Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, 1986.Directed by John McNaughton.Starring Michael Rooker, Tom Towles and Tracy Arnold.Filmed in a documentary style, Henry : Portrait of Serial Killer (1986) would cause serious problems for the British Board of Film Classification due to its cold attitude towards violence and sexual violence. When he fights back, Otis grabs a rope and starts to choke the man. However, as the opening statement makes clear, the film is based more on Lucas' violent fantasies and confessions rather than the crimes for which he was convicted. One of the most harrowing American horror films of the 20th century, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer returns in an immaculate presentation that cements this shocking and thought-provoking plunge into a nightmare of the human soul as a true cinema landmark. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, from 1986, is the filmmaking equivalent to being shot in the gut and kicked into a pool of sewage to bleed out. $9.99 Buy. During filmmaking, costs were cut by employing family and friends wherever possible, and participants utilized their own possessions. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 American psychological horror crime film directed and co-written by John McNaughton, about the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity. By. HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER is a chilling profile of a cold-blooded killer that, 30 years after its historic festival premiere, has lost none of its power to shock. Becky reveals that her father raped her as a teenager. Henry then smashes a TV onto his head. The DVD contained a commentary from director John McNaughton (recorded in 1999), a censorship timeline, comparisons of the scenes edited by the BBFC with their original uncut version, two interviews with McNaughton (one from 1999, one from 2003), a stills gallery and a biography of Henry Lee Lucas (text). For example, the dead couple in the bar at the start of the film are the parents of director John McNaughton's best friend, while the bar itself is where McNaughton once worked. It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom Towles as Otis, a prison buddy with whom Henry is living, and Tracy Arnold as Becky, Otis's sister. Coming Soon, Regal It premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1986 and played at other festivals throughout the late 1980s. [11], In 2001, Universal Home Entertainment submitted the full uncut version of the film for classification for home video release. This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 16:33. Tickets for this movie are not available at this moment . Showing all 9 wins and 8 nominations. He also explains that it is important never to stay in the same place for too long; by the time police know they are looking for a serial killer, he can be long gone. Add to Wishlist. [5], Because the production had so little money, they could not afford extras, so all of the people in the exterior shots of the streets of Chicago are simply pedestrians going about their business. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. His death sentence was commuted to life in prison by the then Governor of Texas George W. Bush in 1998. This culminated in positive attention from Roger Ebert at the Telluride Film Festival in 1989. Posted by pumpkinperson in Uncategorized ≈ 16 Comments. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Henry invites him to join his philosophy of murder, trying to convince him of a relativistic nature of murder. It was shot on 16mm in less than a month with a budget of $110,000. Lucas died in prison of heart failure on March 13, 2001. [24][25], Others familiar with the case have suggested that Lucas committed a low of two murders to — at the most — about 40 killings. Otis goes for a drink while Henry returns to the apartment. MPI did not plan a theatrical release for the film. Full Review. Atlantic Entertainment Group expressed interest in releasing the film theatrically but mandated that it have an MPAA "R" rating. Directed by John McNaughton. 10/18/2016 10:12 am ET Updated Oct 18, 2016 5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer' Thirty years later, star Michael Rooker reveals killer secrets. 2016 82 minutes. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. McNaughton credited the MPAA's refusal to accept any cuts as giving him the opportunity to release it uncut, as he would have made cuts had they requested it. The introductory image of a bloodied corpse in the grass builds to an ongoing trail of shot, stabbed, and generally mutilated bodies, gruesome breadcrumbs that all lead back to Henry. Movie & TV guides. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. The clothes Michael Rooker wears throughout the film were his own (apart from the shoes and socks). In 1988, MPI hired Chuck Parello, who worked to have the film be released in theaters. