Portrait of A Serial Killer

DVD - 2005
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Based on true events, John McNaughton's film follows Henry's senseless killing sprees. Ex-convict Otis invites Henry to share his Chicago apartment and he becomes involved in Henry's killing sprees. Otis' sister comes to visit her brother, and she is fascinated with Henry and thinks his life resembles hers.
Publisher: [United States] : Dark Sky Films, [2005]
Edition: 20th anniversary special ed.
ISBN: 9780788606656
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 08, 2018

A brilliant and totally honest movie about a pair of poor, white trash sociopathic jailbirds, and a girl who falls in love with the title character.

Everyone involved in this movie was extremely brave to present this heinous gore rampage as honestly as possible, without bowing to good taste.

When it comes to the subject matter, there is no "good taste."

Feb 23, 2014

Henry: A Putrid Portrait Of A Piece Of Pure Excrement._____ If this film was really supposed to be an example of an in-depth character study of a serial killer, then, as that study, it was utterly worthless 'cause Henry literally had no character to study. Nope. He sure didn't. He was nothing but a completely colourless, humourless, one-dimensional, non-entity._____ I found it quite puzzling that the approach in which Henry took to killing people was like that of one performing a totally hated job. If killing people was really Henry's "thing" (and this seemed to be the case), then, why the hell didn't the lust & passion of killing show in his murderous actions?_____ This decidedly unpleasant movie about a brain-dead serial killer and his brain-dead friends and his brain-dead life (ho-hum!) gave me a serious case of brain-freeze._____ On top of its stifled dialogue, its annoyingly wooden performances, and its recklessly seedy production values, "Henry" was certainly the absolute shittiest portrait of a serial killer that I've ever seen. It was nothing but a predictable paint-by-numbers picture whose intended shock-value completely missed the mark. And, with that, it inevitably failed to deliver much of a worthwhile jolt. All it did was aggravate and bore this viewer to pieces.

Feb 03, 2013

Very dated film about the lives of serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and (his buddy/lover) Otis O'Toole. Totally underwhelming movie. Didn't creep me out, not particularly gory, no deep philosophical questions were posed, nada. Waste of time, really.


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