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Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer Review


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In 1986, a Chicago-based film producer gave young music video director and former boat-builder John McNaughton some cash to make his first feature, a teen slasher film. McNaughton came back with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a movie so distant from the genre that he might as well have submitted a Care Bears short.

Which is not to say that there's anything cuddly about this brutal story, loosely inspired by the crimes of real-life convicted murderer Henry Lee Lucas. (They really always have three names, don't they?) As the title character, Michael Rooker murders people, sometimes by the family, with all the joy of a smack addict numbly shooting his semi-daily fix. Henry the serial killer is absolutely dead inside, and slaughter is just his thing.

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