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Henry II: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1996)

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Henry II picks up where the original (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) left off. Henry (Neil Giuntoli) takes a thankless job at a port-o-john company where he meets husband and wife, Kai... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Milford ... Woman in Woods
Neil Giuntoli ... Henry
Mike Houlihan Mike Houlihan ... Bartender
James Otis ... Homeless Shelter Man #1
Rich Baker Rich Baker ... Homeless Shelter Man #2
Rich Komenich Rich Komenich ... Kai
Kate Walsh ... Cricket
Carri Levinson Carri Levinson ... Louisa
Daniel Allar Daniel Allar ... Rooter
Bill Pirman Bill Pirman ... Construction Worker (as Bill Pirman Jr.)
Larry Calicchio Larry Calicchio ... Obnoxious Boy #1
Sam Saletta ... Obnoxious Boy #2
Don Rimgale Don Rimgale ... Father of Boys
Kathleen Perkins Kathleen Perkins ... Mother of Boys
Miles Stroth ... Car Salesman


Henry II picks up where the original (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) left off. Henry (Neil Giuntoli) takes a thankless job at a port-o-john company where he meets husband and wife, Kai (Ken Komenich) and Cricket (Kate Walsh). They take pity on the homeless drifter and offer him a room in the home they share with their emotionally fragile teenage niece, Louisa (Carri Levinson). Henry learns that Kai has a side job as an arsonist-for-hire, setting up phony insurance scams to make money for their boss, Rooter (Daniel Allar). He agrees to join Kai and on one of their first outings, they discover two squatters in a building that's been marked for fire. It is then that Henry introduces Kai to his life's work... and the murders begin. Kai has never killed before, but he turns into a willing accomplice. Initially, the two men work well together. But as the killing sprees increase in their depravity, it's more than Kai can handle. He wants out, but he's in too deep. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly murders and violence, sex, language and some drug use | See all certifications »






Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 2 - Mask of Sanity See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarendon Hills, Illinois, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Rooker was offered the chance to reprise the role of Henry Lee Lucas but turned it down. See more »


Kai: I can't believe I did that last night.
Henry: You did it, alright. Next time, it'll be even easier.
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Alternate Versions

Several seconds of graphic violence were removed for the R-rating. However, most of this footage is included on the behind-the-scenes documentary included on the MPI DVD release. See more »


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A Tolerable Sequel to the Masterpiece
8 January 2001 | by pizowellSee all my reviews

You might wonder why Chuck Perello decided to make a sequel to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Did he think that it would live up to the original masterpiece? Of course it didn't. In this installment Henry played by Neil Giuntoli, is looking for work and finds it. Cleaning and delivering porto-johns. He moves in with a co-worker until he gets his feet off the ground. His new friend soon discovers that the quiet soft spoken Henry is a psycho, but he (like Henry's buddy in the original) soon begin killing total strangers for kicks.

While the film has its similarities and differences to the original Perello still manages to acquire a cold empty feeling which was present in the original Henry although not as strongly. Henry 2 tries a more graphic approach toward the murders, but is no less disturbing than the original. Neil Giuntoli approaches the character of Henry in the same way Michael Rooker did, with a certain quiet. But Giutoli is in no way as effective. If you choose to rent Henry 2, enjoy it for it and don't try comparing it to the original, cause you'll just be let down. Let Henry 2 stand on its own two feet.

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