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Indeed, Rooker remained so in-character, that during the shoot, his wife discovered she was pregnant, but she waited until filming had stopped before she told him. Brad Shellady, "Henry: Fabrication of a Serial Killer". There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. JonathanBarkan. Otis brings Becky back to the apartment he shares with Henry. [10] In 1991, distributor Electric Pictures submitted the film for classification with 38 seconds already removed (the pan across the hotel room and into the bathroom, revealing the semi-naked woman on the toilet with a broken bottle stuck in her mouth). HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, Michael Rooker, 1986 May 6, 2014. Otis begins to molest the mother's corpse until Henry objects. [8] On March 30, it opened at the Angelika Film Center in New York and Austin, Texas, and grossed $17,888 for the weekend. Actress Mary Demas, a close friend of McNaughton's, plays three different murder victims: the woman in the ditch in the opening shot, the woman with the bottle in her mouth in the toilet, and the first of the two murdered prostitutes. "[16] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews. By Jacob Knight Oct. 25, 2016. Tie Me Down!, were the instigation for the creation of an adults-only rating for non-pornographic films, NC-17. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 American psychological horror film directed and co-written by John McNaughton about the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity. With the documentary cancelled, Waleed and McNaughton decided that the money for the documentary could instead be used to finance a feature film. August 26, 2016. Otis is convinced by Henry to abandon that grudge for fear of being caught if he harmed the boy and, bolstered by the thrill of their previous homicide, decide to go on a random serial-killing spree together. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: 30th Anniversary Edition. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. See Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer in 4k on the Big Screen! Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates! There are no critic reviews yet for Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer - 30th Anniversary. Later that night, as Henry and Becky play cards, Becky asks Henry about the murder of his mother, the crime that landed him in prison. Later on, Otis becomes frustrated at his television's poor reception, kicking in the screen, destroying it. [19], It is listed in the film reference book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, which says "Henry evokes horror through gritty realism and excellent acting. [12], A parallel censoring of the film happened in New Zealand, where the film was originally banned outright by the Film Censor in 1992. [citation needed], In the meantime, the Ali brothers brought Steven A. Jones onto the project as a producer, and Jones hired Richard Fire to work as McNaughton's co-writer. Later on, the pair watch a recording of a home invasion where they murder a family of three. This DVD included a newly recorded commentary from McNaughton, a 50-minute making-of documentary, a 23-minute documentary about Henry Lee Lucas, 21 minutes of deleted scenes with commentary from McNaughton, a stills gallery, and the original storyboards. Henry is a psychopathic drifter who has coldly murdered a number of people for no particular reason and without remorse. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: 30th Anniversary Edition. The image is an example of a ticket confirmation email that AMC sent you when you purchased your ticket. "[18] In a review from 1989, Variety wrote the film "marks the arrival of a major film talent" in McNaughton. The Unmade Elm Street Prequel. Cinemark M uch of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) is immensely unsettling, starting with the way director John McNaughton initiates the detailed, disturbingly routine life of murder. Just confirm how you got your ticket. Leaving scores of bodies in his wake, Henry makes his way to Chicago, where his murderous streak continues. Additionally, they partly approved the 38 second shot of the dead woman on the toilet, but they demanded that the last 17 seconds of the shot be removed. They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. Art director Rick Paul plays the man shot in the layby; storyboard artist Frank Coronado plays the smaller of the attacking bums; grip Brian Graham plays the husband in the family-massacre scene; and executive producer Waleed B. Ali plays the clerk serving Henry towards the end of the film. Becky quits her job so she can return home to her daughter. Based upon this, Universal decided to remove the shot entirely. Tied with Billie Whitelaw for The Krays (1990). Cinemark Henry and Becky dump Otis's body parts in a river and leave town. Otis is shocked and disturbed and confronts Henry about his murderous lifestyle. The classic psychological thriller/horror film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is getting a 4K restoration to celebrate its 30th anniversary. and the Terms and Policies, Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer - 30th Anniversary Quotes. