Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer [Blu-ray]
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One of the 20 Scariest Movies of All-Time Entertainment WeeklyHe s not Freddy. He s not Jason. He s real.Based on actual events, this controversial and critically-acclaimed horror classic chronicles a few short weeks in the life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas.Michael Rooker gives a bone-chilling performance as Henry, a solitary drifter who leads his dim ex-jail mate Otis (Tim Towles), on a senseless killing spree through the streets of Chicago. Choosing their victims at random, they vary their methods of execution to avoid detection. Meanwhile, Otis unsuspecting sister, Becky (Tracy Arnold), comes to visit and finds herself falling in love with Henry. Filmmaker John McNaughton directed HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, a provocative portrayal of a mass murderer that continues to shock and disturb twenty years after its debut.
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The story takes place in the Chicago area where Henry lives with Otis and Becky. Otis spent time in jail with Henry where the two became friends. His sister Becky has recently escaped an abusive relationship while Henry goes about trying to find odd jobs and killing women in random ways as it will not leave a trail back to him. However, when living in close quarters with others it is does not take long before Otis finds out about Henry's secret, but instead of going to the police they partner up. Henry teaches him the secret of killing for pleasure and together they begin to find ways of sharing these grotesque moments with each other.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer has some interesting cinematic moments where a camera is use for the main point-of-view, which later is transferred into the living room. This brings a morbidly surreal experience to the audience as the fetish of the disturbed characters is brought to the eyes of the audience in a revolting manner. Yet, it is a subtle transition, which most people have experienced through their own home video moments.Read more ›
"Henry" takes place in the dirty, gray streets and alleyways of Chicago. Henry (Michael Rooker) and his prison pal Otis (Tom Towles) spend their days working low paying jobs, drinking beer, and watching television. Otis toils at a gas station in between trips to his parole officer. Henry works as an insect exterminator (!). Things start looking up when Becky (Tracy Arnold), Otis's sister, moves in with the pair to escape the doldrums of small town life. Although she has some problems back home with a troublesome boyfriend, Becky takes a shine to Henry almost immediately.Read more ›
I couldn't believe the pleasure the titular character and his buddy, a near-'tard of a killer-in-training, took in the murder of a motorist and an abusive fence (stolen goods dealer). Then there's the home invasion that they video taped for posterity, which I understand caused some viewers to walk outta the theater at a few of the film festivals this played in. The eye-stabbing scene was pretty hard to witness, even though it was a rather brief cut, and it was apparent that the head that received the eyeball-stab was a dummy head made up to sorta look like the character who suffers the injury.Read more ›
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Michael Rooker is simply terrific as "Henry". A man, who seems so ordinary in the outside but in the outside, he is a dangerous serial murderer, who kills mostly woman. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2012 by L.C.L Movie Reviews.
Being intrigued by the serial killer genre I have seen this movie thrown around numerous times by Amazon. I decided to rent it and I was blown away. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Jake Taylor
"Henry..." is not the most disturbing horror movie ever made, nor is it the best. But it WILL creep you out, and there are plenty of interesting things about it. Read morePublished on June 7 2004
Well, a certain "viewer" from Seattle seems to think this is a message board, and has decided to single me out for his flaming. Okay...fine. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by James O'Blivion
I dont mean to be hatin on this movie but this IS THE MOVIE
THAT EVERY ONE RECOMENDS I SEE CAUSE ITS THE SCARIEST MOST DISTURBING FILM EVER MADE! Give me a breake. Read more
Yes...this is another movie review by PR...but please don't delete and move on until you've read this. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by PR GUY
If you're easily scared or grossed out by gorey images, this is an ok movie to watch; however, there isn't much else to see other than that! Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Pre-Paid Premium Shipping
This movie is one of the greatest and goriest horror films i've ever seen,however for the person looking for a biography on Henry
Lee Lucas they will be dissapointed,but if... Read more
quite possibly the most unsettling film i have ever seen. i first saw it when it first came out on video. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Timothy Mckee