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Gacy

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DEJ Productions, DVD, 2003, Rated R, 1 hr. 29 min.

John Wayne Gacy is known for being the most prolific serial killer in American history.  A demented man who posed as a model citizen in suburban Chicago and volunteered as a clown at a local hospital, Gacy kept the dead bodies of more than 30 men in the crawl space under his home and it is estimated he killed over 2,000 men.  Gacy (also known as The Crawl Space) is about the killings of this sick man.

Too bad the movie made about as much sense as Gacy's senseless murders.  There is a short opening scene in which Gacy's father beats the young boy, but other than that, there is no explanation given for his murderous rage other than the fact that he's a closet homosexual.  

The movie jumps from the beating scene to a shot that says: "After serving 18 months in the Iowa State Reformatory for sodomizing a boy, John Wayne Gacy was paroled. He returned to his birthplace, Chicago to try to put his life back together."  The movie then jumps to Gacy around the table with his wife and kids and never explains how he hid his past (and present, for that matter) from his wife and the community.  

Gacy's occupation is also unclear.  A painter?  Carpenter?  Who knows!  It was something that required him to have a lot of male helpers.  It's also unclear why the cops took so long to arrest him after a kid complained he had abused him.  And why did he kill some young men and not others?  Why didn't the cops or neighbors (who continuously complained about the horrible smell coming from his house) figure out that the stench was from something dead and decaying?  I wasn't looking for a documentary telling of Gacy's life, but I was hoping the movie would at least answer basic questions about his life.

The movie's scenes seem to be thrown together in random order.  I think the point was to make the movie disturbing by making it disjointed, but it only served to make it confusing.   Certain scenes in the movie held my interest, but overall the movie was slow-paced and incoherent.    

Mark Holton, who was Pee-Wee Herman's nemesis Francis in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, was perfectly cast as Gacy and could have really excelled with a more challenging script. I would have liked to see more of him in his clown costume too!

The commentary on the DVD is rather boring and doesn't offer a lot of incite into the characters but gives many anecdotes about the making of the movie.  And it's never a good sign when the director isn't doing the commentary.

Gacy (Holton)
Gacy (Holton)

Tom (Weber), Gacy's new roommate
 Tom (Weber), Gacy's new roommate

Eddie (Hankin) and Gacy (Holton)
 Eddie (Hankin) and Gacy (Holton)

Bugs in the crawl space
Bugs in the crawl space

This is why I don't like clowns
This is why I don't like clowns

Gacy and victim
Gacy and victim

Say bye bye to the car and the nice young man
Say bye-bye to the car and the nice young man

The DVD special features include:

  • Actor and Producer commentary
  • Scene Selections
  • Trailer
  • Spanish and English

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QUICK FACTS

Studio

DEJ Productions

Genre

Horror

Rating

R

Length

89 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Mark Holton

John Wayne Gacy

Adam Baldwin

John Gacy Sr.

Tom Waldman

Hal

Charlie Weber

Tom

Allison Lange

Gretchen

Edith Jefferson

Mother Gacy

Joleen Lutz

Kara Gacy

Scott Allen Henry

Young Gacy

Kenneth Swartz

Dave

Matt Farnsworth

Stu

Jeremy Lelliot

Little Stevie

Larry Hankin

Eddie Bloom

Mickey Swenson

Detective Ritzik

Dan Bell

Detective Dunne

John Laughlin

Detective Kay

 

CREW

Clive Saunders

Director

Sue Rodgers

Producer

Larry Rattner

Producer

Kristian Bernier

Cinematographer

Leonard Shapiro

Executive Producer

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 8/11/2003

 
   

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