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. Michael Rooker stars in a film based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas. [citation needed]. October 21, 2016 | 1h 30m Buy or Rent . Throughout the 1980’s, the slasher craze was in full swing. We get bits and pieces of exposition on the subject. دانلود مستقیم و رایگان فیلم Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1990 به همراه زیرنویس فارسی و کیفیت بالا Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1990 هنری پورترت او سریل کیلر از رسانه بیا تو موویز Bia2Movies Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! All Critics (4) Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. I Saw The Devil- Pursuit Of Revenge. Otis (Tom Towles), a drug dealer and prison friend of Henry's, picks up his sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), who left her abusive husband, at the airport. AKA: Henry - Pioggia di sangue, Henry - Portrait d'un tueur. [8] In its theatrical run, it eventually grossed $609,000, in part due to the continued controversies surrounding the film. With the producer, writer, and director in place and with the subject matter decided upon, the film went into production. However, in the film Becky is Otis's younger sister and is considerably older than the 12-year-old Frieda Powell. There are no featured audience reviews for Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer - 30th Anniversary at this time. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. Becky tells Henry her plans, and they decide to go out for a steak dinner. Horror. A collection of vintage wrestling tapes had been discovered, and the owner was willing to sell them to the Ali brothers for use in the documentary. Afterward, she tries to seduce him, but a drunken Otis enters and asks if he's interrupting anything. [9], In the UK, the film has had a long and complex relationship with the BBFC. The BBFC waived the four seconds cut from the murder of the TV salesman, and 61 of the 71 seconds from the family massacre scene (they refused to reinstate the 10 seconds of the scene where Otis molests the mother after she is dead). The Texas Attorney General's Office produced the "Lucas Report," which concluded that reliable physical evidence linked Lucas to three murders. The woman hitchhiking was a woman with whom McNaughton used to work. Tags . Siskel & Ebert described it as "a powerful and important film, brilliantly acted and directed." 2016 82 minutes. Tag Archives: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990) 31 Thursday Oct 2019. Don't have an account? Later when Otis makes an incestuous pass at Becky, Henry violently threatens Otis, who promises not to do that again. Due to the rating, Atlantic pulled out. He migrates to Chicago, where he stops at a diner, eats dinner and later murders the elderly proprietors of a liquor store. Henry is a soft-spoken loner with a cool exterior masking an inner rage that boils at blast furnace intensity. It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom Towles as Otis, a prison buddy with whom Henry is living, and Tracy Arnold as Becky, Otis's sister. The next morning, Henry leaves the motel alone, gets into the car and drives away without Becky. They book a motel room for the night. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Blu-ray (30th Anniversary Edition) (1986): Starring Mary Demas (I), Michael Rooker and Anne Bartoletti. Top Critic. Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF) 1991 Winner Silver Raven : John McNaughton: Fantasporto 1991 Winner International Fantasy Film Award: Best Film John McNaughton: Best Actor Michael Rooker: Best Actress Tracy Arnold. After being taken in by an old prison buddy, he begins to sow the seeds of murder. The characters of Henry and Otis are loosely based on convicted real life serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole. According to the costume designer Patricia Hart, she and Rooker would travel to the set together each day, and she never knew from one minute to the next if she was talking to Michael or to Henry as sometimes he would speak about his childhood and background not as Michael Rooker but as Henry. As in the film, Lucas's mother was a violent prostitute who often forced him to watch her while she had sex with clients, sometimes while wearing girls' clothing for further humiliation. "[17], Critics who liked the film tended to focus on the freshness it brought to the saturated horror genre. In Ebert's review of the film, he writes that the MPAA told the filmmakers that no possible combination of edits would have qualified their film for an R rating, indicating that the ratings issue did not simply involve graphic violence. Electric Pictures had performed this edit themselves without the approval of director John McNaughton,[citation needed] because they feared it was such an extreme image so early in the film, it would turn the board against them. [citation needed], After filming was finished, there was so little money left that the film had to be edited on a rented 16 mm flatbed which was set up in editor Elena Maganini's living room. Completed in 1986, numerous complications plagued the controversial film and it was not released theatrically until 1991. $2.99 Rent. Otis worries that the police might catch them, however, Henry assures him that everything will work out. [citation needed]. However, after financing was in place, the owner doubled his price and the brothers pulled out of the deal. Although the movie is told and acted well, this version of Henry's life is G-rated in comparison with the sinister deeds he actually committed. December 5, 2016 It is unspeakably unpleasant, and it is almost perfect. Henry (Michael Rooker) is a psychopathic drifter who murders scores of people - men, women, and children - as he travels through America. Otis and Henry argue after their camera gets destroyed while Otis is filming female pedestrians from the window of Henry's car. In the US, in 2005 a special 20th Anniversary Edition two-disc DVD was released by Dark Sky Films. