Sunday, January 25, 2015

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)


                Tom Towles 
20th March 1950 - 2nd April 2015.

Sometime toward the back end of the 1980's a specific horror movie with a growing reputation was brought to my attention. My acknowledgement of this film came largely based upon a drip-feed stream of reviews by American based horror film magazines and its quickening additional inclusion upon the latest and regular extending list of cinematic attractions being offered by the local pushers of illegal VHS video copies of the time. This scenario was also being repeated by certain makeshift stall holders selling their wares at horror festival screenings. Something I noted while attending such an event sometime during 1989? All this cloak and dagger was often the only means - at the time of still obtaining obscure and often banned material. This coming in a time frame way before the advent and accessibility of internet infringement and copyright theft, or those with more social scruples who have now become paying re-collectors that are currently enjoying extending their personal film library as part of the DVD – Blu-ray culture or perhaps those who are all about watching cinema via the current and ever expanding V.O.D. services now being provided on mass scale.