Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry... is a ferocious and sometimes brilliant film. Neither sensational nor exploitative, the monsters in this film are all too recognisably human. Henry... gets bad press. The Silence of the Lambs, with its cannibal serial killer portrayed almost as a kind of exciting, entertaining anti-hero is surely more deserving of accusations of sensationalism and irresponsibility than this.

This film reminds me somehow of the fiction of Jack Ketchum. It seems to have a bleak, despairing vision of humanity and is fascinated in the existential horror of life, as Stephen King wrote of him. In fact, Ketchum could easily have written the screenplay to this.

Henry... isn't an entertaining film but it's a brave, bold statement and it's lost none of its potency in almost thirty years.

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