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No fair? What do you think this is, a game?
~ Henry Evans' famous catchphrase.
If I let you go, you think you could fly?
~ Henry asking Mark directly if he could fly if he dropped him.
Hey, Mark... Don't f**k with me.
~ Henry threatening Mark.
(Susan: Henry?) Henry: Yes mom? (Susan: You have to tell me the truth now. What happened the night Richard died?) Henry: Don't you know? (Susan: I'd like to hear it from you.) Henry: I was downstairs playing. (Susan gets down in Henry's face.) (Susan: Henry, don't lie to me, alright, just don't lie to me, now you tell me... did you kill Richard?) Henry: What if I did?
~ Henry revealing to his mother, Susan that he killed Richard and his true nature.

Henry Evans is the main antagonist of the 1993 psychological thriller drama film The Good Son. He is the cruel, wicked, heartless, monstrous, and arrogant cousin of Mark Evans, the film's titular main protagonist.

He was portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in his first and only villainous role so far.

History

Since Mark's father must go on a business trip to Tokyo, he leaves his son with his uncle Wallace and aunt Susan. Soon, Mark and his cousin Henry, who seems like a good cousin and a nice friend at first, meet up. However, Henry's true nature starts to show up after some of his behavior is revealed. Like starting out when he smoked and pressured Mark into doing it telling him that ("he's gonna die anyway") and then expressed interest in death, asking how Mark's mother looked like when she died. Mark felt uncomfortable with Henry's behavior and threatened to hit him if he talked about his mother again. Henry replied that if he did, he would throw Mark into a well. Henry becomes jealous when he sees Susan hugging Mark. Henry later took a nail gun and revealed great aiming skills with it, hitting a tree that a cat was sitting next to. Henry then shot and killed a dog that had chased the two earlier, much to Mark's shock and horror. And he later caused a massive pile-up using a hand-made dummy named Mr. Highway. 

He also points out that he probably killed his own brother before the movie's events. A horrified Mark tries many times to warn his uncle and aunt about Henry's sick-minded behavior, but they will not listen to him. Henry confronts Mark in their room when Connie shows up as well. Henry is displeased that Connie is in his room and makes it clear about it but is pushed away by Mark, who pins him to a wall. Henry implies he is going to kill her just before Susan breaks the two up.

Susan and Wallace leave and Mark becomes worried that Henry will attack Connie and finds her safe. After reading her a story to make her go to sleep, Mark leaves the room and Henry reveals himself in the dark, and once again hints he will kill Connie. The next morning, Mark wakes up and finds out Henry took Connie skating and leaves the house to find them. By the time he gets there, Henry tosses Connie onto thin ice and she breaks through, almost freezing to death. Several adults rescue her but oddly don't fall through themselves, and Connie is hospitalized. Mark once again tries to warn his uncle and his aunt, but they still refuse to listen. 

Mark later sees Henry talking to the therapist telling her about Mark's "strange behavior" successfully manipulating her. Mark confronts Henry on their treehouse, where Henry becomes even more jealous of Mark when he says that Susan is his mother now. Later, that night, Mark wakes up and goes to the refrigerator at the middle of the night to get a snack and Henry confronts him and tells him to get whatever he wants and Mark asks what did he do to the food, and Henry jokingly asks Mark would he do something like that. Henry later alerts his parents about Mark disposing the food in the garbage disposal and Susan and Wallace stop him and send him to bed.

Susan finds the rubber duck that was with Richard when he died in Henry's room and asks him about it. Henry lies and says he took it because "he wanted somebody to remember Richard die", and he asks for it back but his mom refuses so Henry takes it away by force and runs off to the graveyard and throws it down a well. Later on, Henry and Mark meet up in their room and Henry hints he will kill Susan. Mark grabs a pair of scissors and pins Henry and threatens to jab the scissors into his throat. Henry pressures Mark into doing it when Wallace sees this and locks Mark in a room until he talks.

