Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer

Directed by John McNaughton

This controversial horror classic follows a serial killer and his partner-in-crime as they slowly begin to kill for fun. Michael Rooker is unforgettable as Henry, a soft-spoken loner masking an inner rage. When fellow ex-con Otis invites Henry to move into his apartment, he becomes Henry's wicked wing man. Meanwhile, Otis' unsuspecting sister Becky develops a childish crush on Henry. It took years - and the championing of Roger Ebert - who thought the film was powerful and brilliant - to turn HENRY into one of the most well-regarded horror films of all time.

This controversial horror classic follows a serial killer and his partner-in-crime.

Cast: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

Member Reviews

Very unforgettable and chilling. I watched this a long time ago thinking I was about to watch another slasher flick. I didn't like it at the time. Upon watching this again and really giving it a fair shot, I was blown away at how good this film was! I got legitimate chills during the last 60 seconds of the movie. Highly recommended!!!

kstoner
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3 days ago

Brilliant movie. Obviously Rooker kills it as Henry, but Otis is excellent too. One thing that is interesting is the way the movie embodies a kitchen sink approach while also playing with a heightened sense of reality. I'd recommend watching the Joe Bob episode on this as he interviews the director. One quote from the latter- I'm not interested in spoon-feeding morals to the audience.

L666
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8 days ago

The ultimate real serial killer movie. A brutal and uncompromising showcase of what evil really is. It's old yet timeless and even after watching it twenty times, I still *shudder* when I watch it.

Gourdz
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10 days ago

This is one of those rite of passage films that any genre loving viewer must see at least once in their lifetime. I saw it shortly after it came out, and was traumatized for weeks afterward. I purposefully stayed away from it since then, as despite it being a classic, one viewing is enough. What surprised me upon revisiting was how much the film is structured to get you sorta identifying with Henry, and dare I say rooting for him to escape & be with Becky at the end. Unflinching brutality that is not soon forgotten long after the closing credits play out.

grasscarpet
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10 days ago

It was alright, too slow for me, but the ending was pretty good.

TarnishedFeline
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11 days ago