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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Directed by John McNaughton • 1986 • United States
Starring Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles
One of the most harrowing American films ever made, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER is a shocking, thought-provoking plunge into the darkest recesses of the human soul that continues to disturb decades after its controversial debut. Michael Rooker is unforgettable as Henry (based on real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas), a soft-spoken loner with a cool exterior masking an inner rage that boils at blast-furnace intensity. When fellow ex-con Otis (Tom Towles) invites Henry to move into his Chicago apartment, he becomes a willing participant in Henry’s senseless killing sprees. Meanwhile, Otis’s unsuspecting sister Becky (Tracy Arnold) finds herself dangerously drawn to Henry.