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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep309 – HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER

Posted by Matt Smith on May 24, 2021 henry portrait of a serial killer - Who Goes There Podcast: Ep309 - HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER

Howdy there, you lewd, crude, piece of pre-chewed-food dude! We’re halfway through serial killer month, and much like BTS does with Youtube records, we’re KILLING!

Until now, things have been, how should I put this, a little tame. I know you’re simple, but when I think of serial killers, my mind goes to a really dark place. I’m talking the kind of place where all of your socks have holes and your coffee is full of grounds, I need my serial killers to have a bit of sleaze to them. Allow me to introduce you to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, the film that took an unknown Michael Rooker and turned him into a household alien.

Based on the “real” lives of serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole, Henry is a gritty glimpse into a depraved mind that will leave you needing a shower afterwards.

Artwork was once again done by the incredible Cal Gee. Go follow him on instagram. Also follow Matt on Twitch: @MattyDingDong

Punctuality is the thief of time, dear. And the thief of intelligence, it’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 309!

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13 Scary Horror Movies Based On True Stories / Real Life

Posted by Mike Sprague on May 8, 2021 13 Scary Movies Based on True Stories - 13 Scary Horror Movies Based On True Stories / Real Life

Can’t get enough scary horror movies? Me either. And what makes a movie scary? Like really scary? I’m thinking a big contributing factor is when it’s based on a true story. This not every time. But I think it helps. And it is with this in mind that we wanted to write up our list of 13 Scary Horror Movies Based On True Stories.

Check out the full list below!

Scary Horror Movies

The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door is a 2007 film directed by Gregory M. Wilson based on Jack Ketchum’s 1989 novel. It’s inspired by the real-life murder of Sylvia Likens. The producers dedicated the movie to her. It tells the tale of a teenage girl who suffers horrible abuse at the hands of her caretaker and some neighborhood boys.

Scary Horror Movies

The Sacrament

The Sacrament is a 2013 found-footage horror thriller film. Tie West wrote and directed. It centers on two VICE journalists who document their co-worker’s attempt to locate his sister after she joins a reclusive religious commune. The plot is based on the real-life events of the Jonestown Massacre of 1978.

Scary Horror Movies

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 1976 thriller. Charles B. Pierce directed and also produced from a script written by Earl E. Smith. The film is based on the 1946 Texarkana Moonlight Murders. The actual Phantom attacked eight people in or near the town of Texarkana, Texas, which is on the Texas border with Arkansas. As in the film, police never identified or caught the real killer.

Scary Horror Movies

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 supernatural legal drama. Scott Derrickson directed. The film is based on the story of Anna Elisabeth “Anneliese” Michel, a German woman who underwent 67 Catholic exorcism rites the year before her death of malnutrition. The film also follows a lawyer representing the priest accused of negligent homicide after her final exorcism.

Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky is a 1993 sci-fi mystery. Robert Lieberman directed from a script written by Tracy Tormé based on Travis Walton’s book The Walton Experience. It describes an extraterrestrial abduction in 1975. Five men were driving in a forest and also saw a mysterious light. One left the truck and disappeared. The other four reported the event but police suspected murder was behind the disappearance… Until the man reappeared five days later.

The Haunting In Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut is a 2009 supernatural horror film. Peter Cornwell directed based on Ray Garton’s In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting. The film is about Carmen Snedeker and her family as they move into a house (a former mortuary) and soon becomes haunted by supernatural forces occupying the house.

Scary Horror Movies

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 psychological horror film. John McNaughton directed based on real-life serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and also Ottis Toole. Michael Rooker gets out of prison following his mother’s murder. He begins a series of violent murders with Otis (Tom Towles). But as the depravity escalates, Henry forms a bond with Otis’ sister and things get out of hand.

Scary Horror Movies

The Conjuring

The Conjuring is a 2013 supernatural horror film. James Wan directed the script by Chad Hayes and also Carey W. Hayes. It stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren married paranormal investigators who assist the Perron family, who experienced disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971.

Scary Horror Movies

The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror is a 1979 supernatural horror film. Stuart Rosenberg directed based on Jay Anson’s 1977 book of the same name. The story is based on the alleged experiences of the Lutz family who bought a home in Amityville, NY. The home of an 18th-century satanist and the scene of a mass murder committed the year before.

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Veronica is a 2017 Spanish supernatural horror film. Paco Plaza directed based on true events from the 1991 Vallecas case. The case takes its name from the Madrid neighborhood where a young woman, Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro reportedly performed a seance at school. A nun broke her Ouija board, interrupting the ritual. She later experienced months of seizures and hallucinations, particularly of shadows and presences surrounding her.

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The Exorcist

The Exorcist is a 1973 supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel. It was inspired by the 1949 exorcism of a young boy known as “Roland Doe” or “Robbie Mannheim.” It was one of three exorcisms sanctioned in the US at that time. Friedkin accessed the diaries of the priests and also discussed the events with Doe’s aunt in great detail.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street was directed by Wes Craven. It was inspired by an incident in the 1970s with Hmong refugees, who, after fleeing to the US because of war and genocide in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, suffered disturbing nightmares. Some died in their sleep soon after. Medical authorities called the phenomenon Asian Death Syndrome. The condition afflicted men between 19-57.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was inspired by Ed Gein aka the Butcher of Plainfield. Gein’s crimes gathered notoriety in 1957 after authorities discovered he exhumed corpses from graves and also fashioned keepsakes from their bones and skin. Gein also confessed to killing tavern owner Mary Hogan in 1954 and hardware store owner Bernice Worden in 1957. Bonus: Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho was also based on Gein.

