Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas is not a classical low-budget blunder trying toHenry_Lee_Lucas_Sabato cash in on the fact that it’s about serial killer. Granted, the budget was small, but that did not make a big impact on the movie. Script is well written and constructed, concentrating more on the characters and less on the gore. Antonio Sabato Jr., what a fucking name. As one of those C listers, he did a relatively good job. Director Michael Feifer already made a couple of serial killer movies (Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield, Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck, Boston Strangler: The Untold Story) and you can see that he knows what he wants to do. Realistically portraying the torture in his childhood years, that later on led to his twisted personality, movie is not afraid to make a bit longer scenes, just to make you a bit more uncomfortable. Henry Lee Lucas was a serial killer that, imprisoned, confessed to over 600 murders.

Truth is that we really do not know how many victims he killed, due to his false confessions that were rewarded by the police by better treatment. Overall, do not expect a masterpiece, or some innovative and strange things in it, but more of familiar style of directing with the focus on the story. If you want to go further than that, you can start analyzing events in his childhood and their impact on his killing urges. Was it all his fault, or were there other culprits? Movie did manage to stick to the actual story of Henry, so it’s not all dramatization and imagined events, like some of the recent movies. They slap a “based on a true events” sticker on it, and hope that it will sell better. This is not the case here. Enjoy.

Director: Michael Feifer

Cast: Antonio Sabato Jr., John Diehl, Kostas Sommer, Kelly Curran, Caia Coley, Thomas Garner

Fun Facts: Director Michael Feifer who was previously responsible for another serial killer movie, B.T.K Bundy.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1336621/

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