Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ★★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

“It's always the same and it's always different.”

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.

Controversial upon release, this Michael Rooker starring vehicle is a tense, unnerving character study which manages to get under the viewer’s skin with its style and performances. 

None of the characters here are likeable, quite the opposite really, but their depravity and excellent portrayals, particularly from Rooker and Tom Towles makes it hard to look away.

The sound design is also excellent here, with a fantastic score from Ken Hale, Steven A. Jones and Robert McNaughton adding to the vibe of the movie.

Overall, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is an atmospheric and uncomfortable film with phenomenal performances at its centre.