer Henry (Rooker). Released four years after it was made amid controversy, "Henry" remains a pivota...
Though the title makes Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer seem like a cut-rate slasher flick, the film is actually one of the most disturbing and terrifying examinations of mass murderers ever filmed.... read more
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Loosely based on the life of Henry Lee Lucas, this is a raw, gritty and overall savage character study of a serial killer. This is a film that is brilliantly directed by John McNaughton, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a disturbing picture that will definitely make you feel...
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May 19, 2012
Yes, the acting was brilliant from Rooker and it was an involving story but it just seemed to drag and some of the performances were horrendous. There were many times when I just wanted to turn it off and at the end I felt like I had sort of wasted my time as there was no change ...
October 10, 2011
Henry: Guns are easy to get... I can make a phone call and get a gun. Anybody can get a gun, Otis.
"He's not Freddy. He's not Jason. He's real."
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a dirty, raw and dark film. It isn't anything like the average slasher. This wasn't made for f...
September 18, 2011
Now this is what low budget horror is all about people! A remorseless killer, plastic heads with corn syrup blood and senseless murder after senseless murder, with no retribution in sight! A truly amazing piece of cinema that has survived the test of time for one reason and one r...
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An unflinching look at an emotionless serial killer, loosely based on a true story, in which director John McNaughton takes a look at a killer through detached lenses, and the result is something horrifying and truly haunting. Although it never reaches the heights of being a "gre...
June 27, 2011
I haven't seen Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer in a while and maybe my priorities have shifted since the last time I've seen it, but this is a seriously skeevy movie. It also seems way more disturbing (the home invasion footage scene was particularly hard to shake) this time a...
May 1, 2011
I watched this film again with a group of my friends who had never seen it Instead of the whooping, hollering and cheering that accompanied most of the other movies we watched together, Henry was met with a deathly silence. Its gritty and gripping tale was so different, so fresh,...
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