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Which scary horror movie based on a true story do you find the scariest?

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: December 6, 2016

Posted by Sean Brickley on December 6, 2016

Welcome back, fiends. As of this writing, between this week’s 18 releases and next week’s staggering 34 releases, December looks pretty good. Of course there are always bound to be some items that have an uncertainty to them. This week’s discrepancy is Late Night Double Feature, which I’ve seen slated for this week for a while, but found out this recently may have been available since November 22nd on some sites. Nonetheless, I am including it here in case you missed it then.

Our two biggest releases this week both reside in the Phantasm universe. This week sees the Phantasm: Remaster dropping on both Blu-ray and DVD. Now you can revisit Morningside Cemetery in a new high def transfer. Also coming at you this week on both formats is Phantasm: Ravager. The fifth installment in the series is also the last film from Angus Scrimm, more commonly known as The Tall Man.

1972’s Doomwatch is one of our other classics this week. This will be getting both the Blu-ray and the DVD treatment. Our last classic coming to Blu-ray this week is 1986’s Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer.

On a personal note, I watched the first season of “Scream Queens” and thoroughly enjoyed how ridiculous it was. I’ve also been actively following the second season and have to admit I was bummed when (SPOILER ALERT) Chad Radwell dies. In any case, I’m definitely picking the first season up this week on DVD.

There a bunch of other titles to check out below as well and don’t forget to check back next week for more items to deplete your bank accounts. As always, pleasant viewing.



MOVIES

Dead Rising: Endgame (2016)

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Starring:

Keegan Tracy, Jessica Harmon, Marie Avgeropoulos, Billy Zane, Jesse Metcalfe

Synopsis:

After narrowly escaping a zombie quarantine, Chase (Jesse Metcalfe) can’t shake the guilt of having left a trusted colleague behind. Now, as he heads back into the quarantine to expose the architects of the outbreak, he will uncover a secret more evil than he could have imagined. With mass annihilation looming, Chase—along with a group of dubious allies—slices, hacks and bludgeons his way through the zombie hordes that plague the abandoned city. Our heroes will have to confront their most gruesome nightmares in order to save millions of innocent lives, including their own. Also stars Dennis Haysbert, Billy Zane, Marie Avgeropoulos (“The 100”) and Keegan Connor Tracy (“Once Upon a Time”).

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The Devil’s Dolls (2016)

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Starring:

Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson

Synopsis:

A serial killer’s curse unleashes a season of slaughter in the backwoods of Mississippi.

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Doomwatch (1972)

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Starring:

Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson, John Paul, George Sanders, Percy Herbert

Synopsis:

A remote island village… A team of intrepid scientists… A terrifying secret… The mysterious island village of Balfe is experiencing unexplainable phenomena from grossly oversized sea-life to half-buried bodies in the dark woods to strange Neanderthal like men suffering from a rare disfiguring disease. Is this town afflicted by radioactive waste contaminating their water? Is there a vengeful mutant monster lurking in the woods? Or worse, are the townsfolk being punished by an act of God for their past sins? It is up to Dr. Del Shaw (Ian Bannen, The Offence) and the dedicated scientists at Doomwatch headquarters to discover the cause of these horrific mutations. Infuriating local villagers who cling to their secluded island’s survival, Dr. Shaw and local schoolteacher Victoria Brown (Judy Geeson, Fear in the Night) risk their lives to uncover the truth behind the strange happenings, no matter how frightening or dangerous it may be. Horror veteran, Peter Sasdy (Taste the Blood of Dracula, Countess Dracula, Hands of the Ripper) directed this haunting telltale based on the hit British TV show by Kit Pedler (“Doctor Who”) and Gerry Davis (“The Bionic Woman”).

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) (30th Anniversary)

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Starring:

Michael Rooker, Tom Towles

Synopsis:

Undeniably one of the most harrowing American films of the 20th century, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer hits Blu-ray with a restoration that cements its reputation as a shocking, thought-provoking nightmare-plunge into the depths of the human soul.

Henry, a psychopathic drifter who has left a trail of bodies in his wake, settles for a while at the dilapidated Chicago apartment of ex-prison mate Otis. Into this toxic environment comes Otis s younger sister Becky, who s fleeing an abusive marriage and looking for a place to stay. Deflecting her brother s incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry and sees him as a potential lover and herself as his possible savior. What she doesn t realize is that Otis and Henry are now killing together, sinking to ever more terrifying depths of depravity. As Becky tries to get her life back on track, she looks to Henry for a way out. But is redemption even possible for a man like Henry?

In celebration of the film s 30th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is proud to present Henry in a brand new 4K scan, restored from the 16mm original camera negative and approved by director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones, featuring a new 5.1 mix restoration from the stereo 35mm mag reels. Sure to send shivers of mortal dread through a whole new generation of filmgoers, this new presentation puts Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer firmly back into the vanguard of contemporary cinematic horror.

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I Am Legend (2007) (4K Ultra HD)

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Starring:

Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith

Synopsis:

Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague–the Infected–lurk in the shadows…watching Neville’s every move…waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered…and quickly running out of time.

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Jack Goes Home (2016)

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Starring:

Britt Robertson, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Rory Culkin, Daveigh Chase

Synopsis:

Jack is an educated and well-versed magazine editor living in Los Angeles. He is in his mid 20s, engaged and expecting his first child. Grappling with the natural release of his childhood and the promise of his forthcoming adulthood, he is hit hard by the news of his father’s death. In a violent and horrific car crash, his father has perished while his mother has survived. He returns to his hometown of Denver, Colorado to nurse his mother through her physical and emotional injuries. During his stay at home, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity. Jack’s journey to the truth is fueled by madness, sexuality, hauntings and violence.

