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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

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Palgrave

Pages: 168
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Controversies

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Paperback - 9780230297982

15 September 2011

$29.99

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Ebook - 9780230343696

16 September 2017

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) 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...

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) 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. The film proved immensely controversial, notably in the UK, where it confounded the British Board of Film Classification, which went so far as to re-edit 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. Taking account of the views of audiences, critics and academics, both at the time the film was released and in the years since, Kimber also looks at the changing political, social and economic contexts within which the film was produced and has subsequently circulated. Henry continues to represent a key film within the horror genre, the history of censorship, and the study of film violence. Kimber's 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.

'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

Shaun Kimber is a Senior Lecturer in the Media School at Bournemouth University.

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First book length analysis of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and its controversy
Wide-ranging exploration of the film's controversy, censorship and classification in the US and UK
The role of production, circulation, exhibition, marketing and advertising in the film's controversy
The examination of the views of audiences, critics and academics at the time and in the years since
Detailed textual analysis of the most controversial, violent and censored scenes in the film

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.

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SHAUN KIMBER is a Senior Lecturer in the Media School at Bournemouth University, UK. 

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SHAUN KIMBER is a Senior Lecturer in the Media School at Bournemouth University, UK. 

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