#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Loosely based on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people. The killing spree depicted in the film starts after Otis’ sister Becky comes to stay with them. The people they kill are strangers and in one particularly gruesome attack, kill all three members of a family during a home invasion. Henry lacks compassion in everything he does and isn’t the kind to leave behind witnesses – of any kind.
Plot: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis’ sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: “the guy next door” and the serial killer.
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A flat disturbing film, almost documentary in scope which trawls the depths of the human condition. ‘Henry’ is not surprisingly often slated as a violent exploitation film, bundled together at Film Fairs with the Italian cannibal flicks of the 70’s.
Make no mistake though, this is a highly commendable piece of movie-making, which tackles the subject of serial killers with the same no-holds-barred approach which ‘M’ did way back in 1931. By referencing the early Fritz Lang classic, I am intentionally comparing ‘Henry’ favourably with it. I would also say that Henry Rooker’s performance is on a par with Peter Lorre’s.
The film develops like a three-handed play, revolving around Henry’s flat which he shares with former prison-mate, Otis. The trio is made up by Becky, the sister of Otis, who comes to visit.
We are introduced to Henry immediately as a killer and the story does exactly what it says it will in the film’s title. We simply follow Henry throughout his daily routine. No mention is given to any police enquiries and Henry is oblivious to any notion of avoiding capture or covering his tracks. Much of the film’s power comes from this nonchalant approach, whereby if a person doesn’t register that something he is doing is wrong, then it quickly becomes almost acceptable.
Rooker, in the title role, is totally convincing and gives a chilling performance, free from the mannerism clichés which detract from more famous serial killer characters like Hannibal Lector and Norman Bates. I can only think of Kevin Spacey in ‘Seven’ (1995) giving a similar level of performance for this character-type.
Despite a couple of scenes whose violent content borders on the gratuitous, for the most part ‘Henry’ succeeds by relying on a suffocating atmosphere and it’s down-beat characters.
Anyone without a sense of desolation at the end of the film must be devoid of their senses.
BEST SCENE – Henry and Otis enjoying a night in on the sofa, watching their recent home-video recordings, is one of the most disturbing scenes I can remember watching.
Portrait of an imagined serial killer
Supposedly based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas (played by a turbulent Michael Rooker), but in fact is framed on tall stories of the largest fabler in American crime history (made even taller by director / scriptwriter John McNaughton, who adds his own two cents to the mythology). Henry Lee Lucas admitted to over 600 murders, whilst in fact, together with his comrade in mayhem Otis (Tom Towles) are probably culpable but for a fraction of those events. Inspired by the prefabricated musings of a trickster conspiring with police ‘to clean up the books’ John McNaughton supposedly presents us a portrait of a psychotic mind, but essentially remains underwhelmingly vacuous.
The hyperbole of Lucas’s life story is taken at face value giving a terrifying vision of a pair of two morally incapacitated individuals, albeit Henry himself finds a soft spot for Otis’s cousin Becky (Tracy Arnold). The trio of off-beat uneducated drifters clinch viewer attention with idle chit-chat coupled with pending violence boiling just below the surface. Unlike Hannibal-like eroticism the serial killers are hollow, dead and pitiful, which allow for a certain level of affinity with the characters, though thankfully never creating a need for compassion. Suitably events are portrayed pretty matter of fact (thankfully) without the ulterior intellectually deviant underpinnings so predominant in serial killer movies – this murderer isn’t a deranged genius, just a murderous lost soul.
Low key direction with unassuming choreography keeps attention focused on Rooker and Towles, which make a oddly disturbing couple, believable, but at the same time unreal. Rooker especially has a tentative quality of lingering anger and dead eyes, which slowly rescinds during contact with the awkwardly naive Arnold. Gifted with the best lines Rooker excels at his portrayal painting an appalling picture of a psycho, albeit one that is doubly fictitious, hellbent on murder, but conscious enough to avoid having a modus operandi.
McNaughton does also have some nice touches, which add undeniable dread, especially with the opening act, where murders are not shown, but heard menacingly dubbed over pictures of corpses. The strongest point of the movie (in true “Funny Games” style), when a tellingly graphic murder of a family is presented as a video tape being watched by the serial killers, drawing comparisons between them and viewing watching such gruesome pictures. Disturbing and drastic hard to recommend as anything other than exploitative horror, one so vividly criticised by Haneke in “Funny Games”. Roughly shot and essentially pointless and thoughtless, not even having the decency to entertain a story more based on fact and less on delusions. Maybe beforehand knowledge about the actual Henry Lee Lucs detracts away from viewing pleasure, as the true life story of his incarceration makes just a much more enticing talking point, than the on-screen imaginings presented by the director.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 23 min (83 min), 1 hr 17 min (77 min) (Australia), 1 hr 18 min (78 min) (Norway), 1 hr 18 min (78 min) (Sweden), 1 hr 15 min (75 min) (edited for TV) (Italy)
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director John McNaughton
Writer Richard Fire, John McNaughton
Actors Mary Demas, Michael Rooker, Anne Bartoletti, Elizabeth Kaden
Awards 9 wins & 8 nominations.
Production Company Maljack Productions
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Allied Film Labs, Chicago (IL), USA (processing)
Film Length 2,138 m (Sweden, cut version), 2,259 m (Sweden, uncut version)
Negative Format 16 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (blow-up)