Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 20th Anniversary Edition Review


Dark Sky Films are going to be releasing "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" the 20th Anniversary Edition DVD. We have your early review of the movie so you can decide whether this should be on your buy or skip list. You can read The Dudes Exclusive Early review right here

 According to DavisDVD, the two-disc set will feature a brand new anamorphic transfer from a high definition master supervised by director John McNaughton, as well as restored Dolby Digital audio. Extras will include a commentary track with John McNaughton, a new full length documentary (featuring McNaughton, producer Steve Jones, cinematographer Charlie Lieberman, editor Elena Maganini, and actors Michael Rooker, Tom Towles and Tracy Arnold), a new documentary on real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, storyboards and more.

The DVD will be available on September 27th. The film is loosely based on the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a confessed serial killer, is a terrifyingly intimate journey into the twisted life of a murderous psychotic. As the blank-eyed Henry (Michael Rooker) drifts from place to place, he selects victims at random, slaughters them, and captures the brutality on videotape.

 When he is joined by his deranged roommate, a loudmouthed ex-convict named Otis (Tom Towles), the almost unfathomably malevolent acts multiply. John McNaughton's film, in the tradition of such classic studies of homicidal personality as PEEPING TOM and TAXI DRIVER, goes further than both of these movies in its flat refusal to tell the killer's story on anything other than the killer's terms.

McNaughton is able to present the world Henry aimlessly traverses as Henry sees it--almost unendurably bleak and meaningless--and in doing so he allows his film to go as deep into the nightmarish mind of a killer as anything ever committed to celluloid.

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