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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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Mary Demas Mary Demas
Dead Woman / Dead Prostitute / Hooker #1
Anne Bartoletti Anne Bartoletti
Waitress
Elizabeth Kaden Elizabeth Kaden
Dead Couple - Wife
Ted Kaden Ted Kaden
Dead Couple - Husband
Denise Sullivan Denise Sullivan
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Tracy Arnold Tracy Arnold
Becky
Tom Towles Tom Towles
Otis


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Richard Fire Richard Fire
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John McNaughton John McNaughton
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12 years, 11 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

8 years ago at Feb 8 16:23
To be honest, it has been ages since I have seen 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. ... read more
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Based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas. Arriving in Chicago, Henry moves in with ex-con acquaintance Otis and starts schooling him in the ways of the serial killer.
Release date: 7 September 1990
UPC: 030306738222
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" Based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, is a brutal, devastatingly horrifying tale of Henry Lee Lucas, and Otis Toole, who go on on a random killing streak sparing absolutely no one. The people they kill are strangers and in one particularly gruesome attack, kill all three members of a family during a home invasion. Henry lacks compassion in everything he does and isn't the kind to leave behind witnesses. Of any kind. Not even, poor Becky"


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