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Let's me and you go for a ride, Otis.
~ Henry's most famous line.

Henry is the titular protagonist villain of the highly controversial horror film Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer. Although he was based loosely on real life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, most of the events in the movie are either fictional or heavily altered.

He was portrayed by Michael Rooker, who also played Dark Winged Vesper in Super Capers, The Bone Collector in the film of the same name, Grant Grant in Slither, Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Vikke in Lollipop Chainsaw, Yondu Udonta in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Lutador in Vivo and Savant in The Suicide Squad.


Henry is a disturbing example of a protagonist villain and a fairly accurate portrayal of a serial killer; rather than a perversely likable criminal mastermind like Hannibal Lecter, Henry is a brutal, callous psychopath who derives sadistic sexual pleasure from torture and murder, and is completely indifferent to the rights and feelings of others.

Henry describes his childhood as dysfunctional and abusive. His mother, an alcoholic prostitute, would force him to watch as she serviced her clients; when he tried to look away, she would hit him. She would also force him to wear a dress as a form of punishment. As a young man, he murdered her in a fit of rage, for which he was sent to prison for seven years.

The film showcased some extremely violent and disturbing murders, many of which were committed at random - Henry was clearly a very disturbed individual and to him killing seemed to be a compulsion as he would go as far as randomly pulling a stranger over on the roadside only to blast them with a shotgun.

Henry also video-taped many of his crimes with the help of Otis, his former cellmate and fellow sexual sadist. The two would enter a home (chosen at random) and brutally murder an entire family while filming. Otis goes as far as attempting to rape a woman after killing her but Henry stops him, likely for practical reasons of leaving behind less evidence; the two would later watch the film for entertainment at their apartment.

Toward the end of the film, Henry saves Otis' sister Becky from being raped by Otis and kills him. They dismember and dispose of his body, and decide to run away together. The next day, Henry drops Becky's bloodstained suitcase - implied to contain her dismembered corpse - in a field and drives off to continue his murder spree.