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Henry Lee Lucas: Serial Killer


Starring: Antonio Sabato Jr. and Kostas Sommer
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
RRP: £12.99
Certificate: 18
Available 12 April 2010

Notorious serial killer Henry Lee Lucas is finally apprehended by the police. He agrees to be cooperative by telling the sheriff's department in great detail about his previous exploits. We are returned to his childhood, during which he suffers constant beatings from his drunken whore mother. We see him with his first girlfriend, who becomes his first victim. When he doubles up with another violent man, the killings increase dramatically. Henry appears to be quiet and laid-back; however, he just can't resist the urge to kill, explaining to his police captives that it's a natural process committed without thought - like eating when hungry. In order to register all of these crimes Henry is taken where he wants, and is becoming a small-time celebrity. Little do the police realise that Henry wants to carve his name in history, and to do that he has to exaggerate the truth...

This just might be one of my shortest reviews, because there's really not that much to say about this film. It's based on a true story about one of America's most prolific serial killers. It's directed by Michael Feifer, who has experience in this genre with B.T.K. Bundy: An American Icon.

Whether it's due to the segmented storytelling of the movie, it feels like it is devoid of structure. The confusing opening is taken from the middle and is then returned to for no apparent reason. Usually the shooting of true stories incorporates a little poetic licence, and without it there's no building of suspense. The film just ends and it's instantly forgotten. To say I wasn't impressed is an understatement.


Ty Power

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