Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer 2 : Mask of Sanity title

Tag Line : Guess who's back in the neighbourhood.

Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer 2 : Mask of SanityAn extremely disappointing follow up to John McNaughton's classic shocker is all I can really say about this sequel. Picking up some time after the events of part 1, we see that Henry (now played by Neil Giutolini) is broke and living in a homeless shelter, along with a lot of street low-life's.

Looking for a way to earn some money, he stumbles across a job at a plant hire firm where he soon befriends a married couple named Kai (Rich Komenich) and Cricket (Kate Walsh), who allow him to rent a room off them.

However Kai and his boss are also secretly running an insurance scam racket, burning down properties for greedy landlords and Henry soon gets involved as well. However, when a couple of hapless teenagers stumble in on them during a job, it gives Henry the chance to introduce Kai to the joys of cold blooded murder.

And so each night after work, they go out together and burn a few buildings down, then stop off and murder a few couples on the way home. But tensions run high when Kai finally decides that killing is not his thing, and Cricket discovers that her simpleton niece Louisa (Carri Levinson) has been visiting Henry's room during the night (if you know what I mean).

Looks like the end of another beautiful relationship, but then what did you expect from a serial killer? To be fair, the film isn't really THAT bad, but it's very pale in comparison to the original. Directed by Chuck Parello, fans of the original will undoubtedly be disappointed by the absence of the original star Michael Rooker.

Overall Marks : 4/10

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Director Chuck Parello also directed the biopic "Ed Gein" in 2000 and "The Hillside Stangler" in 2004.
     

  • Michael Rooker was asked to reprise his role as Henry, but he declined.
     

  • US TV actor Neil Guitolini also starred as Jigger in the Steven King film "The Shawshank Redemption", he also appeared as Eddie in the original "Child's Play", as well as appearing in the war film "Memphis Belle".
     

  • Original producer Waleed B. Ali returned to work on this feature. His only other credits appear to be a string of features about the assassination of John F Kennedy.
     

  • Rich Komenich also starred in the 1996 action film "Chain Reaction" with Keanu Reeves.
     

  • Several violent scenes were trimmed down at the insistence of the US ratings board. However, most of the cut footage can be seen in the documentary on the US DVD.

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