Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Best Feature
Spirit Awards
Best Director
Spirit Awards
Best Male Lead
Spirit Awards
Still manages to pack a punch...still as shocking as it set out to be...deeply disturbing and unnervingly complex.


Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER returns with a thrilling, cinematic presentation that cements its reputation as one of the most harrowing and original American films of all time.

Dark Sky Films, a division of MPI Media Group, proudly presents HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER in a brand new 4K scan and restoration from the 16mm original camera negatives, and featuring a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels, all approved by director John McNaughton. Sure to send shivers of mortal dread through a whole new generation of filmgoers, this amazing new transfer puts HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER firmly back into the vanguard of contemporary cinematic horror.

Henry (Michael Rooker) is a psychopathic drifter who has coldly murdered a number of people for no particular reason and without any remorse. Leaving scores of bodies in his wake, Henry makes his way to Chicago, where his murderous streak continues and he settles into the rundown apartment of his drug-dealing former prison friend Otis (Tom Towles). Also moving into the space is Otis’s younger sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), who is fleeing from her abusive husband. Henry soon reveals his troubled childhood background to Becky, which resulted in Henry’s murder of his mother, the crime that landed him in prison. As she fends off her brother’s incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry, confiding in him that her father molested her as a teenager.

Unbeknownst to Becky, Henry continues to commit a series of random killings along with Otis, who has quickly developed a taste for murder. The victims of their depraved spree include
prostitutes, vendors, and an entire family, the slaying of whom they record on their video camera.

Becky decides to get her life back on track and return home to her daughter, prompting extreme responses from both Henry and Otis. Though she looks to Henry as a potential lover and herself as his possible savior, Becky doesn’t realize that Henry is incapable of feelings of redemption, compassion and warmth. She will, however, soon find out.
Not Rated
Bio-pic, Crime, Drama
John McNaughton
Richard Fire
Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles
Nominee, Best Feature, Spirit Awards
Nominee, Best Director, Spirit Awards
Nominee, Best Male Lead, Spirit Awards
Nominee, Best Supporting Female, Spirit Awards
Nominee, Best Supporting Male, Spirit Awards
Nominee, Best Screenplay, Spirit Awards
Mike D'Angelo, AV Club

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