Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

  • Ashley M. Donnelly


This chapter offers an analysis of John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), a precise and exemplary piece of blank cinema. It demonstrates the blank movement’s use of the serial killer figure as an especially powerful tool for social and political criticism. It is a cinematic work of phenomenological interrogation of a serial murderer.


Serial killer Violence Death Horror Torture Apathy Subversion Culture industry Rape Waning of affect Other Television 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley M. Donnelly
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  1. 1.Department of TelecommunicationsBall State UniversityMuncieUSA

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