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Late Night Double Feature (2016)

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Starring:

Jamie Elizabeth Sampson

Synopsis:

During a late night taping of Dr. Nasty’s Cavalcade of Horror, bloody chaos takes place while screening two features (Dinner for Monsters and Slit). Samantha/Nurse Nasty is frustrated with how the show is being run by its womanizing director and its drunk and crazy host, Dr. Nasty.

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Never Open The Door (2014)

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Starring:

Jessica Sonneborn, Kristina Page, George Troester, Deborah Venegas

Synopsis:

Three happy couples enjoy Thanksgiving in a cozy secluded cabin in the woods when they are suddenly interrupted by an unprecedented event that will forever change their lives. A stranger comes at the door, he is severely wounded and when they let him in, he throws up blood into’s Tess’ mouth, he then collapses on the floor and while specifically pointing at one of the friends, screams his last words before he dies: Never Open The Door. The group of friends dumbfounded start to panic. Tess inexplicably disappears. A killer is on the loose.

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Phantasm: Remaster (1979)

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Starring:

Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Terrie Kalbus

Synopsis:

Strange things are happening at the Morningside Cemetery. Jody Pearson (Bill Thornbury) attends the funeral of a recently departed friend. His younger brother, Mike (Michael Baldwin), watches the final rites and observes a tall mortician clad in black (Angus Scrimm) tossing the heavy, unburied coffin into a waiting hearse as if it were only a stick of kindling wood.

Determined to uncover the truth behind this unusual sight, Mike returns to the cemetery at night and breaks into the mortuary. There, he finds deadly, spectral creatures inhabiting the home’s embalming cellar and comes face-to-face with the sinister Tall Man. After barely managing to escape with his life, Mike enlists Jody and their close friend, Reggie (Reggie Bannister), to discover what is really happening at the Morningside Mortuary and the secrets of the living dead who dwell there.

Phantasm: Remastered showcases Jody, Mike, Reggie, the Tall Man and his hellish world as they ve never been seen before. For the first time in high-definition, follow the trio as they embark on what is to be a long, nightmarish journey to confront the Tall Man. Phantasm is the first of five unforgettable films from Don Coscarelli s iconic cult horror franchise.

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Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

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Starring:

Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin

Synopsis:

After battling with the Tall Man in Phantasm: Oblivion, a battered Reggie wanders through the desert in search of his missing friend, Mike. After recovering his 1971 Hemi Cuda, Reggie is targeted by two of the Tall Man s Sentinel Spheres and destroys them. He awakens suddenly to find himself sitting in a wheelchair pushed by none other than the elusive Mike! Although overjoyed by their reunion, Reggie is in this alternate dimension an aged and weary old patient in a psychiatric ward. And only he remembers their battled and bloodied past with the Tall Man.

Reggie must travel between dimensions and discern what is reality in order to confront the mysteries at the heart of a decades-long struggle against evil. He is met with new and familiar faces along the way, and an epic showdown on the Tall Man s home world awaits!

Phantasm: Ravager is the fifth installment of Don Coscarelli s cult classic, the Phantasm series. Multiple Emmy-nominated animation director David Hartman (Transformers Prime, My Friend S Tigger And Pooh, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers) is the first new director in the franchise s history. The entire original cast returns, including Reggie Bannister a veteran of all five films A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Kat Lester. Angus Scrimm takes up his iconic role as the terrifying Tall Man for the fifth and final time.

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The Possession Experiment (2016)

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Starring:

Bill Moseley, Rachel Faulkner, Dallas Taylor

Synopsis:

Brandon has always been drawn to the supernatural, so when asked to pick a topic to base his final world theology class project on, he decides to explore the dark world of exorcisms. Teamed up with three classmates, the group is lead to investigate a multiple homicide that they eventually discover was an exorcism gone horribly wrong. Brandon becomes obsessed with the event, and in a strange turn of events, decides the only way to research this topic is to undergo an exorcism himself.

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The Remains (2016)

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Starring:

Todd Lowe, Brooke Butler, Lisa Brenner

Synopsis:

After a family moves into an old Victorian home, they discover a malevolent spirit in the atttic. As the house slowly possesses each family member, the spirit grows stronger, hellbent on kidnapping the children.

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SiREN (2016)

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Starring:

Chase Williamson, Hannah Fierman, Justin Welborn, Randy McDowell

Synopsis:

SiREN is a horror-thriller about Jonah, an apprehensive groom-to-be whose bachelor party turns into a nightmare when he frees a seemingly innocent victimized girl locked up in a supernatural sex club. Her ruthless handler and proprietor of the sex club will stop at nothing to re-capture his prize. Jonah struggles to rescue the girl only to discover it is he who needs to be rescued as he comes to the realization that she is a dangerous fabled predator who has chosen him as her prize.

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Trash Fire (2016)

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Starring:

Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord

Synopsis:

When Owen is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit, and murder.

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The Unspoken (2016)

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Starring:

Jodelle Ferland, Neal McDonough, Sunny Suljic

Synopsis:

From the producer of Insidious and the executive producer of Paranormal Activity. In 1997 the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their home and no bodies were ever found. For years the house remained undisturbed…until now. When a mother and her troubled son move in, a local babysitter makes an unexpected connection with the boy, unlocking the dark secrets within the house.