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. Dave Kehr of the Chicago Tribune said it was "one of the ten best films of the year" and that it "combines Fritz Lang's sense of predetermination with the freshness of John Cassavetes. "[20], The film was recognized by American Film Institute in 2003 for their AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains list. Coming Soon. The film was finally released uncut on DVD in Australia in 2005; in 2010 another DVD release was approved, apparently without cuts in New Zealand for the first time. [7] Ultimately, the film, along with Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Pedro Almodóvar's Tie Me Up! The original poster artwork was a painting by Joe Coleman. Henry uses the threat as an excuse to indulge his murderous impulses, and Henry stabs him repeatedly with a soldering iron nearby. Back at their apartment, Henry explains his code of immorality: the world is "them or us". In 1984, executive producers Malik B. Ali and Waleed B. Ali of Maljack Productions (MPI) hired John McNaughton, a former delivery man for their video equipment rental business, to direct a documentary about gangsters in Chicago during the 1930s. When Otis is punched in the face by a young teenage boy he tries to sexually assault while selling him marijuana, he complains to Henry that he wants to murder the boy. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry; the "guy-next-door" and the serial killer. The four women Henry encounters outside the shopping mall were all played by close friends of McNaughton. It was subsequently picked up for a limited release in 1990 in an unrated version. [citation needed], McNaughton knew the budget would be too small for a horror film about aliens or monsters, and was unsure how to proceed until he saw an episode of 20/20 about the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. In short, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ... December 13, 2016. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3, Fall TV First Look: Find Out What’s Coming, The Best Peacock Original Shows and Movies, All Upcoming Disney Movies: New Disney Live-Action, Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and More. Following successful showings during which it attracted both controversy and positive critical attention, the film was rated "X" by the MPAA, further increasing its reputation for controversy. pumpkin person rating: 8/10. However, BBFC director James Ferman overruled his own team and demanded that the family massacre scene be trimmed down to almost nothing, removing 71 seconds of footage. These men were really having an argument, and when the film crew arrived to shoot, they refused to move, so John McNaughton decided to include them in the shot. Dark Sky Films . Movie Photos Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer. Following this, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival on September 24, 1986. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) is a disturbing horror gem, but the real events involving Henry Lee Lucas are much more unsettling. Loosely based on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people.The killing spree depicted in the film starts after Otis' sister Becky comes to stay with them. Henry Lee Lucas, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, IQ, mental retardation, Otis Toole, serial killers. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. Monsters and Medicine: The True Story of Leonid Rogozov Who Preformed Surgery on Himself. Coming Soon. It was considered too extreme and after being withdrawn, was replaced by the current official poster. A sequel, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part II, was released in 1996. Henry was filmed in 1985 but had difficulty finding a film distributor. Coming Soon. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) Awards. Henry advises Otis that every murder should have a different modus operandi so the police will not connect various murders to one perpetrator. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. That's not a pullquote you should hope to see on any future home video releases, but I mean it in the most earnest, admiring way possible. Dealers in Death was a moderate success, and was well received critically, so the Ali brothers kept McNaughton on as director for a second documentary about the Chicago wrestling scene in the 1950s. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy [22][23] A detailed investigation by the Texas Attorney General's office was able to rule out Lucas as a suspect in most of his confessions by comparing his known whereabouts to the dates of the murders to which he confessed. For example, in the scene where Becky emerges from the subway, two men can be seen standing at the top of the stairs having a heated discussion. $2.99 Rent. All rights reserved. Copyright © Fandango. HENRY – PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER: Film Review. [27] The film had a Blu-ray release in 2009. HENRY, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER screens Midnights this weekend (November 18 th and 19th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.. Read my interview with Michel Rooker, star of HENRY, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER HERE. Henry suggests that they go to his sister's ranch in San Bernardino, California, promising Becky they will send for her daughter when they arrive. [15] Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 87% of 61 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 7.58/10. The MPAA rated the film "X," which was popularly associated with pornographic films at the time.