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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

ISBN 9780230297982
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Controversies

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1985) is a cold-eyed character study based on convicted murderer Henry Lee Lucas. Shaun Kimber's examination of the controversies surrounding the film considers the history and implications of censors' decisions on both sides of the Atlantic, revealing a wide range of social fears relating to film violence.

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

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 

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
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