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TELEVISION

“BrainDead” Season One

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Starring:

Tony Shalhoub, Aaron Tveit, Danny Pino, Mary Winstead

Synopsis:

When struggling documentary filmmaker Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) takes a job working with her brother, Senator Luke Healy (Danny Pino), she soon discovers there’s more to Washington than meets the eye. As tensions grow amongst political parties, so does a conspiracy involving alien bugs replacing the brains of several members of congress. The investigation unfolds while the infection spreads. Whatever’s happening, it’s clear this isn’t politics as usual.

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“Scream Queens” The Complete First Season

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Starring:

Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin

Synopsis:

The new anthology series revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders and is set in a sorority house.

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COLLECTIONS

The Werewolf Collection

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Starring:

Neve Campbell, Jaimz Woolvett, Erik Estrada, Stephen McHattie, James Best

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Henry to Celebrate 30th Anniversary at Home!

Posted by Steve Barton on November 1, 2016

A brand spanking new 30th Anniversary Edition of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is on its way to Blu-ray and we have all the details you need right here.

From the Press Release:
It was a true game-changer, a film so upsetting in its blunt depiction of an amoral murderer that it made the slasher films of its time look like cartoons by comparison. HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER became a lightning rod in heated debates about cinema and censorship but has only grown in stature since its first showing in 1986. Now, on the 30th anniversary of its momentous debut, it returns in a 4K restoration on digital platforms and Blu-ray on DECEMBER 6th, following a nationwide theatrical release.

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.

Director John McNaughton completed the film in 1986, and it was shown at that year’s Chicago International Film Festival. But it wasn’t until 1990 that a U.S. distributor was brave enough to give it a wide release. Henry predates the NC-17 rating and received its predecessor, the X rating, on three separate occasions. As a result of it and related issues with Almodovar’s “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down,” Phillip Kaufman’s “Henry & June” and Peter Greenaway’s “the Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” the MPAA created the NC-17 as its replacement on 9/26/1990. Henry’s current rating is “X (Surrendered)” though a renewed rating is pending. The film’s violence, and the clinical, detached portrayal of Henry by the unforgettable Michael Rooker, originally earned it the MPAA’s highly restrictive NC-17 rating.

The response from both critics and the public was as visceral as the film itself, and it went on to gain praise as one of the most compelling and disturbing films of modern cinema.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER returns with a thrilling, cinematic presentation that cements its reputation as one of the most harrowing and original American films of all time. Dark Sky Films, a division of MPI Media Group, proudly presents it in a brand-new 4K scan and restoration from the 16mm original camera negatives, and featuring a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels, all approved by director John McNaughton.

Special Features:

  • “In Defense of Henry: An Appreciation”
  • “Henry vs MPAA: A Visual History”
  • “Henry at the BBFC”
  • “It’s Either You or Them: An Interview with Artist Joe Coleman”
  • “In The Round: A Conversion with John McNaughton”
  • “Portrait: The Making of Henry”
  • Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
  • Feature Commentary with John McNaughton
  • Interview with John McNaughton, 1998
  • Trailer (original)
  • Trailer (30th anniversary)
  • Still Gallery
  • Storyboards
  • Reversible Sleeve featuring original Joe Coleman artwork

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Retrospective: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) – 30 Years of Pure Evil

Posted by Dave J. Wilson on October 11, 2016

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer inspired by the real life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas is a character study portrayal of the titular character. This true-life inspiration is based more on Lucas’ confessions and fantasies rather than the actual truth of the murders he was convicted for, as many of his confessions were false. The Henry here is the protagonist as the story is seen entirely from his point of view but he just so happens to be a serial killer; this is a slice of life depiction of a week in the life of a psychopath.

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The directorial feature debut of John McNaughton co-writing the screenplay with Richard Fire and filmed over just 28 days on 16 mm is shot in a gritty realistic docu-drama style. Director of photography Charlie Lieberman employs a flat rigid framing helping to generate this look and feel of realism. This is perfectly supplemented by the powerfully ominous score composed by the trio of Ken Hale, Steven A. Jones and Robert McNaughton.

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, Michael Rooker, 1986

The opening scenes of the film include a montage of grisly shots showing us the dead bodies of five people. The first shot is of the body of a young woman posed in the exact same position as one of the victims in a case in which Henry Lee Lucas was a chief suspect. These shots represents a portfolio of the Henry here as if he were an artist as they are intercut with the scenes introducing us to this character as he goes about his day. He finishes breakfast in a cafe, takes a drive and spots a potential female victim, follows her home and deciding to leave it for now he then picks up a hitchhiker carrying a guitar… we only see the guitar again.

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Over the course of the entire proceedings, McNaughton does not include one law enforcement officer on screen. This contributes to the presentation of a bleak, harsh and cruel world a seemingly lawless one stripping us of any comforts we might feel. The viewer is subjected to the sole company of Henry (Michael Rooker) and his partner in his murderous crimes Otis (the late Tom Towles) as they roam freely in Chicago to murder whomever they want in the most gruesome of ways.

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Rooker plays Henry with a grim determination. His performance is wholly convincing – chilling, intense and truly unforgettable. It is one of the most terrifying performances ever committed to celluloid. In what is a disturbing graphically violent movie, McNaughton and Fire sprinkle throughout subtle touches of dark humour. Henry’s roommate Otis is the funny man to his straight man presented in a darkly humorous manner providing some black as coal comedic relief in an otherwise downbeat affair full of hopelessness. Towles’ role as Otis is extremely effective in this respect largely due to his background in improvisational comedy. Tracy Arnold as Otis’ younger sister Becky who is staying with them in their apartment turns in a solid performance as a tragic figure. Her character has led a life of nothing but misery drawing our sympathies, as she remains here well and truly luckless.

