Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer [Blu-ray]
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
"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 saw this at a film festival and the audience was very, very quiet. My friend and I just sat there quietly cowering most of the time. It's just way too realistic. The opening and closing are probably the most frightening, and we don't even see Henry killing anyone, just the bodies of his victims and their terrified screams in the background, echoing. It will give you chills down your spine. The stuff in the movie that scared me wasn't any big "jumps" or gore, just very disturbing, creepy moments (especially if you knew someone who was been the victim of a homicide, as I do). My friend I saw it with worked at the city prosecutors office and heard about plenty of local murder cases and said it rang very, very true to life. One of the most chilling scenes is early on, when Henry goes to a mall and just sits patiently in the parking lot, scanning. The camera looks coldly and calculatedly at different women in the parking lot from Henry's point of view. There are so many shots you almost start to wonder what the point of the scene is until it hits you: they are ALL potential victims, this is how he looks at women. I have always been careful as a woman whenever I am alone but after seeing the film, to this DAY I do not walk to my car alone at the mall without my mace in my hand, and I look all around me and never turn my back on anyone. The movie also does not glamorize the killing or violence against women at all. Also, it's a good primer on home and personal safety.Read more ›
The effect of watching this film will flood you with many emotions as you go through it - anger, fear, empathy, sympathy, disgust to name but a few. It's very simple plot - a serial killer moves in with his ex-con cellmate and sister, then goes round killing people, is disturbingly simple. Absolutely everything about this picture works - the shoddy locations, the precision character acting (easily Michael Rooker's best film and his most intense performance) and matter-of-fact manner in which the murders happen, make this one of the most disturbing films ever made.
I think it is a masterpiece and creates feelings in the audience that go well beyond any that the huge Hollywood blockbusters could hope to get near to. It is I would say, the most disturbing film I have ever seen (and I've watched many, many horror films) because it works on an entirely different level - these are people you pass in the street, that live near to you. McNaughton offers no explanation as to why the things we watch on the screen happen, they just do - which ultimately makes this more terrifying.Read more ›
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Hadn't seen this movie in a long time. Warning! Not for everybody because the film is and can be quite disturbing. I saw this here on Amazon for a great price. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Movie Obsessed
this is the only movie i've seen as an adult (64 years old) which genuinely scared me. we've all seen a henry, somewhere in life. rooker deserved an oscar for this one. Read morePublished 5 days ago by majormulatto
I bought a used dvd copy.The movie played fine.I like this movie except in the end.I will stop there I don't want to ruin it.Published 7 days ago by Amanda
A work of HORROR ART - I'm not kidding. One of my all time favorites that you can see again and again . Henry is a MURDEROUS FREAK and he does it in the worst way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Route66Review
Horrible movie with scenes that should not be shown in film, like murdering children.Published 1 month ago by NH
I'm a little worried that giving this film five stars will put me on some government watch list, but John MacNaughton's excellent, minimalist horror/psychological thriller is a lot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dawkins jr