HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER REVIEWED
“Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” is one of those classic horror/suspense film from the 1980s. By now, most readers have read Jim from Chicago’s lengthy interview with John McNaughton. But, that was going from a place of Chicago love. Honestly, I never knew the film took place in Chicago until I was in college. Since my younger years, I’ve been a gorehound and this film was one of my turning points. When horror shifted from cartoonish burn victims to something resembling the real world.
In effort to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film, Dark Sky has helmed a 4K restoration of the original film. While the full frame presentation and compressed audio remains true to form, anything less dirtier would feel like a betrayal. Henry works for the same reason that Michael Rooker works so well in the titular role. The maniac feels dirty and confused. He knows that he loves to kill, but he also feels the urge to stop it. When he can’t explain why he should stop anymore, that’s when the carnage begins. Amazing stuff.
- Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
- Still Gallery
- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 12/6/16
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 89%89%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 97%97%
The Plot Thus Far
Undeniably one of the most harrowing American films of the 20th century, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer hits Blu-ray with a restoration that cements its reputation as a shocking, thought-provoking nightmare-plunge into the depths of the human soul.
Henry, a psychopathic drifter who has left a trail of bodies in his wake, settles for a while at the dilapidated Chicago apartment of ex-prison mate Otis. Into this toxic environment comes Otis s younger sister Becky, 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, sinking to ever more terrifying 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?
In celebration of the film s 30th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is proud to present Henry in a brand new 4K scan, restored from the 16mm original camera negative and approved by director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones, featuring a new 5.1 mix restoration from the stereo 35mm mag reels. Sure to send shivers of mortal dread through a whole new generation of filmgoers, this new presentation puts Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer firmly back into the vanguard of contemporary cinematic horror.