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See Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer in 4k on the Big Screen!

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Perfect for the Halloween season, a genre-bending classic is coming back to the big screen this October! Dark Sky Films is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer by rereleasing the film in a limited run in theaters starting October 21, 2016. Read on to find out more about this exciting event!

Henry first premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1986, but did not receive distribution until 1990 due to its X-rating by the MPAA. This film, along with several others, is what forced the creation of the NC-17 rating for non-pornographic films that were for adults only. Henry, which still holds the X-rating, is considered one of the most disturbing films ever made for its cold and all-too-real representation of the life and mind of a serial killer.


The movie will make its return to the Chicago International Film Festival on October 14 of this year. This is a “large-scale event” with a red carpet, and also a very special Q&A with star Michael Rooker and director John McNaughton. From there, the film will have its limited theatrical run premiere in New York at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, also with McNaughton in attendance, on October 21. It will start screening in cities across the country from that day until November 20, sometimes for just one day. Click here for a complete list of screening dates and locations.

The film has been lovingly restored in 4k from the original 16mm camera negatives, and also has a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels, all approved by McNaughton. If you live in or around one of these cities, head to the theater this Halloween to experience one of genre’s most unforgettable movies like you’ve never seen it before.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a chilling profile of a cold-blooded killer that, 30 years after its historic festival premiere, has lost none of its power to shock. The film, loosely based on a true story, has been hailed as one of the most disturbing and terrifying examinations of mass murderers ever filmed. Henry (Michael Rooker, The Walking Dead) is a psychopathic drifter who has coldly murdered a number of people for no particular reason and without any remorse. Leaving bodies in his wake, Henry makes his way to Chicago, where his he settles into the run-down apartment of his drug-dealing former prison friend and occasional roommate Otis (Tom Towles). Also moving into the space is Otis’s younger sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), who is fleeing her abusive husband. As she fends off her brother’s incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry – unaware that he, along with Otis, are continuing their murderous rampage.”
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Written by Michele Eggen
In addition to contributing to Wicked Horror, Michele Eggen has been writing about all things horror at her blog, The Girl Who Loves Horror, since 2010. She loves anything having to do with ghosts or the supernatural realm. Her favorite films are Poltergeist and Child's Play.
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