Ever heard of romantic horror? I don’t mean Shades of Grey. I’m talking actual dark love. If I really think about it, I can name a few films that would fit into that category. I’m not saying Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), the movie I chose for the 23rd day of 30 Days of Terror fits into that sub-genre, it was just asking a question.

I guess I love you, too. Henry

I hadn’t heard of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) before, but when it was recommended to me by the streaming video service, I was intrigued. It felt like a not so distant relative to House of 1,000 Corpses, and it has Tom Towles (Otis) who played Deputy George Wydell in those films.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial KillerIn the beginning, we only see the brutal aftermath, but not the acts themselves, making it feel like a surreal nightmare. The gore effects are intense, but not overdone. The music is very stylistic and fitting for this movie, and different from other 80s horror flicks. The one bit that stayed with me was when they showed a victim after the fact, and while the camera took her in, they added the sound over of what was heard while she was killed which was a very effective display.

Henry is complex with facets that I’d never expect. While he’s a brutal savage, he still has a touch of morality and doesn’t allow Otis to do things. There is a dry spell of anything happening, but when the fun returns, it is sublime.

I totally recommend Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and give it 4 out of 5 Stars.

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