I saw the film twice trying to determine what I was missing since I was the only one I knew that hated it. It is spastic, inconsistent, and the end comes out of nowhere. The only interesting thing about it was the movie poster. There was an interesting icon bottom left: stick figure hand strangling a stick figure cat with this moniker: "Not for Children."
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was a film that is loosely based upon the exploits of notorious white trash serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. This man claimed to have killed hundreds of people, mostly women. But the director takes us down the path of a man who is in many ways similar to the real deal. Michael Rooker stars as Henry, a demented man living in a twisted world who lives with a scummy roommate Otis (based also on Henry Lee Lucas' running buddy/lover Ottis Toole). … more
Loosely based upon the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.
Produced in 1986 and it took several years to finally get a theatrical release.
Shot on 16mm with a budget of $110,000.
Ever seen a film so terrifying that it made you want to sleep with all the lights on? A film so unsettling that some of its scenes were stuck in your mind long after you'd finished viewing it? John McNaughton's horrific masterpiece HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER is that kind of film. Based on true events, this critically-acclaimed classic so believably portrays the senseless killing spree of a dangerous sociopath on the loose, Michael Rooker in a bone-chilling performance, that people can't stop talking about it even twenty years after it was filmed. If you've never seen HENRY before, get ready for the ride of your life. If you have seen HENRY and are one if its many fans, you're not going to want to miss this 20th Anniversary Special Edition, which is packed full of never-before-seen extras and is presented here in a stunning new high definition transfer supervised by the director.