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Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer        30th Anniversary Edition

                                    review by Bobby Blakey

There are movies out there that are must see for those that truly love cinema. Most of them are the classics that we all know about, but then there are lesser popular films like that of 1986s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. The film stars Michael Rooker in his first feature role as well as Tom Towles and Tracy Arnold with John McNaughton at the helm. This classic horror / thriller of sorts is celebrating its 30th anniversary and what better way than with than the release of the Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 30th Anniversary Edition.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people. The killing spree starts after Otis' sister Becky comes to stay with them. 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. This is one of those movies that if you don’t know its history and watch it these days you will likely be confused as to why it was so controversial, but at the time of its release it was something different and terrifying. The film is a slow burn character study loosely based on the life and crimes of Henry Lee Lucas and his friend Otis Toole, but works perfectly. There are some bloody moments, but it is never overly graphic, but instead can chill to the bone with the realism of the violent acts. A couple of the kills are kind of light hearted by design, but when you see the family video sequence you witness something very different. There is a chilling tone to the whole film right up to the very end which at the time of its release was an unheard of way to end a film like this. It is this brave decision that makes the film standout all the way through and remind you that pure evil is out there and it is not a monster, but a man.

This new release offers up the film in a beautiful 4K restoration that makes it look better than ever. In addition to the film this release includes commentary, outtakes, deleted scenes, interviews, trailers, still gallery and a slew of featurettes that take you further behind this classic piece of terror. This is a must see film for film lovers so be sure to grab your copy available now from Dark Sky Films.

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