Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer Part 2

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror, Thriller

This eminently respectable follow-up to John McNaughton's shocker is a chilling exploration of miserable malaise that unfolds at the intersection of blue-collar despair and stone psychosis. Like the first HENRY, it opens with a grisly, deeply unsettling montage of dead bodies: men and women, young and not young, strangled, stabbed and suffocated at home,...read more

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This eminently respectable follow-up to John McNaughton's shocker is a chilling exploration of miserable malaise that unfolds at the intersection of blue-collar despair and stone psychosis. Like the first HENRY, it opens with a grisly, deeply unsettling montage of dead

bodies: men and women, young and not young, strangled, stabbed and suffocated at home, in wooded thickets and in vacant lots. Unrepentant serial killer Henry (Neil Giutoli), a nondescript lug with an unsettlingly bland face, is introduced as he prepares to murder an anonymous woman (Penelope

Milford) for no apparent reason. Having seen the first film sheds little light into the darkness of his psychosis: Henry (inspired by controversial real-life killer and pathological liar Henry Lee Lucas) just kills people: It's what he does. He drifts into a job delivering and servicing

Porta-Johns, and is taken in by married coworkers Kai (Rick Komenich) and Cricket (Kate Walsh). Kai, Henry soon learns, moonlights as an arsonist -- "I'm no firebug," he explains testily. "It's all about money" -- and teaches Henry the ins and outs of burning things; Henry introduces Kai to

killing. Like its predecessor, this morose little horror show is surprisingly character-driven, though the characters are a singularly unpleasant lot, working-class outcasts just a step away from brutal criminality. Cricket is a sullen slut and Kai is a thug. Their boss, Rooter (Daniel Allar),

slips LSD into people's drinks for a laugh. Cricket's artsy niece Louisa (Carri Levinson), who falls for Henry, is a loon who's tormented by visions of her junkie mom covered with worms. But the cast all give their characters more depth and shading than you'd expect: Walsh is particular noteworthy

as the foul-mouthed Cricket. Giutoli, stepping into Michael Rooker's boogeyman shoes, isn't as bone-chillingly creepy as his predecessor, but does a more than creditable job.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This eminently respectable follow-up to John McNaughton's shocker is a chilling exploration of miserable malaise that unfolds at the intersection of blue-collar despair and stone psychosis. Like the first HENRY, it opens with a grisly, deeply unsettling mo… (more)

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