Henry tricks his mother into taking a walk in the woods with him, where she finally asks if he killed his brother since she earlier found one of his long lost toys in Henry's possession, to which he replies "What if I did?", shocking his mother and making her see the monster Henry truly is. Refusing to be sent somewhere where he would be given special treatment for his behavior, he tricks her into following him to a cliff and pushes her off, but she hangs herself to a branch below.

Henry tries to drop a large rock on her to finish her off, but Mark immediately comes to her rescue and battles Henry. As the two wrestle, they almost fall down the cliff, but Susan (having just reached the top) hangs onto them both and must decide which one to save. She actually wanted to save them both, but soon realizes that only one can be saved. Remembering that Henry tried to kill her (and would likely try again), being too dangerous to be left alive, she reluctantly releases Henry, leaving him screaming and falling to his death onto the rocks below. Susan pulls Mark up from the ledge and they look down upon Henry's body on the rocks below before it is washed away into the sea, and they both share an emotional embrace. 

Personality

Henry was an extremely ruthless, dishonest, callous, manipulative, sadistic, unsympathetic and selfish child who never appreciated the well-being of others. He found the idea of death to be rather enthralling, with the exception of his own. Not only did Henry show no remorse for his actions, but he enjoyed them immensely; for example, after murdering an aggressive dog with his homemade crossbow, rather than feeling remorse or regret for what he had done, Henry instead felt only joy and satisfaction and had a broad, wicked smile on his face whilst watching the car accident he caused get bigger. Henry has been described as a Cluster B psychopath with antisocial, narcissistic, and borderline personality disorders with sadistic features.

It seemed that envy was what awoke the beast in Henry as he drowned his 3-year-old brother, Richard, in the bathtub purely out of jealousy for how his parents were paying more attention to him, even giving him Henry's favorite rubber duck, which Henry kept after he killed him as it was in his words; "mine before it was his", after finding that killing Richard had been so easy for him, Henry discovered that he did not feel saddened when bad things happened to other people and then learned to live by a philosophy; "once you realize that you can do anything, you're free. You could fly. Nobody can touch you, nobody".

Henry took surprisingly little to no care of his own health, rationalizing that smoking was okay because everyone would die one way or another. Had he lived to be older, he possibly would have started using other drugs and alcohol. Henry stated that he used to be afraid before realizing that doing horrible things made him happy instead of sad or had no impact on him either way.

Henry's reason for killing his little sister and mother seemed to stem from a desire to devastate Mark more than from jealousy, as he noticed how close Mark was becoming to them both and had already demonstrated that other people's suffering thrilled him. Henry had already made it clear he disliked (and even hated) his sister, Connie but it was odd how he chose to kill his mother instead of Mark. He possibly preferred her to be dead than be a mother/mother-figure to anyone else or felt that she was too close to learning the truth about Richard's death. 

Henry never felt any genuine love for anyone, even for his family, it was likely that he only wanted Richard out of the way so he would get all the attention and praise of his family and so that they would serve him. Henry was horrible to Connie; aside from trying to kill her, he would psychologically and physically torture her on many occasions and addressed her as "vermin" at one point.

Henry was also surprisingly calculating for his young age, he was able to make the murder of Richard and the attempted murder of Connie seem like an accident. He also stretched out his hand towards Connie to make it seem like he was trying to save her, though considering his sadistic personality, he may have also tantalized his sister by keeping his hand right out of her reach.

Had Henry gotten away with killing his mother, he could have lied about it, having been there when it happened and it would have been surmised that she had either fallen or committed suicide due to her heartbreak over Richard's death, the latter of which is something everyone knew she felt guilty for. Henry also convinced everyone that Mark's grievance over his mother was driving him to insanity, keeping all suspicion off himself, and was even willing to blame him for the traffic collision he caused.

At first, Henry's psychopathic nature had simply been due to jealousy, but since then it had developed to the point that another person's life having value was a fact that Henry simply ignored. The shine he took to Mark at first was possible because he saw Mark as a potential pawn rather than a friend, as he viewed everyone he knew as disposable if they no longer satisfied his needs or posed a threat to his freedom (which was what he valued above everything else).

What was really disturbing about Henry was that he understood the difference between right and wrong, and knew perfectly well that what he was doing was bad but he did not care. If he wanted to do something and if it was within his reach to do it, he would - without caring at all about how it affected other people.

