Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ★★★★½

When I first saw this over a decade ago, I imagine the controversy was built up so high that when I finally saw it I just didn't get the feeling from it I wanted. Watching it last night I felt much closer to having seen the movie I'd heard about for years now that I'm not some super-edgy high-schooler. It's still not horrifically violent by some of the other major standards out there, but it sure as hell is grim and joyless. McNaughton's slowly panning camera adds a level of voyeurism, feeling like you're discovering these crimes yourself, and the sound effects (particularly the slow removal of a head) are more visceral than most of the violence. If you're looking for a feel-bad movie, this is sure worth it regardless of the liberties taken with the actual events that happened.

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