[6]. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". Synopsis. [21], In prison, Henry Lee Lucas confessed to over 600 murders, claiming he committed roughly one murder a week between his release from prison in 1975 to his arrest in 1983. You're almost there! In the annals of horror, many a film has been made that attempted to offer viewers a journey inside the mind of a serial killer. [13], Critical reception at the film's premiere was mixed, and the resulting debate over the film's themes and morality helped to raise its profile. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 American psychological horror crime film directed and co-written by John McNaughton, about the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity. Posted on: April 19th, 2016 Synopsis: A serial killer with nothing but contempt for humanity stalks the streets of Chicago. June 23, 2016 . A censored version was subsequently released on home video with cuts to the "family massacre" sequence. The Ali brothers gave McNaughton $110,000 to make a horror film with plenty of blood. While the film was inspired by Lucas' confessions, the vast majority of his claims turned out to be false. In January 1993, the BBFC again classified the film '18,' but the Board also removed four seconds from the scene where the TV salesman is murdered, meaning a total of 42 seconds were removed from the home video release. Lucas's father lost both his legs after being struck by a freight train; the character relates a similar story. [citation needed], In 2003, Optimum Releasing again submitted the full uncut version of the film for classification for a cinema release, and later for a home video release. The 4K restoration of “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” had its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival last Friday, October 14. By Bill Bradley. Horror. "[7] Elliott Stein of The Village Voice stated, "the best film of the year... [it] recalls the best work of Cassavetes." As in the film, Frieda Powell preferred to be addressed as "Becky" rather than her given name. The total time cut from the film was thus 113 seconds. The 1970 Chevrolet Impala driven by Henry belonged to one of the electricians on the film. Sign up here. Using Otis's return as an excuse, Henry leaves to buy cigarettes and get some air. Roger Ebert, for example, called Henry "a very good film" and a "low-budget tour de force," and wrote that the film attempts to deal "honestly with its subject matter, instead of trying to sugar-coat violence as most 'slasher' films do. Forgot your password? The man is rude and sarcastic and begins to ridicule them for showing up with "a lousy $50 bucks" and berate Henry and Otis when they refuse to buy his black-market goods. On his way back he encounters a woman walking her dog and is tempted to murder her, but abandons the idea and goes back to the apartment. In the spirit of Halloween, I re-watched this movie a couple weekends ago. Vestron was the first distributor to show an interest in the film, but they pulled out over home video distribution disputes with MPI and fears of a potential lawsuit due to the film's use of real names. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer subtitles. October 3, 2016. They set a trap at night for drivers on Lower Wacker Drive, faking a broken down car, shooting a man to death who pulls over to help them. That evening, Henry and Otis pick up two prostitutes; Henry murders both of them by breaking their necks. Opens October 21, Landmark Sunshine . It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom Towles as Otis, a prison buddy with whom Henry is living, and Tracy Arnold as Becky, Otis's sister. The film's theatrical premiere was on January 5, 1990 in Boston, where it grossed $50,504 during the weekend. [14] The film's subsequent theatrical release was able to capitalize on the positive reviews it had received throughout its controversial festival showings, and its theatrical reception was more positive. The hundreds of confessions stemmed from the fact that Lucas was confessing to almost every unsolved murder brought before him, often with the collusion of police officers who wanted to clear their files of unsolved and "cold cases." The shocking true story of Henry Lee Lucas.. Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. 30. The film, loosely based on a true story, has been hailed as one of the most disturbing and terrifying examinations of mass murderers ever filmed. In February 2003, the BBFC passed the film completely uncut, and in March 2003 the uncut version of the film was officially released in the UK for the first time. The film was classified '18' for theatrical release in April 1991, after 24 seconds were cut from the family massacre scene (primarily involving the shots where Otis gropes the mother's breasts both prior to killing her and after she is dead). He tells her he stabbed his mother because she abused and humiliated him as a child, often having sex in front of him, though he later claims he shot her (which also contradicts the version Henry told Otis in prison, in which he described how he killed his mother with a bat). The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. Henry fights Otis; however, Otis gets the upper hand, smashing a bourbon bottle onto Henry's face. 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