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This review is from: Henry - Portrait Of A Serial Killer [Uncut] [DVD] (DVD)
This is probably one of the most honest films you will ever see. Forget the brilliant mind of Hannibal Lector or the 'Shape' from Halloween, this is one of the most real portrayals of a serial killer you will ever see.
Based on the real case of Henry Lee Lucas, Michael Rooker steals the film with a stunning performance in the title role. Given that the film was at least partially made as an exploitation piece, the quality of the acting is much higher than you might expect. As the DVD box says this is the uncut version that we wern't allowed to see when it was first released on video. So the attack on the family is shown in full without the cut-aways back to Henry and Otis watching the video tape they made. This is probably the most disturbing scene in the film and some will find this hard to take, so be warned.
The film is relentlessly violent, downbeat, gritty and just occasionally there is a touch of black comedy. Its very well done, but its not a 'Hollywood' serial killer film!