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The Henry here does share many similarities with the real life Henry Lee Lucas. Like this Henry, Lucas’ mother was abusive and a prostitute who would dress him up in girls’ clothes and forced him to watch her have sex with her clients. His father was a truck driver who was struck by a freight train and lost both of his legs. The character in the film tells Becky the same story. The real Henry killed his mother and spent several years in prison. The character based on him makes the same claim but there is a great deal of uncertainty whether he did it or not due to the contradicting account of how he committed the murder. Like the real life Henry, he is a compulsive liar.

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As here, Henry Lee Lucas became friends in prison with drifter and male prostitute Ottis Toole and they went on to become roommates when released. Although, the name given here is Otis. Lucas was also a paedophile who had a sexual relationship with Toole’s 12-year-old niece Frieda Powell who lived with them for many years. Frieda preferred the name Becky. Obviously though the portrayal here has Becky as Otis’ sister and as a fully-grown woman. Another noticeable difference is that due to the psychological damage inflicted by his mother Henry goes into fits of rage when he sees sexual acts performed in front of him. However, the real life Henry was a rapist.

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In a pivotal scene emphasising that the title character is indeed the protagonist, a rude backstreet TV salesman insults Henry and Otis when they are looking for a new television set. We know by this point they are murderers and there is this detestable character antagonizing them and we are just waiting for him to get his comeuppance. More so, we really want it to happen as the director forces us to relate to the evil doers. We have all been there experiencing confrontations with ignorant pricks like this in the stresses of our day-to-day lives and hope karma comes back to bite them. Here we get to see our fantasies lived out. The scene is also played out humorously to help us enjoy this violence as cinematic entertainment. John McNaughton cleverly flips the script, as just in a previous scene we were sickened when Henry dispatches two prostitutes with brutal efficiency.

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In another pivotal scene juxtaposed to this is the family massacre; one of the most prolonged, intense and harrowing examples of what evil humans are capable of doing that I have ever experienced in cinema. The previous scene depicted violence as entertainment but here we have the grim reality of it again. Henry and Otis shoot their heinous crime on a video camera they took from the TV salesman. They play back the tape on the television in their apartment watching it as if it were home entertainment. When Lieberman’s camera leaves the close-up of the atrocities we are witnessing on the screen of their TV set to reveal Henry and Otis viewing their despicable handiwork it is as if we are watching it right there with them participating in their entertainment but it is no longer fun. It is a hideous act making for an excruciatingly uncomfortable moment.

McNaughton flips the script once again from getting us to enjoy violence to then subjecting us to more but this is impossible for us to take pleasure in. However, due to the way he has filmed this sequence we are still the voyeurs sitting right alongside Henry and Otis while they are taking pleasure in their own abominable entertainment. The director is challenging us to ask ourselves what we are willing to accept for cinematic violence as entertainment.

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This is far more frightening than any aliens, ghosts, slashers, zombies and demonic monsters in the horror genre, as you are never going to have a run in with these. That is purely fictional entertainment. There is no fantasy here just the fact that the real world is not a nice place and there could well be a sociopathic stranger waiting around the corner for you as their next victim. As one of the taglines says, “He’s not Freddy. He’s not Jason. He’s real.” This is most definitely about a monster but a human monster – a cold-blooded killer. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer remains just as much as a potently repugnant depiction of pure evil today as it did thirty years ago that forces us to look at the way we view screen violence.

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Getting 30th Anniversary 4K Restoration

Posted by John Squires on August 26, 2016

One of the most disturbing horror films ever made, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and Dark Sky Films is going all out for the occasion. The film will receive a red-carpet premiere followed by a theatrical re-release in 20 cities beginning October 21st, and we’ve got all the details!

From the Press Release:
It was a true game-changer, a film so upsetting in its blunt depiction of an amoral murderer that it made the slasher films of its time look like cartoons by comparison. HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER became a lightning rod in heated debates about cinema and censorship but has only grown in stature since its first showing in 1986. Now, on the 30th anniversary of its momentous debut, it returns in a 4K restoration re-release nationwide via Dark Sky Films, with major theatrical engagements to begin on October 21, 2016.

The film will come “home” on October 14, 2016, as Dark Sky partners with the Chicago International Film Festival for a large-scale event including a festival red-carpet premiere and a Q&A with star Michael Rooker and director John McNaughton in attendance.

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, is  continuing their murderous rampage.

Director John McNaughton completed the film in 1986, and it was shown at that year’s Chicago International Film Festival. But it wasn’t until 1990 that a U.S. distributor was brave enough to give it a wide release. Henry predates the NC-17 rating and received its predecessor, the X rating, on three separate occasions. As a result of it and related issues with Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, Phillip Kaufman’s Henry & June, and Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, the MPAA created the NC-17 as its replacement on 9/26/1990. Henry’s current rating is “X (Surrendered)” though a renewed rating is pending. The film’s violence, and the clinical, detached portrayal of Henry by the unforgettable Michael Rooker, originally earned it the MPAA’s highly restrictive NC-17 rating.

The response from both critics and the public was as visceral as the film itself, and it went on to gain praise as one of the most compelling and disturbing films of modern cinema.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER returns with a thrilling, cinematic presentation that cements its reputation as one of the most harrowing and original American films of all time. Dark Sky Films, a division of MPI Media Group, proudly presents it in a brand-new 4K scan and restoration from the 16mm original camera negatives and featuring a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels, all approved by director John McNaughton.

HENRY opens in New York on October 21; McNaughton will attend the film’s New York premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, and on October 28 McNaughton will present it at the Laemmle NoHo in Los Angeles.

