Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Reviews
That really explains the film. Instead of creating a fun, campy slasher type film where everything is sugar coated, Henry is real. Based on the apparent confessions of real killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film is shot in such a way it feels like we could be watching a documentary and everything we are seeing could be real. This is helped by the simplicity. For example when a TV salesman is killed, it is done in such a simple yet realistic way, the scene feels far more disturbing than most of the usual over the top horror we see today. McNaughton seemed to realise that over the top blood didn't necessarily equal scary (although a low budget did help).
The star of the show is obviously Michael Rooker, who plays Henry in such a real way. Apparently during the whole shoot, Rooker stayed in character, and with the end result, I'm not surprised. Rooker has created a killer far more scarier than anything else seen before because of how real he seems. He could be someone you know, a next door neighbor for example and that's far more scarier to me than any freddy kruger.
Partly based on the confessions of a real life serial killer, it begins with a creepy montage of dead bodies, victims of the psychopathic Henry (Michael Rooker), a drifter who lives with Otis, a drug-dealing rapist who he met in prison and Becky, Otis' sister, who has recently moved to Chicago to find a job.
Henry has no preferred method of pattern to the murders he commits, seemingly to do them completely at random and soon introduced Otis into the act of killing, the two of them videotaping every gory detail. However, when Otis starts getting on Henry's nerves the two turn on each other and Henry leaves town with Becky.
The movie was made in 1986 and did 4 years on the festival circuits before getting a worldwide release. It's a stunning debut from it's director John McNaughton, creating a thrilling horror movie where there is no good whatsoever to counterbalance the evil and presenting a world too sickeningly disturbing to truly exist and too viscerally realistic to be denied.
This makes the Saw movies seem like a Disney cartoon.
Some of the film has aged quite awful, but for the most part it hasn't aged a bit.
Makes you think how terrifying this was back in its time.
gorey x makes you want to check that the back door is locked x Part of the fun of watching horror films for me is to also laugh at them and at myself for being scared x but I wasn't laughing at all during this film x very disturbing x