Despite Henry's interest in death and enjoyment for causing it to others, he valued his own life and was afraid of dying himself; as far as Henry was concerned, it was OK for everyone except himself to die or be in pain, he briefly tried to convince Mark to follow in his footsteps and give up all traces of empathy so his life would be better, possibly implying that Henry thought everyone should be like him. Henry also had a ridiculously excessive sense of self-worth, as he felt that he was entitled to everything he wanted just because he wanted it, with no rational reasoning.

Henry's greatest weakness was his incapability to understand love completely, this was evident by when he still thought that his mother would always love him unconditionally, even after he had subtly admitted to killing Richard to his mother and then tried to kill her. Henry also asked Mark if a person is expected to cry at their mother's funeral, apparently only guessing that it is something most people would do.

Quotes

(Mark: Where are we going?) Henry: We're here. Here, help me rest him up here. (Mark: Okay.) (Mark helps Henry put the dummy "Mr. Highway over the top of the freeway overpass.) Henry: Hold on Mr. Highway, he's thinking about the end, he's had enough of his terrible life. (Mark: What?) Henry: Say goodbye! (Henry drops "Mr. Highway off of the ramp and onto the road causing the crashes and deaths of people.) (Mark: (screaming) No!) (Henry smiles sadistically at the pileup he caused while Mark looks down in horror.)
~ Henry causing a pileup on a highway.
Henry: I feel sorry for you Mark, you just don't know how to have fun. (Mark: What?) Henry: It's because you're scared all the time, I know, I used to be scared too, but that was before I found out. (Mark: Found out what?) Henry: That once you realize you can do anything, you're free. You could fly. Nobody can touch you. Nobody. Mark, don't be afraid to fly.
~ Henry explaining how he got through his fear that he can be free.
You like my sister, don't you? Such a sweet little girl... it'd be too bad if something were to happen to her... like she got hurt... you'd be sad, wouldn't you, Mark? But hey, accidents can happen...
~ Henry Evans to his cousin Mark about his little sister Connie.
(Henry meets Mark up at the treehouse) Henry: You sure missed an interesting session! I like therapy! (Mark: What did you tell her?) Henry: Sorry, that's strictly confidential, but you better stop telling lies about me because no one's gonna believe you. (Mark: Sooner or later, they're gonna find out about you!) Henry: Who's they? My dad? My mom? (Mark: I told your mom.) Henry: Why would she believe you? She's my mom, not yours. (Mark: You know you're wrong about that! She is my mother!) Henry: Your mom? You crazy!? You're mom's maggot food! (Mark: My mom said she'd always be with me, she tells your mom there's a way of coming back, but I guess you wouldn't understand that. But it's true, she's my mother now!) (Mark starts to head down out of the treehouse.) Henry: Hey, Mark! (Mark stops on the rope and looks up.) Henry: Don't f**k with me. (Mark continues to slide down while Henry watches him.)
~ Mark accepting that Susan is his mother now and Henry threatening Mark not to mess with him.
(Henry spots Mark looking through the refrigerator at night.) Henry: Looking for a midnight snack? Go ahead, eat, drink, don't let me stop you! (Mark: What did you do?) Henry: Do? Me? Oh, I get it, you think I put something in my family's food. you think that I... Mark, come on, do you really think I'd do a thing like that?
~ Henry to Mark before he goes through the refrigerator and dumps all the food in the garbage disposal thinking Henry poisoned the food.
