Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (20th Anniversary Edition - 2-DVD)
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- Feature-length commentary by John McNaughton
- Deleted scenes and outtakes Portrait: The Making of Henry: all-new 52 minute documentary by David Gregory featuring interviews with Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold, and more
- 30 minute documentary on Henry Lee Lucas
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 3 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: September 27, 2005
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Mpi Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Michael Rooker & Tom Towles|
|Directed by||John McNaughton|
|Music by||Robert McNaughton, Ken Hale & Steven A. Jones|
|Produced by||John McNaughton, Lisa Dedmond & Steven A. Jones|
|Director of Photography:||Charlie Lieberman|
|Executive Production by||Malik B. Ali & Waleed B. Ali|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"...Spare, intelligent and thought provoking....This film gives off a dark chill that follows you all the way home..."
"...Exceptionally well-acted....[A] challenging, uncomfortable and honourable approach to real-life horrors..."
"...A more explicit PSYCHO made with Hitchcock's integrity..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
"...Profoundly disturbing....[McNaughton's] artistic control of the camera and narrative is evident from the start..."
"...Rooker captures a psychopath's charisma in a film as raw as a fresh blade wound." -- Rating: B+
"...As fine a film as it is a brutally disturbing one..."
"[It is the] careful, naturalistic direction of actors that gives the film its creepy staying power."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Michael Rooker is unforgettable as Henry, a soft-spoken loner with a cool exterior masking an inner rage that boils at blast furnace intensity.
Masterfully directed by John McNaughton, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a chilling character study of a mass murderer that continues to shock and disturb twenty years after its debut.
John McNaughton's film, in the tradition of such classic studies of homicidal personality as PEEPING TOM and TAXI DRIVER, goes further than both of these movies in its flat refusal to tell the killer's story on anything other than the killer's terms. McNaughton is able to present the world Henry aimlessly traverses as Henry sees it--almost unendurably bleak and meaningless--and in doing so he allows his film to go as deep into the nightmarish mind of a killer as anything ever committed to celluloid.
- HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER was originally rated X by the MPAA. The film's distributors chose to release the film without a rating instead.
- "It's probably too bloody for the art crowd and too arty for the blood crowd."--director-cowriter John McNaughton, discussing HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 172 ratings.