Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1985)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1985) movie poster

director John McNaughton
viewed: 12/16/2016

How I managed to go 30 years before finally seeing Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, I have no idea.  That it’s just as advertised, a bleak, remarkably naturalistic, excellently acted, amazing movie, I’m not at all surprised.  It’s both of its time and amazingly beyond its time.

Hearkening from the mid-1980’s where horror and gore and slashers were being churned out in droves, John McNaughton’s interpretation of the real lives of serial killers portrayed with a gritty earthiness and ice-cold psychology was by many times more frightening and disturbing.  The handful of gore visual effects, usually the highlight of an Eighties horror film, are here gruesome but less shocking in the darkened soul of the movie’s world.

Michael Rooker is amazing.  Tom Towles and Tracy Arnold are excellent too.

I’m still having a hard time accounting for why I never saw this before.  As impressive as has ever been stated.

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