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Gacy (2002)

Mark Holton , Adam Baldwin , Clive Saunders  |  R |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 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: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RW5BYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,654 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gacy" on IMDb

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John Wayne Gacy was a model citizen that often voluntered as a clown for the children at the local hospital. Shockingly, he kept a gruesome secret. A trail of missing young men led to Gacy's suburbon Chicago home. The nation watched in horror as, one by one, the details of over 30 murders came to light. Soon the bodies of the victims were discovered entombed in the crawl space under his house. Based on a true story one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. "Gacy" will leave you shocked and in disbelief.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not About Gacy 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Where are we??? 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
2.0 out of 5 stars could've been much better 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Holton rocks! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars He's Not Clowning Around January 2, 2004
Format:DVD
Yup, another entry in the direct-to-video-real life serial killer-slasher film franchise. Once again we have a mediocre slasher/suspense flick who's gimmick is to base it's crimes on a real murderer. Try as it may to be a biopic(though how much of it that's truthful is a mystery to me considering I have only basic knowledge of Gacy, but it can't be too accurate), it can't escape it's exploitation elements. Granted, this one takes a little more of a serious approach to it's subject than Ted Bundy did. It looks and plays out like a demented R-rated Lifetime movie. Holton's very good though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars.
I somehow expected more, but this was a good movie. I don't know what else to say, because I don't think anyone could figure out who this John Wayne Gacy really is.
Published 3 months ago by Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Cereal Kyller
This was an awesome flick nothing like a fat pissed off clown movie for anyone's collection. Hey POGO you rocked!
Published 3 months ago by Ucrazy2
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 11 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 15 months ago by California Dreaming
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 15 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 16 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 19 months ago by Catherine J. Masarika
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