Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) Movie Review

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

1986 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
83 minutes / 1h 23min

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Plot Synopsis:

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. The people they kill are strangers and in one particularly gruesome attack, kill all three members of a family during a home invasion. Henry lacks compassion in everything he does and isn't the kind to leave behind witnesses - of any kind.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) Review

I watched this last night after hearing never ending praise for it. Right away I noticed that it was basically an 80’s cheesy b-movie. The acting was eh and the story was ehh and the gore was ehhh…

But yeah, all in all the movie was done very well. It was very disturbing, even though you didn’t see most of the brutal murders, just seeing like, the bloody suitcase you knew was full of body parts made you uneasy. They did a very good job of making you uncomfortable.

As for the infamous family rape/killing video tape scene.. all i gotta say is.. give me a break. I’ve seen much worse.. I’ve been told this was like a snuff film.. I dunno..

The movie was good, but it’s way overrated in my eyes…


  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 7.21
  • IMDB: 7.0
  • MetaCritic: 8.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.6

About Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986

Title: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Year: 1986
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
Reviewer:
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.61/5 stars from 27,302 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27,302
MPAA Rating: R
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Cast Starring: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Kurt Naebig, Donna Dunlap, Mary Demas, Benjamen Passman, Augie the Dog, Flo Spink, Benjamin Passman, Anne Bartoletti, Elizabeth Kaden, Kristin Finger, Ted Kaden, Lily Monkus, Denise Sullivan, Ray Atherton, Anita Ores, Eric Young, Megan Ores, Rick Paul, Cheri Jones, Peter Van Wagner, Monica Anne O'Malley, Tom McKearn, Bruce Quist, Frank Coronado, Erzsebet Sziky, Lisa Temple, Tracy Arnold, Brian Graham
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Writers: Richard Fire, John McNaughton
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Director: John McNaughton
Production: GreyCat Films
Language: English
Country: USA