A whole new generation of filmgoers will be introduced to HENRY with an amazing new transfer that puts the film firmly back into the vanguard of contemporary cinematic horror. Daniel M. Kimmel of Variety wrote, “[T]his is a movie that will anger and frighten audiences … Many will also find this one of the most impressive film debuts of the ’80s.”

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Alexandre Aja Curates a Horror Collection for Shudder

Posted by Debi Moore on March 18, 2016

Last month The Witch director Robert Eggers kicked off Shudder’s “curated” collection of horror films hand-picked by some of the genre’s brightest rising stars, and this month it’s French filmmaker Alexandre Aja’s turn.  Read on for the details!

From the Press Release:
Shudder, the diabolical horror streaming service backed by AMC Networks, continues to expand its offerings for horror fans. As part of Shudder’s guest curator initiative, director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes [2006], Piranha 3D) has created a collection of his top five horror films, now live on the Shudder platform.

Aja’s collection is the second part of Shudder’s guest curator program, which kicked off last month with a collection by director/writer Robert Eggers (The Witch). Each guest curator carefully selects his/her top five horror films based on personal taste and impact on the genre. Shudder plans to continue the program on a monthly basis with collections from new guest curators.

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Shudder houses a variety of films that span all decades and sub-genres of horror in detailed collections created by lead curators Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman. The full collection by Alexandre Aja, now available on Shudder, is detailed below (with comments from the filmmaker):

AUDITION
“This film is slow burning storytelling, like climbing up the Everest of horror. It’s the most unnerving Takashi Miike movie, deeply sensual and bloody disturbing. This feminist revenge story is every man’s nightmare and fantasy as well. If you can stomach it, she will move you and stay with you long after the end credits roll, making Fatal Attraction feel like a ‘Teletubbies’ episode.”

TETSUO
“Growing up on Akira, Tetsuo was – for me – the perfect development of man’s evolution into machine, or how the industrial world we are living in might ultimately consume us. This Cronenbergian hallucination is graphic, fetishist, expressionist, and a beautiful black and white journey. Somehow – it’s like the Japanese Eraserhead. Definitely cult!”

ANTICHRIST
“It’s been a long time since I had to stop watching a movie because it was too intense! The imagery is so haunting, every frame of that forest is a cinematic painting. The darkness of love stories and human relationships challenge the audience by taking them in the most remote and dark places of our own nature. The film is a provocative experience like a question mark burnt on your skin.”

ROOM 237
“Extreme, conspiratorial, funny – most of the crazy theories might be just pure fiction in this ode documentary, but it’s so exciting to milk the fantasy of the almighty Stanley around the making of The Shining. The idealistic vision of the ultimate filmmaker’s ability to layer subtext, hidden messages in every frame of one of the best movies ever made!”

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
“The most honest attempt of depicting serial killers. No artifice. Nothing about the deaths themselves. No fear or suspense. Just the casual build-up and the cold aftermath. An immersion into the inconceivable mind of killers, and the performance by Michael Rooker is unforgettable.”

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Controversy in Horror: 10 Movies that Shocked the World

Posted by Matt Molgaard on December 11, 2015

Given the primitive side of man, controversial films have and always will appeal to certain movie fanatics. The taboo and terrifying angles of celluloid will always call to those who crave something edgy… something that we’re not supposed to see. That’s curiosity. That’s human nature. That’s the small slice of monster in all of us, crawling to the surface, eager to catch a breath.

It’s also the reason the following 10 films have and may – perhaps – always harvest a different kind of attention. These are the movies that redefine the very thought of the forbidden.  These are the movies that force us to question our own decency. These are the films so shocking that we’ll never, ever stop talking about them.

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Nekromantik: Necrophilia far surpasses taboo. It’s downright disgusting. Jörg Buttgereit’s disturbing film Nekromantik tackled the topic head on and as a result was immediately banned in more than a single country. The idea of getting frisky with a cold corpse will always send shivers down the spine, which means Nekromantik will never sit comfortably with viewers, though it will always occupy space on the shelves of certain collectors. Nekromatik isn’t a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it is magnetic in its willingness to push the boundaries of morality.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: The most terrifying and unsettling aspect of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is the gritty realism of the flick. It almost feels like a found footage film, it’s so straightforward while completely encrusted. Watching Henry (Michael Rooker) saw away at an expired body invokes genuine chills. The performances and the script in particular – which never hams up the content – instill a sense of disgust. With disgust often comes curiosity, and Henry spawns no shortage of that. This one is the proverbial car crash that demands a gawking session; it’s hard to turn your head to this visceral violence.

Peeping Tom: Peeping Tom damn near murdered director Michael Powell’s career. Although it has gone on to be recognized as a masterpiece of British cinema, it wasn’t exactly embraced upon arrival in 1960. In fact, the flick’s excessive violence (by 1960 standards) had critics and fans turning from the screen in revulsion. The truth is, this is one of the more compelling films to be included in this list, as it delivers both physical and psychological jolts in abundance and plays out as a major piece of foreshadowing, as we’ve now seen similar ideas become something of a trend over the last few decades. While it’s acknowledged as a strong slice of cinema today, it’s easy to understand why this one had audiences revolted some 55 years ago.


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Rest in Peace: Tom Towles

Posted by Steve Barton on April 5, 2015

Some truly sad news has hit the wire as Rob Zombie announced via Facebook that he’s just gotten word that incredible character actor Tom Towles has passed on at the all too young age of 65.

