Starts Friday, October 21
One of the most harrowing and original American horror films of all-time, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer returns to cinemas in a stunning new 30th anniversary restoration that’s sure to send shivers of mortal dread through a whole new generation of filmgoers.
“Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is as fine a film as it is a brutally disturbing one.” – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
Henry (the amazingly intense Michael Rooker), a psychopathic drifter who has left a trail of dead bodies in his wake, settles for a while at the dilapidated Chicago apartment of his sleazy ex-prison buddy, Otis (Tom Towles). Into this toxic environment comes Otis’ younger sister, Becky (Tracy Arnold), who’s fleeing an abusive marriage and looking for a place to stay. Deflecting her brother’s incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry and sees him as a potential lover and herself as his possible savior. What she doesn’t realize is that Otis and Henry are now killing together, murdering for kicks and sinking to ever more shocking depths of depravity. As Becky tries to get her life back on track, she looks to Henry for a way out. But is redemption even possible for a man like Henry? Gritty, gory and highly unsettling, cult filmmaker John McNaughton’s controversial horror classic (shelved for three years thanks to an X-rating from the MPAA, finally securing an unrated release in 1989) is a nightmarish cinema landmark that once seen, is not easily forgotten. (Dir. by John McNaughton, 1986, USA, 83 mins., Not Rated)