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Gacy (2003 movie)

1 rating: -3.0
A movie directed by Clive Saunders

The most prolific serial killer in American history, John Wayne Gacy (Mark Holton) kept his secret by appearing as a model citizen in his suburban Chicago neighborhood--even going so far as to volunteer as a clown at a local hospital. But as other side … see full wiki

Genre: Drama
Release Date: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Gacy (2003 movie)

Gacy aka The Crawl Space

  • Jun 10, 2003
Pros: none

Cons: ......

The Bottom Line: _______________

The title is the most interesting thing in this boring 88 minute film. I was enjoying a slice ‘em & dice ‘em weekend and Gacy topped it off like CoolWhip on lemon pie. It just wasn’t meringue. In fact, the only thing stiffly beaten in this movie was that abysmal crawl space theory.

Gacy stars Mark Holton as John Wayne Gacy, ‘Stars’ in this instance simply refers to the person playing the part, not to in anyway stipulate acting ability.

As one of the most vile and horrific serial killers to date, Gacy was known to kidnap or lure his victims, kill them and store the bodies in the crawl space under his house. Much like Dahmer, I wonder the incredibility of storing decomposing flesh under the house I sit and eat dinner in – the smell, what about the friggin smell? Of course the smell is addressed more than once, as well as the toxic run-off from his sump pump which dumped into a neighbors garden. Would have thought it would have made the ‘maters grow large and fleshy.

In this release attention is paid to the fact that Gacy was loved around town, a favorite at children’s parties for his clown stunts, and for some reason, loved by his wife who was quite attractive. His children, in this movie, took more after their father running to the plump side. Gacy was a big boy in the movie, dirty and unkept, he simply could not have talked me into a single damn thing.

For the most part, the young men shown were much different than Dahmer’s victims. They worked for Gacy or were acquaintances of people that worked for Gacy. Although his ‘habits’ were often discussed over lunch, still the young men went with him alone knowing he preferred to play hide the salami than offer any real mentoring.

Most of the film dealt with the crawl space death house he used. It would often show Gacy’s old car puttering into the driveway, a quick shot to his wife looking all troubled, a shot of the garden shed and the next thing you know you have old porky dragging a body down through the crawl space. A lot of crawl space dragging. It gets a little boring, and then slightly humorous after a while when he starts running out of places to plant his victims – in a sick sort of way.

As with Dahmer, the officials came to his home several times about missing people and complaints of the vile odor, again nothing is done. I would have thought the police could recognize the odor, just call me foolish.

The acting in the entire movie simply wasn’t. Line delivery was poor, interaction between actors was sitff, facial expressions and mannerisms was far from life like. The script itself was probably the worst I’ve seen in a long time and the cinematography was just a failure. The most exciting thing about this movie is the video cover – period.

Directed by Clive Saunders and written by David Birke & Clive Saunders. Don’t bother.



Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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