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Culture Club Presents “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” (1986)

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 21, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, will continue the series tomorrow evening (Tuesday September 22, 2009) with a screening of John McNaughton’s’s Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986).

Based loosely on the life of infamous serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, this low-budget film shocked audiences not with gratuitous violence and gore, but with a powerful screenplay and blistering performances from its cast. When the eponymous homicidal drifter (Michael Rooker) moves in with his friend Otis (Tom Towles) and Becky (Tracy Arnold), Otis’s abused sister, Henry introduces Otis to a life of crime at first unimaginable to the small-time hood. At the same time, Henry unintentionally woos Becky with his surprising vulnerability. The lives of these lost souls collide in a climax that is both unforgiving and unforgettable.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.


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