No other details are available at the moment, and when they are we will get them to you. Best known to most horror fans as Otis in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Harry Cooper in Tom Savini’s Night of the Living Dead remake, Towles worked with Zombie several times over the years and his appearances include Zombie’s Halloween, The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses and more.

Stay tuned for more on this tragic news as we get it. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s friends, family, and constituents.  Rest in peace, sir. Thank you for all the wonderful chills.

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The Top 11 Movie Serial Killers

Posted by Doctor Gash on February 10, 2013

Serial killers have long been the stuff of which nightmares are made. The serial killer sub-genre of horror has brought us some amazingly memorable characters that still haunt us to this day. On February 19th Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring us a new name in fear with The Factory.

Starring John Cusack and Jennifer Carpenter as detectives tracking a murderer, The Factory is set in the bitter cold of a Buffalo winter. A great place to hunt a hunter. And to celebrate the release of this newest addition to the sub-genre, we've compiled a list of the Top 11 Movie Serial Killers.

There is certainly a long list of names to choose from, but we narrowed the field a bit by limiting it to those who were just regular human people. No supernatural involvement here, just a person or group of people who've gone off the deep end and made hunting and killing others their main hobby. Not exactly the bunch you want to have over to the house for drinks and a rousing game of Scattergories.

We'll start the honorable mentions out with a couple of newer faces. Perhaps one of the more popular serial killers right now, whose story is currently unraveling before us, is Joe Carroll, the mastermind behind all the deviousness going on in "The Following." And we've also got to throw a little love to Vincent D'Onofrio for his outstanding work as the killer simply known as "Bob" in 2012's Chained.

But we mustn't forget some of our old favorites. Dee Snider's Captain Howdy in Strangeland was nothing if not unique. And as original stories go, Leslie Vernon's tale in Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is as original as they come. Billy Loomis and his sidekick, Stu Macher, were genre-revivingly brilliant in Scream. And Kurt Russell brought a whole new meaning to "hell on wheels" and was a completely new style of hunter with the most unlikely weapon you'd ever expect as Stuntman Mike in Death Proof. Just missing the Top 11 was the incredibly creepy, unnamed and basically unseen (aside from a disturbing eyeball shot) killer from 1974's Black Christmas; the man that taught us never to pick up anyone walking along the side of the road in The Hitcher, John Ryder; and a man just trying to instill love of life in his victims, John Kramer (a.k.a. Jigsaw) of the Saw franchise.

And now we give you...

The Top 11 Movie Serial Killers

Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
Inspired by one of the most disturbing books you'll ever read, written by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho hit the big screen with huge anticipation from fans. Just how were the filmmakers going to recreate some of the unspeakable atrocities committed by Patrick Bateman, the featured psycho in the book? Before emaciating himself for The Machinist or bulking up for Batman, Christian Bale was thrilling audiences as one of the most unique and charming serial killers we've ever seen. Bale creates the ultimate anti-hero with his portrayal of Bateman, a character that horror fans hold close to their heart even to this day, nearly 15 years after American Psycho was released and challenged us to believe that anyone is capable of anything…especially a guy specializing in "murders and executions, mostly."

John Doe (Seven)
Nearly 10 years before Jigsaw started his murderous masterpiece, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman played detectives chasing down Kevin Spacey as a serial killer with a very plain name but a very ambitious plan. In Seven Spacey's John Doe made it his business to execute seven unfortunate souls who were guilty of breaking the seven deadly sins: sloth, greed, gluttony... oh, what am I doing? If you're reading this site, you know what the seven deadly sins are. You've probably broken a handful of them yourself. Like Jigsaw, John Doe's intricate pre-planning and execution of that plan were the most impressive parts of the character. And the climax of Seven, John Doe's swan song, is one of the most tense, memorable and shocking you'll find in film.

Dexter Morgan ("Dexter")
Although not found in a movie, there is simply no way Dexter Morgan doesn't make this list. Television's darling serial killer has been enamoring viewing audiences for seven seasons while he and his dark passenger face one adventure after another. All this while Dex still manages to do a bang-up job as a blood spatter expert for Miami Metro. Michael C. Hall is absolutely perfect in the role that, after so many episodes, it seems he was born to play. We've been with Dex through marriage and the birth of his child, seen his mother murdered and watched the spirit of his adopted father guide him through each and every crossroad in his life. Our familiarity with him, and Dexter's charisma and charm, has made him one of the most beloved characters on television. Not to mention the fact that he sets up one helluva kill room.

Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
Oftentimes we'll see serial killers set on their murderous rampages by an egregious wrongdoing. That could not be more true than in the case of Sweeney Todd, or Benjamin Barker as he was known before that nasty ol' Judge Turpin stuck it right up his can, stealing his wife and setting him out to sea to die. Barker was a mild-mannered barber before being set on a path of vengeance. Most recently represented by Johnny Depp in the 2007 version of the story directed by Tim Burton, Sweeeny Todd actually has quite the history, with the original tale being told in a 1936 film, although the Burton/Depp tale much more resembles the 1979 Steven Sondheim musical. Todd disposes of unwanted men in his barber chair (which is advantageously positioned over a trap door), and his literal partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett (played in '07 by Helena Bonham Carter and by Angela Lansbury in the musical) grinds the bodies up and makes meat pies out of them. Which, surprisingly, the people of London circa 1846 can't get enough of. As will often happen, the murders get out of control, and things end up going horribly wrong for Todd in this musical tragedy. But a beautiful tale it is.