(Henry comes into the shed and spots his mother, Susan) Henry: Mom, what are you doing? (Susan: I was just, I was just looking around.) Henry: Uh-huh. (Susan: Henry, if something were wrong, you would tell me wouldn't you?) Henry: What do you mean? (Susan: I mean sometimes when we're kids we do things that um...) Henry: What kind of things? (Susan: Things we feel bad about.) Henry: I don't feel bad about anything. (Susan holds up Henry's rubber duck he hid in the shed) (Susan: Look what I've found!) (Henry sees the rubber duck in her hand) Henry: Where did you get that? (Susan: You know where I got it, I couldn't find it after Richard's accident, you had it all this time?) Henry: It was mine before it was his! (Susan: But you knew I was looking for it. How did you get it? Henry, how did you get this?) Henry: I took it, I'm sorry mom, I took it because I wanted somebody to remember Richard die, that's all, so can I have it back please? (Susan: No, no you can't have it back!) Henry: But it's mine. (Susan: Henry?) Henry: GIVE IT TO ME!
~ Henry realizing Susan was getting suspicious about his behavior and forcibly takes the rubber duck from her and runs away to the graveyard and drops it in the well.
(Mark: What are you doing?) Henry: Missing someone? (Mark: Who?) Henry: Mark, did you cry at your mom's funeral? (Mark: Why?) Henry: I know, I figured you expected to cry at your mom's funeral, but I don't know. (Mark: You wouldn't!) Henry: Wouldn't what? (Mark: Hurt her.) (Henry grabs a wooden airplane toy.) Henry: Do you really think I'd hurt my own? Oh, wait! (Mark: What?) Henry: I just remembered, she's not my mom anymore, she's yours, isn't that what you said? She's your mother now! (Mark: Yeah.) Henry: Your mom, my mom, what the hell? We'll both miss her. (Mark: I'll kill you first!) Henry: Poor Mark, so violent, so disturbed. If you don't watch out, they're gonna lock you up! (Henry throws the airplane toy and Mark quickly grabs a pair of scissors and restrains Henry to the bed and puts the scissors to his throat.) (Mark: I could kill you now!) Henry: Go ahead, jam it in, gotta push pretty hard though, the blood will go right across the room, come on, come on. (Wallace comes in the room) (Wallace: Henry, have you seen your-) Henry: Dad! dad! help me! (Wallace: Mark! (runs over and takes the scissors out of Mark's hand and grabs him.) What the hell do you think you were doing!? Answer me, goddamn it!) Henry: Don't be mad at Mark, he's not really himself! (Wallace takes Mark out of the room.) (Wallace: This is serious Mark, you could've hurt him!) (Mark: He's the one who wants to hurt people!) Henry: Mark, I'm sorry you don't want to be friends!
~ Henry planning to kill his mother, Susan in front of Mark.
Looking for me mom? (Susan: Oh, Henry!) Henry: You really thought I was gonna jump huh? I guess you don't know me very well Mom! (Henry runs up to his mom and shoves her off the cliff trying to kill her.) (Susan Oh, Henry! (screams as she falls down but luckily grabs on a branch, saving her.) (Susan: Henry!?) (Henry appears with a rock about to throw at Susan.) Henry: Yes mom? (Henry raises the rock ready to throw at Susan.) (Susan: Henry, please! No!) (Mark suddenly appears just in time to stop Henry from killing Susan and tackles Henry making him drop the rock, almost hitting Susan.)
~ Henry tricking his mother, Susan that he jumped over the cliff and attempts to kill her by shoving her off the cliff and dropping a rock on her but was stopped by Mark.
I'm gonna kill you! I'm gonna kill you!
~ Henry's breakdown as he fights with Mark.
Mom, mom I love you! Mom, I need your other hand!
~ Henry lying that he loves Susan in order to be saved from falling.
Henry: Mom, Mom help me! (Susan: Henry...) Henry: Mom! (Susan: Henry...) (Susan drops Henry as he screams while falling to his death while she helps up Mark.)
~ Henry's last words before his death.

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  • The role of Henry Evans is Macaulay Culkin's only villainous role so far, whereas he mostly played heroic characters, such as Kevin McCallister in Home Alone. Indeed, many film critics criticized Culkin's casting as Henry Evans due to his comedic image in the Home Alone films.
    • Despite this backlash, Culkin claimed that he enjoyed doing the role.
  • He was never seen murdering people on-screen though he does attempt to kill his own sister and his own mother. He also murders someone's dog onscreen.
  • Henry's siblings were played by Culkin's real-life siblings.
  • One may notice that once he begins to show signs of his evil behavior, he starts wearing two different colored shoes: a black one and a white one.

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