Monday, March 5, 2012

Serial Killer Movie, Qu'est-ce Que C'est?

79) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) Dir: John McNaughton Date Released: September 1990 Date Seen: February 25, 2012 Rating: 3.75/5

81) Maniac (1980) Dir: William Lustig Date Released: December 26, 1980 Date Seen: February 27, 2012 Rating: 4/5

82) Frenzy (1972) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Date Released: June 21, 1972 Date Seen: February 27, 2012 Rating: 3.75/5

Regarding Henry: Pretty disquieting and directed with a consummate eye for subdued squeamishness. And Michael Rooker's great in this, yes, indeed. So while I feel like there wasn't really much to this bleak serial killer pic, I respect that it's probably as good as the subgenre can get without becoming a totally different animal. 

But I want the subgenre to become a totally different animal. I want it to become From Hell, basically, and if you have to ask whether I mean the comic or the movie, you can just...just sit on it! 

Anyway, I could see the limitations of Henry but still appreciate it for what it is. Which is more than I can say about most serial killer pitchers. So hats off to John McNaughton for that. 

Which I guess is a nice segue to this piece I wrote about the serial killer on film for Press Play and the main stumbling block that kind of movie has, in my not-so-humble opinion. Enjoy; I think it's a good piece.

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