1996 / Director. Chuck Parello.
John McNaughton's HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER is one of the most influential and chilling serial killer movies of all time. Critically acclaimed it became an instant cult classic. And so to make a sequel independently from the original with a new actor is a crazy notion. Director Chuck Parello is just that. He has taken the Henry character and continued his exploits. It's not surprising that HENRY 2 is a pale comparison, however, it's also surprising how well this stands on its own. It was a stroke of genius that Parello brought back the composer of the original score (Robert McNaughton) to create an all new, yet reminiscent, body of music. It adds an aura of credibility to what could be perceived as a shameless cash-in flick. The next thing they got right was the casting of Neil Giuntoli as Henry. He looks a lot like Michael Rooker and delivers a creepy and chilling performance. The violence is graphic and while the story is probably too similar to the first film, it still manages to hold your attention... well it did for me anyway. McNaughton's original is classic and seminal and so it deserves to be treated as such... my recommendation is to separate this one and judge it on it's own merits.