Sure, there are lots of contenders. Night of the Living Dead is one of my favorites. But one of the ones that most seared my brain was Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986).
The movie is about serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas and his partner, Ottis Toole. No one knows how many people they killed. Lucas was eventually convicted of killing 11 people. He confessed to 600 murders, but most are said to be false confessions. Controversy swirls around the case, as Lucas died in 2001.
Toole also confessed to many homicides and was suspected of many more. No one knows how many Toole killed either. He was convicted of six homicides and authorities stated after he died that Toole was the killer of Adam Walsh, John Walsh’s son. John Walsh is the host of the TV show America’s Most Wanted.
I rented the movie when it first came out.
I was visiting my folks at the time, and everyone had gone out. My sis came home at home point and went upstairs. She heard the evil movie and came downstairs looking disturbed. She moved gingerly into the living room, and squeaked out a question, “What is this?”
The audio sounded bad, but what was on screen was worse. Henry and Otis were whooping it up, massacring a whole precious family for no damn reason at all other than sheer good times.
“It’s Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer.”
She looked at the screen, then looked back at me, sitting there, with a blank look on my face, head cocked sideways, strange, glazed look in my eyes, mouth slightly agape. She looked like couldn’t decide which was scarier, me or the movie. She left the room real quick and never came back.
When I say this is the most evil movie ever made, that means I hated it, right?
Of course not. Actually, I loved it.
Rent it sometime, unless you’re chicken.