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Henry : Portrait of a Serial Killer - Shaun Kimber

Henry

Portrait of a Serial Killer

Paperback Published: 12th September 2011
ISBN: 9780230297982
Number Of Pages: 168

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1985) is precisely that: a cold-eyed character study based on the crimes of Henry Lee Lucas, who was convicted of eleven murders in the 1980s. Director John McNaughton presents an unflinching portrayal of the semi-fictional Henry's crimes, which include serial murder and the slaughter of a family captured and replayed on videotape by Henry and his accomplice Otis. The film proved immensely controversial, notably in the UK, where it confounded the British Board of Film Classification, which at one point during the film's tangled censorship history went so far as to re-edit substantially a crucial scene, in addition to cutting others.  Shaun Kimber's examination of the controversies surrounding Henry considers the history and implications of censors' decisions about the film on both sides of the Atlantic, revealing a wide range of cultural meanings and social fears relating to film violence. Taking full account of the views of audiences, critics and academics, both at the time the film was released and in the years since, this illuminating study also looks at the changing political, social and economic contexts within which the film was produced and has subsequently been circulated and consumed. It also considers McNaughton's usage of the codes associated with documentary and realism, 'exploitation' approaches to publicity and marketing, and the polarisation of responses to the movie. Today Henry enjoys the reputation and status of a key film within the horror genre, the history of censorship, and the study of film violence. Kimber's revealing account of the film's production and its fortunes in the marketplace provides a fascinating case study of film censorship in action, and offers a sustained and wide ranging analysis of what remains one of the most disturbing films ever made.

Industry Reviews

'An excellent in-depth analysis... Kimber effectively combines close readings of key scenes with detailed consideration of the history of different versions of Henry and its various engagements with critics, supporters and regulatory authorities.' - Geoff King, Brunel University, UK 'It left me with that same cold and sordid feeling I felt when I first viewed the film...an interesting academic study.' - Chris Hick, Filmwerk 'For anyone interested in low budget indie film production, and the history of film censorship, it's a fascinating read.' - David Flint, strangethingsarehappening.com

Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Synopsis PART I: HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER THEN Development Pre-Production Production Post-Production US Distribution US Film Classification US Theatrical & Video Distribution US Critical Reception PART II: HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER SINCE THEN UK Film Classification UK Critical Reception of 1991 Theatrical Release UK 1993 Video Release US Directors edition 1998 UK 2001 DVD Release UK 2003 DVD and Theatrical Releases US 20TH Anniversary Special Edition & Blu-ray Releases PART III: KEY THEMES AND IDEAS Introduction Context Text Audience PART IV: KEY SCENE ANALYSIS Introduction The Third Tableaux Lets Go Shopping Home Invasion PART V: THE LEGACY OF HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER Modelling Controversy Henry's Legacy APPENDICES Appendix A: Key Details Appendix B: List of References Endnotes

ISBN: 9780230297982
ISBN-10: 0230297986
Series: Controversies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 12th September 2011
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1

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