History Film / HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller

23rd Oct '16 11:24:12 AM nombretomado
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* ThePublicDomainChannel: [[spoiler: After claiming another victim, Henry leaves her TV on this station. By the time we see it, it's in the middle of playing "Neptune Nonsense".[[note]]A 1936 FelixTheCat cartoon produced by VanBeurenStudios[[/note]]]]

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* ThePublicDomainChannel: [[spoiler: After claiming another victim, Henry leaves her TV on this station. By the time we see it, it's in the middle of playing "Neptune Nonsense".[[note]]A 1936 FelixTheCat WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoon produced by VanBeurenStudios[[/note]]]]
6th Aug '16 6:32:55 PM eaterofworlds
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of AllGirlsWantBadBoys and DracoInLeatherPants. The movie goes through great lengths to remind us just how much of a monster Henry is.
15th Jul '16 6:52:52 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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** The teenage boy who sucker punched Otis and steals his weed. Otis wants to get his revenge, but Henry advises him not to since that would likely lead to Otis getting arrested. [[spoiler:A good Samaritan suffers his punishment instead.]]

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** The homophobic teenage boy who sucker punched Otis and steals his weed. Otis wants to get his revenge, but Henry advises him not to since that would likely lead to Otis getting arrested. [[spoiler:A good Samaritan suffers his punishment instead.]]
15th Jul '16 6:39:42 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* BigBad: Henry is the dominant personality in the serial killing duo.

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* BigBad: While Henry is the dominant personality in the serial killing duo.a VillainProtagonist, his partner Otis eventually becomes even worse.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Henry has the moral upper hand in several cases against Otis. For example, he advises Otis against getting revenge on a boy that hit him and stole his weed.



** The teenage boy who sucker punched Otis and steals his weed. Otis wants to get his revenge, but Henry advises him not to [[WouldntHurtAChild since he's young]]. [[spoiler:A good Samaritan suffers his punishment instead.]]

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** The teenage boy who sucker punched Otis and steals his weed. Otis wants to get his revenge, but Henry advises him not to [[WouldntHurtAChild since he's young]].that would likely lead to Otis getting arrested. [[spoiler:A good Samaritan suffers his punishment instead.]]



* PragmaticVillainy: Henry advises Otis against getting revenge on the boy that hit him and stole his weed because the two have been seen together and the boy is young, and these factors would lead to Otis getting caught.



* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler: Falling in love with a serial killer gets Becky killed. Henry is a stone cold sociopath and having a girl fall in love with him does ''nothing'' to change that.]]

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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler: Falling in love with a serial killer gets Becky killed. Henry is a stone cold sociopath and having a girl woman fall in love with him does ''nothing'' to change that.]]



* SonOfAWhore: [[spoiler: Henry [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] to be one, although unlike many other examples, he actually knew his father (as his mother was still married) and had at least two siblings, a brother and sister.]]

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* SonOfAWhore: [[spoiler: Henry [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] to be one, although unlike many other examples, he actually knew his father (as his mother was still married) and had at least two siblings, a brother and sister.siblings.]]



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders, thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He died in prison from cancer Ottis Toole was not killed by Lucas, but also died from natural causes while incarcerated. Lucas ''had'' served a sentence for the murder of his mother, but all of the convictions except for this are questioned.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders, thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) then Governor George W. Bush of Texas. Texas UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. He died in prison from cancer cancer. His partner Ottis Toole was not killed by Lucas, him, but also died from natural causes while incarcerated. Lucas ''had'' served a sentence for the murder of his mother, but all of the convictions except for this are questioned.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Henry snaps a young boy's neck in front of his parents during the home invasion.
6th Jun '16 1:04:22 PM stuffedninja
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* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Becky's father was sexually abusive, and Henry claims that his prostitute mother forced him to watch her have sex with clients, among other things.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: [[spoiler: Becky seems to find Henry's soft-spoken, awkward demeanor attractive. How wrong she is.]]

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* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Becky's Becky's father was sexually abusive, and Henry claims that his prostitute mother forced him to watch her have sex with clients, among other things.]]
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* {{Adorkable}}: [[spoiler: Becky seems to find Henry's soft-spoken, awkward demeanor attractive. How [[spoiler:How wrong she is.]]



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:The {{Jerkass}} fence Henry and Otis try to buy a TV from was apparently intended as such according to WordOfGod. Otis himself becomes one at the end of the film.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:The {{Jerkass}} fence Henry and Otis try to buy a TV from from]] was apparently intended as such according to WordOfGod. Otis himself WordOfGod.
** [[spoiler:Otis himself]]
becomes one at the end of the film.]]



* BigDamnHeroes: During the one moment where it seems like Henry will lose (when [[spoiler:Otis overpowers him after Henry attacks him when he sees him assaulting Becky]]), [[spoiler:Becky]] saves him by [[spoiler:impaling Otis' [[EyeScream eye]]]].



* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Poor Becky had a horrible childhood.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Poor Becky had Becky. Her father was sexually abusive, and [[spoiler:she enters a horrible childhood.]]deep HeroicBSOD after seeing Henry kill Otis]].



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Henry has the moral upper hand in several cases against Otis. For example, he advises Otis against getting revenge on a boy that hit him and stole his weed.



* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Otis]] gets the end of a metal comb jammed into his eye by [[spoiler:Becky]].



* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Played with. Henry says that he killed his mother because she was abusive, but in context the claim comes off as rather dubious. And while we can infer that having a father who sexually abused his sister didn't do wonders for Otis' mental health, it doesn't seem to be much of a motivating factor in any of his killings.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The song that plays once Henry turns on the radio after he and Becky declare their love for each other has a chorus that says, "Loving you was my mistake." [[spoiler:Henry kills Becky the next day.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Played Played with. Henry [[spoiler:Henry says that he killed his mother because she was abusive, but in context the claim comes off as rather dubious. And while we can infer that having a father who sexually abused his sister didn't do wonders for Otis' mental health, it doesn't seem to be much of a motivating factor in any of his killings.]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Henry is obvious, but the teenage boy who sucker punched Otis and steals his weed. A good Samaritan suffers his punishment instead.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Henry is obvious, but the [[spoiler:Henry]], obviously.
** The
teenage boy who sucker punched Otis and steals his weed. A Otis wants to get his revenge, but Henry advises him not to [[WouldntHurtAChild since he's young]]. [[spoiler:A good Samaritan suffers his punishment instead.]]



* MultipleChoicePast: [[spoiler:Henry can't seem to decide whether he beat his mother to death with a baseball bat, stabbed her with a knife, or shot her.]]

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* MultipleChoicePast: [[spoiler:Henry Henry can't seem to decide whether he [[spoiler:he beat his mother to death with a baseball bat, stabbed her with a knife, or shot her.]]


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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: When Henry takes Becky out to the motel after [[spoiler:killing Otis and disposing of his body]], they declare their love for each other (Henry more reluctantly, reasonably), and Henry turns on the radio. The song that plays happens to go like this: [[{{Foreshadowing}} "Loving you was my mistake..."]]
25th May '16 5:22:15 PM Robotnik
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* SelfMadeOrphan: Henry murdered his mother. * SerialKiller: Henry and Otis.

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* SelfMadeOrphan: Henry murdered his mother.
* SerialKiller: Henry and Otis.
22nd May '16 4:15:39 PM Fireblood
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* SerialKiller: Henry and Otis.

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* SelfMadeOrphan: Henry murdered his mother. * SerialKiller: Henry and Otis.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders, thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He died in prison from cancer Ottis Toole was not killed by Lucas, but also died from natural causes while incarcerated.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders, thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He died in prison from cancer Ottis Toole was not killed by Lucas, but also died from natural causes while incarcerated. Lucas ''had'' served a sentence for the murder of his mother, but all of the convictions except for this are questioned.
22nd May '16 4:06:16 PM Fireblood
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders, thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He died in prison from cancer, and Ottis Toole also died of natural causes while incarcerated.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders, thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He died in prison from cancer, and cancer Ottis Toole was not killed by Lucas, but also died of from natural causes while incarcerated.
22nd May '16 4:02:47 PM Fireblood
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* TheStoic: Other than sadistic glee he takes in murder, Henry never shows much emotion.

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* TheStoic: Other than the sadistic glee he takes in murder, Henry never shows much emotion.



** Of the "serial killer lead" subgenre of the {{Villain Protagonist}} genre, ie all the serial killer and slasher films of the 90s and onward that have us root for the villain and may sometimes even give them a sympathetic motive. Here we're given the Serial Killer character in its rawest form and the result is more sickening than entertaining. Unlike such protagonists as [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], Henry is socially awkward, plain-looking, not particularly intelligent, and downright vicious.
** The film also retroactively deconstructs the theme often found in these type of slasher flicks: [[ThePowerOfFriendship The good girl breaking down the defenses]] of the serial killer. [[spoiler:Instead, Henry sees Becky as more of a nuisance than a friend or love interest and kills her in the end.]] Seriously, [[spoiler:Becky's fate]] would almost seem like a fuck you to Book!Clarice Starling and Debra Morgan if it wasn't for the fact that Hannibal and Dexter wouldn't come for over another 10 years.

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** Of the "serial killer lead" subgenre of the {{Villain Protagonist}} {{villain protagonist}} genre, ie i.e. all the serial killer and slasher films of the 90s and onward that have us root for the villain and may sometimes even give them a sympathetic motive. Here we're given the Serial Killer serial killer character in its rawest form and the result is more sickening than entertaining. Unlike such protagonists as [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], Henry is socially awkward, plain-looking, not particularly intelligent, and downright vicious.
** The film also retroactively deconstructs the theme often found in these type of slasher flicks: [[ThePowerOfFriendship The the good girl breaking down the defenses]] of the serial killer. [[spoiler:Instead, Henry sees Becky as more of a nuisance than a friend or love interest and kills her in the end.]] Seriously, [[spoiler:Becky's fate]] would almost seem like a fuck you to Book!Clarice Starling and Debra Morgan if it wasn't for the fact that Hannibal and Dexter wouldn't come about for over another 10 years.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders: thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He died in prison from cancer, and Ottis Toole also died of natural causes while incarcerated.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Henry Lee Lucas was a real serial killer who confessed to killing over 600 people... but was only convicted for 11 killings. The film is more or less based on Lee's claims than his actual crimes. It actually caused a huge scandal as police fed Lucas with details from various crimes, in many cases to clear unsolved murders: murders, thus meaning the real killers were not pursued. Lucas himself got distinction as the only death row prisoner ''spared'' by (at the time) Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He died in prison from cancer, and Ottis Toole also died of natural causes while incarcerated.
25th Feb '16 10:47:32 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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