Curt Duncan (When A Stranger Calls)
Although we're not privy to much of his past, one has to assume that anyone as creepy as Curt Duncan, who was shipped off to the asylum for literally ripping children apart with his bare hands, had to have a trail of bodies in his wake. Duncan was portrayed by Tony Beckley in When A Stranger Calls; however, while playing the role, Beckley was terminally ill and died in 1980, shortly after the film was completed. Although the killer is not even seen in the iconic opening 20 minutes of the movie outside of a shadow, we find there is just something off-putting about him as we get to know him throughout the rest of the picture. We know the brutality he's capable of, and when we watch him try to blend into society after his escape from custody, we see just how unsettling he can be. Curt Duncan simply makes the viewers uncomfortable. He's the kind of guy that makes your skin crawl, and isn't that the goal? Not to mention he scores huge points for helping make the line "Have you checked the children?" legendary.

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The Firefly Clan (House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects)
The number of bodies they may have piled up is unknown, but it's certain that The Firefly Clan had been in business long before we originally meet them in House of 1000 Corpses. With Otis B. Driftwood, Captain Spaulding and Baby as the main members, the group is fleshed out by the likes of Mama Firefly, Grandpa, Tiny and Rufus. They are as handsome as they are merciful and turn out to be a very amusing group. Sid Haig's Captain Spaulding provides comic relief for the films, but he shows he can be just as dangerous as Bill Moseley's deviously deviant Otis. Mama Firefly brings her own matriarchal qualities to the table as well. And Baby? The most beautiful butcher you'll ever lay your eyes on. And btw, the trailer below was done by Universal Pictures when they were going to distribute the film, long before it ended up at Lionsgate's door.

Mickey and Mallory Knox (Natural Born Killers)
They embarked on a murderous rampage that thrilled the nation, making them celebrities. Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis play the loving couple who perfectly dramatize society's love of danger. Serial killers have long been made into celebrities in society, and with the flash and charisma of Mickey and Mallory, it was no surprise they hit superstardom. With a script penned by Quentin Tarantino and with Oliver Stone at the helm, Natural Born Killers was a can't miss venture. Harrelson and Lewis could not have been better in roles that would go on to become legendary, and colorful characters brought to life by Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Madsen and Robert Downey, Jr., assisted in providing the perfect atmosphere for Mickey and Mallory to thrive.

Norman Bates (Psycho)
One of the original, and still most disturbing, serial killers in the history of American film, Norman Bates set the bar for all cinematic depravity to follow in Alfred Hitchcock's iconic 1960 film Psycho. Norman had the perfect serial killer setup. He never had to go out and skulk around in the dark. The victims came right to him. He even had that handy-dandy peephole so he could scope out the merchandise before buying. Seriously, though, Norman Bates was such a deranged serial killer that his story became legendary. Psycho eventually spawned some sequels that looked to add to the tale, but the entire story was told when Mrs. Bates was revealed in the cellar before a frocked Norman could add to his body total. A simply unforgettable killer.

The Sawyer Clan (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre)
Everything's bigger in Texas? You're damn right! Sometimes things are done better by a group, and that was certainly the case with The Sawyer Clan in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Sure, Leatherface got all the love, but we've got to remember that it was The Hitchhiker that initially found the five kids in the big blue van. And it was The Cook that brought poor Sally Hardesty back for her dinner date with the Sawyers. So even though it was Leatherface's hulking form and chainsaw handiwork that audiences took away from the film, the serial killing in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was certainly a team effort. And, of course, after losing The Hitchhiker at the end of the film, they replaced him with an even more entertaining member when Bill Moseley's Chop-Top returned from Vietnam for Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 12 years later. You wouldn't want to see the Sawyers moving into the vacant house next to yours, but they do make one efficient team of serial killers. The saw is family.

Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
Anthony Hopkins brought a monster to life with his portrayal of Dr. Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs and its sequels. It was the fact that Lecter was so smart, so far ahead of the game, that made him so terrifying, even when incarcerated. But it wasn't until his escape from custody that we really saw just how vicious Lecter really could be. Sure, we saw him talk ol' Miggs into swallowing his own tongue, but it was the escape where we really saw Lecter at work. A slash, slash here and a slash, slash there; and the next thing you know, the good doctor was being carried to an ambulance with someone else's face on, and off to freedom he went. The sequels also carried on with author Thomas Harris' vision of Lecter, insanely intelligent and brutally violent. The combination of the two make for one the most dangerous serial killers ever.

Henry (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer)
Long before he was the foul-mouthed bigot Merle Dixon we've all come to love on "The Walking Dead," Michael Rooker portrayed one of the most realistic serial killers we've even seen. Rooker played Henry, a nomadic drifter based loosely on real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. The film was the definition of gritty, realistic and downright chilling. Henry's remorselessness and robotic persona were the most frightening things about him. He killed randomly and without emotion, and what could be more frightening than that…a killer who will simply pick anyone out of a crowd, murder him or her, and then sleep tight at night without a second thought of his heinous act. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is one of the most realistic and acerbic looks into the mind of a killer we've ever had the pleasure to experience. It's a docu-drama made long before the style became in vogue, and it worked perfectly in this case. A voyeuristic journey into madness.

About The Factory
A Dark Castle Entertainment production, The Factory stars John Cusack (The Raven, 2012, Identity), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Mae Whitman (“Parenthood,” “Arrested Development,” Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Dallas Roberts (“Supernova”), Sonya Walger (“Lost”) and Mageina Tovah (“Joan of Arcadia,” Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3). It's directed by Morgan O’Neil (Drift, Solo) from a screenplay by O’Neil & Paul A. Leydon (Tatua) and is produced by Joel Silver (The Matrix trilogy), Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and David Gambino (Whiteout, The Brave One).

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