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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: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OSD9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gacy" on IMDb

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As far as movies go, "Gacy" isn't necessarily a bad film.
A Hermit
No one suspects Gacy is hiding bodies of boys in his basement which gives off a rotting smell until the police get involved and start questioning him.
arturo olivo
THe one thing that the writers/directors did well in this was to not get psychological.
Nicholas Rog

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gregory P. Moody on December 17, 2004
Format: DVD
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Rog on June 5, 2005
Format: DVD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John R. Lewis, Jr. on May 23, 2003
Format: DVD
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 crawlspace...now he's wrestling with young boys...now 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Unruh on July 30, 2009
Format: DVD
I finally watched this after reading many reviews on how horrible it was. I definately agree about the acting being horrible by most of the actors. I wish the story was more from point A to point B, showing more of a kill by kill storytelling. Instead it was more of a big picture, everything happening all at once, and showing his relationship with neighbors and ppl in his city. But the thing that makes this movie awesome is Mark Holton as Gacy, he is outstanding. He plays such a smart and outgoing person, unlike the normal profile of sick killers being quiet and reserved, and then he flips over an is one of the creepiest and evil characters i've seen. He did such a good job i gave the movie 4 stars for that reason alone, overall the layout of the movie wasn't what i was hoping for. If they ever do something better they need to follow the same outline of the Ted Bundy movie that came out in 2002.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on August 16, 2009
Format: DVD
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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