Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

I just watched Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer last night. My husband said it was realistic, and he was right. Henry, played by Michael Rooker, is a serial killer (based on the real serial killer Henry Lee Lucas) who just so happens to live with a man not unlike himself (crazy, that is) named Ottis Toole.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a movie that makes you realize that things like this happen every day, all over the world. To know that there are people like Henry and Ottis out there is just…scary. It makes you want to double-bolt your doors, and keep looking over your shoulder. It makes you wonder about those people you think you know…your neighbors, even your family and friends. You never know…

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Ready. Set. Kill!

Although Battle Royale came out a while ago (thirteen years ago in Japan), I just now read the book. My husband and I bought the movie not long ago, so I wanted to read the book first. Battle Royale is a really good book. After I read the first few chapters, I thought, “I have to finish this to see who wins and what happens in between”. I also enjoyed the little interviews with the director and the author.

Battle Royale has gore (DUH!),humor, and a lot of sad parts, which is what I expected. It is an all around very entertaining book. I was surprised at some of the students who were killed. Some I expected (and hoped) would live, but I ended up being wrong about them. It may sound strange, but I was rooting for some students and others (a select few) I hated. They were so cold-hearted, but I am sure that’s how Takami wanted it. This book leaves you thinking, “Could I go against the people I care for…the people I’ve known all my life? What would I do?”

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