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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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Anne Bartoletti Anne Bartoletti
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6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 13 7:28
Utterly disturbing masterpiece. The horror in this one comes from the fact that it feels utterly real.

Even more disturbing than the violence and heartlessness of Henry is the increasing desensitization to killing that Otis transitions through. I've had nightmares about that and this film. Absolute masterpiece.

An average movie

1 year, 9 months ago at Feb 8 16:23
To be honest, it has been ages since I have this movie and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. In fact, I still remember very well the first time I saw the damned thing. In fact, at the time, I had never heard of this flick before and it is my brother-in-law who brought it to our attention saying that it had a very notorious reputation, that it was one of the scariest movies ever made. So, w... read more
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Based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas.
Release date: 7 September 1990
UPC: 030306738222
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" Starts with a minimalist musical score that never leaves it grip and add to the film's foreboding dark and realistic atmosphere. The story is based on the confessions of killer Henry Lee Lucas and Michael Rooker is so effective in the role that he had be typecast as a sick psycho villain for many years afterwards. The movie has a truthfulness to it's story that is hard to swallow and there is several disturbing images. The most memorable are when Henry also brings with himself a partner on his "


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"August 29 "I'd like to kill somebody." "Say that again." "I'd like to kill somebody." "Let's me and you go for a ride, Otis." For a film that has a reputation for being really disturbing and realistic, I found it to be somewhat underwhelming. While I did like Michael Rooker's performance and the rest of the acting was decent, I couldn't really get engaged in this movie. I didn't think the dialogue was interesting and I didn't care for the characters. I get that you're supposed to care about "


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" Directed by: John McNaughton Produced by: Lisa Dedmond, Steven A. Jones, and John McNaughton Written by: John McNaughton and Richard Fire Cinematography: Charlie Lieberman Edited by: Elena Maganini Music by: Ken Hale, Steven A. Jones, and Robert McNaughton Distributed by: Greycat Films"


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"LAST WATCHED: 6/2/2017Disturbing. And highly inaccurate, but that's what you get when Hollywood tells a story based on true events. I did like the scene where Henry was telling Becky how his mother died and he changed his story from stabbing her to shooting her. It keeps quite well with history. Henry Lee Lucas was notorious for claiming responsibility for murders he didn't commit in order to improve his prison conditions and he constantly changed his stories."


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"Henry Lee Lucas The film's character, was based on Henry Lee Lucas, who proclaimed to have killed nearly 600. Roughly one murder a week between his release from prison in 1975 to his arrest in 1983. While the film was inspired by Lucas' confessions, the vast majority of his claims turned out to be false. Lucas, however was convected of 11 murders, by state officials."


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