Controversial horror classic Henry: Portrait of Serial Killer gets 4K restoration Blu-ray release
Hot on the heels of its limited 30th anniversary theatrical run, the stunning 4K restoration of John McNaughton’s sorta-true 1986 crime drama Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is coming to digital platforms and Blu-ray on December 6 courtesy of Dark Sky/MPI. Do you dare bring Henry home?
The notorious psychodrama was so shocking to the MPAA, they literally did not want you to see it. Because of this, the film was hotly debated and the controversial ratings board were endlessly taken to task about their attacks on a movie that, while monumentally disturbing, really reveals very little on-screen gore. The film got an X and it took four years before it found a distributor bold enough to release it.
Henry is loosely based on a true story and charts the adventures of the titular heavy (Michael Rooker, Merle in The Walking Dead), 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 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.
Have you seen this unflinching horror masterpiece? Are you planning on adding it to your Blu-ray collection?