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Gacy (2003)

Mark Holton , Adam Baldwin , Clive Saunders  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Holton, Adam Baldwin, Tom Waldman, Charlie Weber, Allison Lange
  • Directors: Clive Saunders
  • Writers: Clive Saunders, David Birke
  • Producers: Hilary Six, Larry Rattner, Leonard Shapiro, Scott Hohnbaum, Susan R. Rodgers
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OSD9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gacy" on IMDb

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not About Gacy December 17, 2004
Okay, so the one thing I've noticed from previous reviewers is that they were all looking for the same thing from this film: a deeper glimpse inside Gacy. But that concept has been so played in films about serial killers. In fact, it's been played twice--quite adequately, in fact--with respect to Gacy himself.

I think this film attempts to do the reverse. To look at how the community reacts while all these murders are going on right on their doorstep. This movie is different. It's a parody, complete with almost "Texas-Chainsaw" gore for effect, to show how Gacy was able, for years, to rape and kill marginalized young men right under the noses of his "unsuspecting" neighbors. It also has a darkly comic undertone to it. Just watch this movie and think about how many people come and go from his house and how many people complain of the smell, all the while, 29 bodies rotting in the basement. I almost found myself rooting for Gacy against the idiotic neighborhood.

Forget Gacy. This movie is aimed at us, and I think it does a pretty damned good job.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where are we??? June 5, 2005
I know the John Wayne Gacy story, I live in Chicago, how could I not???

But where are we in this movie? The scenes follow no order and give the audience no clue as to where we are in his life at any given point in the movie. Not only that, but most of the scenes seem to "cut off" too early as if they were edited for TV to fill a time-slot. The whole thing is one big confusing mess.

That being said, the portrayal of Gacy by Mark Houlton was really good. He looks like him physically and pulls off friendly, yet scary appearance very well. He makes this movie worth watching. THe one thing that the writers/directors did well in this was to not get psychological. They simply portray what was actually done, without trying to explain WHY Gacy killed people. He was a serial killer, nobody knows what he was thinking... THe movie succeeded in staying very objective.

Worth watching on a rainy day.

P.S. NOt really much discussed about POGO the clown, even though it's on the cover.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars could've been much better May 23, 2003
This movie is a virtual candyland of missed opportunities. first, like a lot of serial killer movies, it's structured almost as a series of episodic vignettes, which is okay, but here they don't flow together all that well (here's gacy digging in the he's wrestling with young he's cruising the streets, etc). the filmmakers didn't seem to realize that there was an actual straightforward story here. second, and most heinous, is that a lot of what's presented is just flat-out WRONG! Whole chunks of the Gacy story are, for no good reason, left out--chunks that would've made the film much better, such as his back story, his civic & political activitism. the events leading to his arrest are wholly inaccurate, too. (and what was the deal with the two sleazy detectives, anyway? they look like they wandered onto the set from the David Lynch movie shooting on the next lot over.) in the end, Gacy drives away, the bodies are found, we see Gacy in jail, and...the movie ends!! no trial, no outraged neighbors, none of Gacy's bogus "Jack Handley" defense, no gas chamber, nada. In short, they cut out anything that might have made this a dramatically compelling film. A much MUCH better movie about the Gacy case is TO CATCH A KILLER, with Brian Dennehy playing Gacy.
The only reason to see this movie is the amazing performance by Mark Holton as Gacy. i was skeptical going in; I figured I'd be thinking of him as francis from Pee-wee's Big Adventure the whole time, but he actually does a stunning job. why isn't this guy working more anyway?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sick movie August 16, 2009
Gacy was a disturbing movie to watch. It's about a guy who does the worst things imaginable to teenage boys. Eventually the bugs and the smell get so bad... yeah it's the kind of storyline that will make you think... and make you sick.

The movie moves along at a pace that's almost too realistic. The guy going around doing horrible things to boys has serious problems in his head because of his father beating and sexually abusing him as a child.

Eventually the cops get suspicious, soon after his wife finds out about her husbands sexual preferences by way of magazines he has hidden away (but that's all- she did NOT know about the other bad things he was doing at the time).

The guy has serious mental problems too- people would call him names and he would totally flip out with unbelievable rage. It was incredibly disturbing how many murders he was getting away with. It seemed whenever he was committing a murder nobody would be around to catch him in the act.

The movie seems to focus on the roaches and worms crawling around the dead bodies. Why I don't know. Unless the movie directors wanted to focus on how disgusting it is when dead bodies are rotting away. The bodies were stored in his basement.

It was interesting how the guys neighbors, the cops, and other people all noticed an extremely bad smell but didn't realize what was causing it or where it was coming from. Also interesting is that the guys wife and mother didn't even notice any smell. Perhaps the writers forgot to include them in the nose-grabbing stink scenes!

I thought the movie was easy to understand, not really confusing, and the story rolled along at a comfortable and understandable pace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
These serial killer films are really hit or miss, most of them are misses, for a variety of reasons. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Todd Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good!
Don't waste your time, or money, on this movie. It was awful. The acting wasn't very good and it didn't really cover anything to do with Gacy's personal life or upbringing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sugar Kane
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes your skin crawl
Based on the real-life mass murderer--It's hard to fathom that this guy could have fooled all his family and friends/neighbors for so long and be this twisted up inside. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MirajaniHiggins
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably Deserves More
Gacy was an intriguing, torn individual. A poor devil toiling mightily to resolve antagoning internal warfare. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard L. Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Makes Your Skin Crawl -- and Your Eyes Roll
I was born in Iowa in the early 60s, within an hour drive or so of where John Wayne Gacy was a manager of three Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KIRK A RADECK
2.0 out of 5 stars IT STINKS!
The title selected for this review reflects both the movie and Gacy's crawlspace. Many have given kudos to the actor playing Gacy and they are deserved. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LMG
4.0 out of 5 stars Creeeeeepy
I watched this movie years ago and when a friend started talking about it I knew I had to see it again. I couldn't find it for rent anywhere, so I thought I would just buy it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by MaryMargaretW13
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
this was a pretty ok movie the actor was great but they could have done sooo much more with it
Published 13 months ago by Catherine J. Masarika
4.0 out of 5 stars weird
this guy was nuts. it was a good movie but kinda hard to follow at times. I would recommend it
Published 13 months ago by Donna
3.0 out of 5 stars just ok
i thought this would be more of a life based movie. i tend to think that a lot of this was made up with just some true facts. it was just ok.
Published 14 months ago by andrea rouan
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