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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Details

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Though the title makes Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer seem like a cut-rate slasher flick, the film is actually one of the most disturbing and terrifying examinations of mass murderers ever filmed. Loosely based on the story of confessed murderer Henry Lee Lucas, the film follows Henry (Michael Rooker) as he selects innocent victims--occasionally with his roommate Otis (Tom Towles)--and kills them, capturing their murder on videotape. Many of these murders rank among the most brutal and violent ever portrayed on film. The violence and the clinical, detached portrayal of Henry and his horrifying actions make Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer a disturbing, thought-provoking film, but it certainly isn't one for every taste. Finished in 1986, the film wasn't released until 1990, when it was greeted with both positive reviews and considerable controversy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Release date:January 5, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Fire Best Screenplay 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tom Towles Best Supporting Actor 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tracy Arnold Best Supporting Actress 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Michael Rooker Best Actor 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards John McNaughton Best Director 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Alex McNaughton Best Screenplay 1990 Nominee

Cast

Michael Rooker
as Henry
Tom Towles
as Otis
Tracy Arnold
as Becky, Otis's Sister
David Katz
as Henry's Boss
Eric Young
as Parole Officer
Rick Paul
as Shooting Victim
Waleed B. Ali
as Store Clerk
Rick Paul
as Shooting Victim
David Katz
as Henry's Boss
Eric Young
as Parole Officer

Crew

John McNaughton
Director
John McNaughton
Producer
Waleed B. Ali
Producer
John McNaughton
Screenwriter
Richard Fire
Screenwriter
Charlie Lieberman
Cinematographer
Steven A. Jones
Songwriter
Steven A. Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Ken Hale
Composer (Music Score)
Elena Maganini
Editor
Rick Paul
Art Director
Steven A. Jones
Co-producer
Lisa Dedmond
Co-producer
Waleed B. Ali
Executive Producer
Malik B. Ali
Executive Producer
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