“HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER” to receive 4K restoration, theatrical re-release!


Whenever horrorheads talk about the most screwed-up and unsettling terror titles, one can trust that HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER lands somewhere in that conversation. John McNaughton’s loose retelling of Henry Lee Lucas & Ottis Toole’s killing spree not only launched Michael Rooker’s career as a genre icon, but shocked critics and audiences alike thirty years ago. And to ring in the anniversary this Halloween season, Dark Sky Films will be re-releasing this serial killer thriller in select theaters nationwide, complete with a brand new 4K restoration!

For those who have yet to catch this brilliant yet brutal horror offering, here’s the official synopsis and re-release poster…

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) 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.

Henry Theatrical Poster

Complete with a 4K scan, digital restoration from the original X-rated 16mm camera negatives, McNaughton personally approved this new transfer and re-release, including a brand new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels. This limited-time re-release will kick off on October 14th at the Chicago International Film Festival, where the film will screen accompanied with a red-carpet premiere and a Q&A with both Rooker and McNaughton in attendance. Theatrical engagements will begin a week later on October 21st at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Cinema (with McNaughton in attendance for the premiere), followed by the Laemmle NoHo in Los Angeles on October 28th. Stay tuned for more cities, dates, and home media plans for this re-release of HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER here at FANGORIA.com!


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Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

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