The Greatest Horror Movie Moments!
by: -RoG-

Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is just about as visceral as it gets when it comes to horror movies. While the majority of films in the genre allow you to suspend your disbelief, Henry shoves a cold dosage of reality right down your throat in a most unsettling manner. It's not a long film and it only had a budget of roughly $100,000... but it accomplishes more with that short amount of time and small budget than most big horror franchise films could hope to do.

Loosely based on the story of real-life murderer, Henry Lee Lucas, the film hits close to home with its gritty camera work and Michael Rooker's impressive film debut as the leading man... er... psycho. Henry is a serial killer who basically indulges in his bloodthirsty impulses at will and then moves on to another town. He does this because he knows exactly how the police think. "If you shoot someone in the head with a .45 every time you kill somebody, it becomes like your fingerprint, see? But if you strangle one, stab another, and one you cut up, and one you don't, then the police don't know what to do. They think you're four different people. What they really want, what makes their job so much easier, is pattern. What they call a modus operandi."

He eventually meets up with Otis, a loser who he met in prison, and after moving into an apartment together, they start killing people. That brings us to my favorite scene in the movie...

Even serial killers need a good TV

Aside from the murdering, Henry and Otis leave extraordinarily dull lives. One night, Otis is sitting around the house, drinking beer and trying to watch TV, but his set is getting bad reception. He smacks it a few times, but when that doesn't work, he kicks the screen and busts it. Yeah, in case you hadn't guessed, Otis isn't exactly the brightest guy. That should come as no surprise though, since "Otis" isn't exactly a name that's typically assigned to the greatest thinkers of our time.

After he argues with Otis about the TV set, Henry shows us that he's the one who knows how to solve life's little problems such as this one. "Let's go shopping."

I guess they didn't have a Best Buy nearby

No, this isn't Best Buy, Radio Shack or any other major electronics retailer. I don't think the place even has a name, but if it did, it would be something like "Angry Fat Guy's Warehouse Of Wonder And Stolen Goods". Not exactly the kind of place you'll get a good warranty at, if you catch my drift.

You really shouldn't talk back like that... not to a psychopath at least.

Henry and Otis talk to him for a while about what TV sets he has for sale, and after he's done giving his whole sarcastically insulting sales pitch, they decide to go with the cheapest $50 set he has. This, of course, pisses off our portly fence friend, and he starts bitching at them for wasting his time. "What's the matter, you got shit in your ears? Don't give me sorry, you dumb ass! Did I stutter? Gimme the $50 and get out!" That's just bad customer service if you ask me. You know that saying about the customer is always right? Well, Henry is a customer, and boy oh boy is he gonna show this guy just how wrong he was for insulting him.

This is what happens when you steal cable!

First, Henry grabs a soldering iron and jabs it into the guy's hand, and then repeatedly stabs him in the chest with it while Otis holds him down. When he tires of that, Henry picks up the TV and smashes it directly onto his head. So if you happen to be in sales and you get the urge to yell at one of your customers, make sure said customer isn't a serial killer.

Oh wait, you thought they were done with the guy? Nopers! To finish the job, Henry instructs the always obedient Otis to plug the set in and we quickly learn why television sets never became a fashionable form of headwear...

Introducing TV Hats! The hip new fashion trend that's sweeping the nation!

Remember when mom told you about how watching TV too close would fry your brain? Turns out she was right.

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Reader Comments

Fucking Finland
Sep 8th, 2008, 04:33 AM
I was about to send a PM asking when would the grab bag come back, but no need to anymore. Halloween is my favorite even on these forums.

Is it just me, or is it rare to see a fat person being stabbed to death in horror movie? This is one of the few scenes I've seen where fatty gets stabbed, even though the guy is finished off with a tv.
That damn kid
Sep 8th, 2008, 06:31 AM
Woah that looks awesome. I'm always so happy to see assholes die in movies.
Jack Burton, Me!
Sep 8th, 2008, 11:45 AM
I found this movie once on VHS at a Zellers, but it was in french. HENRI!!
Sep 8th, 2008, 12:15 PM
Luca Brasi was also sort of fat and also got his hand stabbed like that. You can say that this guy is now having a sweet dream while sleeping with the fishes.
Sep 8th, 2008, 12:27 PM
This movie looks cool, iŽll watch it this weekend.
Commarade General
Sep 8th, 2008, 12:44 PM
Interesting. And I thought the deaths on Final Destination 2 where very gory and staged. But death by a TV, that has to be a first in cinema.

By the way, I think you should mention the Death by... hamster? from 3 Dev Adam. Yeah, I know that movie is as scary as a mittened kitten, but, c'mon, to kill someone with a roedent in a tube? That has to take a lot of careful planning and it has to be scary as hell.

Forum Virgin
Sep 8th, 2008, 02:32 PM
What a great movie. The production value of it just adds to the creepyness of it. Great ending too.
The Power of Grayskull
Sep 8th, 2008, 06:17 PM
To go off Rankeri's point, for some reason, I always found it more "real" and unsettling when a fat guy gets stabbed repeatedly in a film as opposed to a thin person. I wonder why that is.
frappez le cochon rouge
Sep 8th, 2008, 07:53 PM
Henry Lee Lucas was only confirmed to have killed one person, his shit-house crazy mother.

He's confessed to countless others, a lot of which have been proven false.

Still a kickass movie, though.
Sep 8th, 2008, 08:31 PM
I just added all the movie moments I haven't seen to my netflix queue and the ones i've see (that i don't own) to my wishlist
Sep 8th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Originally Posted by Pandajuice View Post
To go off Rankeri's point, for some reason, I always found it more "real" and unsettling when a fat guy gets stabbed repeatedly in a film as opposed to a thin person. I wonder why that is.

More to stab.
Sympathizes with the foo'
Sep 8th, 2008, 09:02 PM
And by the way, Otis was actually based on a killer named Ottis Toole. He was the sicko who confessed to murdering John Walsh's son.
Smooth Operator
Sep 9th, 2008, 12:50 AM
It's been awhile since I've seen this flick. I think the woman with the bottle in her head is one of the more memorable images.
Sep 9th, 2008, 02:23 AM
"Henry" is VERY loosely based on the life of Henry Lee Lucas. The aptly named Otis Toole did confess to the murder of Adam Walsh, but whether that confession is geniune or not is debatable.

Definitely one film I've seen a few too many times. The ending still cuts deep on every viewing.

Otis: I'd like to kill somebody.
Henry: Say that again.
Otis: I'd like to kill somebody.
Henry: Let's me and you go for a ride, Otis
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Sep 9th, 2008, 01:24 PM
I still want the grab bag back =[
Sep 9th, 2008, 06:07 PM
Originally Posted by Pandajuice View Post
To go off Rankeri's point, for some reason, I always found it more "real" and unsettling when a fat guy gets stabbed repeatedly in a film as opposed to a thin person. I wonder why that is.
Because there are more fat people than skinny people?
Space Viking Repo Man
Sep 27th, 2008, 09:23 AM
There's a few good 'fat guy gets whacked' scenes in horror cinema. One classic is in Friday the 13th Part 5 where the tubby semi-retarded fellow pisses off the Norman Bates guy and gets hacked to death. And another is from Hell High in which a tubby guy, on his way to the bathroom, gets a pencil shoved into his temple and blunders around for a few seconds before finally falling down.
aint nobody
Oct 25th, 2008, 06:09 AM
let's not forget Alice,Sweet Alice

a VERY fat sum bitch gets his in that

as for HENRY...hells bells that's one grisly and good movie

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