The Official Website for Actor Michael Rooker
The Official Website for Actor Michael Rooker

McNaughton-Rooker Horror Film Gets a New Life at 30

When 85-minute low-budget indie “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” — an art film masked as an exploitation film and shot in 16mm — was released in fall of 1986, its chances of theatrical success seemed unlikely.

The cards were stacked against it. Everyone connected with it was unknown. The budget was so low that family and friends were brought on as actors using their own possessions. And its highly-restrictive MPAA X-rating limited its commerciality.

“Henry” was directed and co-written by John McNaughton and the late Richard Fire and produced by Steven A. Jones. They had a $110,000 budget to produce “a horror film with lots of blood,” shot in 28 days throughout Chicago in the summer of 1986…

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