Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer [Blu-ray]
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One of the 20 Scariest Movies of All-Time Entertainment Weekly
He 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.
At the end, Henry is still out there among us. And he's no B-movie monster in a hockey mask. He could be the guy next door. This film gives off a dark chill that follows you all the way home. --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine
evil incarnate...an unforgettable portrait of the pathology of a man for whom killing is not a crime but simply a way of passing time and relieving boredom. --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
one of the most impressive film debuts of the '80s. --Variety
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : MPI1804BR
- Director : John McNaughton
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic
- Run time : 1 hour and 23 minutes
- Release date : September 29, 2009
- Actors : Michael Rooker
- Studio : Dark Sky Films
- ASIN : B002EOVXCY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The 2009 MPI Media Group Blu Ray looks and sounds good. Part of the thing I love about this film, is the rough grainy look. It adds to the overall creepiness for me, the same way it does for Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The Blu Ray has a good amount of interesting extras also. Especially the Henry Lee Lucas mini documentary, the real life serial killer who this film was based off of. Pretty grim stuff.
Dark Sky Film's (MPI Media Group) 20th Anniversary Special Edition of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer looks great on screen--it has an excellent vintage horror/grindhouse quality. Additionally, the musical score is freakin bad-ass and ominous as hell, indeed sharpening and intensifying horrific images that cut into the cornea and make the eyeballs bleed and scream. And for a low-budget film, acting and cinematography are excellent--it certainly isn't apparent that this is low-budget cinema.
Despite this movie not accounting for Lucas' hideous acts, it's understandable. For example, Lucas was a necrophile and pedophile, which probably wouldn't sit well with audiences, much less sell. However, Lucas' life is recounted in a 26-minute documentary titled "The Serial Killers: Henry Lee Lucas" included on disc 2 of the 20th Anniversary Edition. Also included are an entertaining, 53-minute documentary about the making of the movie and a feature-length commentary with McNaughton, which I haven't listened to yet. For fans of extreme horror, the 20th Anniversary Edition is worth adding to the collection. AND, I recently noticed MPI released a 30th Anniversary Edition of Blu-ray, which contains a few new bonus features.
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This is truly one of the best films I've watched in ages, and I'm kicking myself for not discovering it earlier. If you enjoy watching stuff like "The Hitcher" or "Kalifornia," reading books like "In Cold Blood," or just want to watch a quality, intense dramatic thriller, this ticks any of those boxes.
Henry likes to consider his crimes, and to think through them, and in this manner, avoids detection. Otis becomes addicted to this life of murder, robbery, and rape; he eventually introduces his sister to his friend, and her and Henry become involved. The lead part is played by Michael Rooker, not famous by name, though recognisable from numerous film and TV roles. He brings a worrying normality to the role, often charming and completely reasonable, then chillingly sadistic, without remorse, or morals.
This film has its say on a part of society that, thankfully, we can only imagine; but a part that is with us, and around us, unseen but ever present. Most of the killings in the film are portrayed in the before and after, with what actually occurred, best left to the imagination. There is one very disturbing scene, where the friends terrorise a married couple, and it is viewed through the viewfinder of a camcorder, as the pair film their terrible deeds.
I could only watch this film once, and although it sounds like a strange thing to say, I am glad that I have seen it.