John McNaughton’s “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” about the nomadic killer Henry and his murderous exploits, based on the real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, made its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1986. It then traveled the festival circuit throughout the late 80s, including Telluride and Boston, where it garnered acclaim and controversy from critics, distributors, and the public for its graphic violence and nihilistic tone. Finally, in 1990, Greycat Films picked it up for limited release and it entered theaters unrated, as opposed to the MPPA’s X rating, which was usually saved only for pornographic films. Now for its 30th anniversary, Dark Sky Films will release a 4K restoration of the film that will open in theaters nationwide. Watch an exclusive clip from the restored film below.
John McNaughton went on to direct the films “Mad Dog and Glory” and “Wild Things,” the documentary “Condo Paintings,” and episodes of “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Master of Horror,” and “John From Cincinnati.” The film’s star Michael Rooker has had a successful career in film and television, including a recent stint on “The Walking Dead” and a turn as Yondu in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The 4K restoration of “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” had its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival last Friday, October 14. It will have its New York premiere on October 21 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema followed by its Los Angeles premiere on October 28 at the Laemmle NoHo. It will then open in 20 centuries across the nation; for a complete list of cities and dates, visit the Dark Sky Films website.