Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986, USA) C-82m. *** D: John McNaughton. Starring Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold. Near-brilliant movie follows the life of serial killer Henry, his daily routine, his violent outbursts, and the relationship to his roommates Towles and Arnold. A grittily realistic, at times incredibly tense film; this psycho drama / character study is unlike all other films about serial killers. A must-see, with a disturbing, brilliant score. Due to controversial subject matter and presentation, this film remained unreleased for several years. Based on the life of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. First film by director McNaughton (MAD DOG AND GLORY, WILD THINGS) Followed by a sequel in 1998.


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