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Dear Mr. Gacy [Blu-ray]
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I've also seen several crime documentaries about Jason Moss' experience studying Gacy. It's disturbing and unsettling to know that there are people who seem to have mastered the ability to manipulate and terrorize someone to the point of controlling them psychologically. Getting inside the mind of someone like that would be a life-changing and horrible thing to deal with. I hate to imagine what it's like as a detective, profiler, psychologist or worst of all - a victim - to realize that you are dealing with a person that is consumed by violence, narcissism and a lust for total control with no regard for human life - including yours.
William Forsythe was every bit as formidable and convincing as Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs ... two characters that are mesmerizing and terrifying because of the destructive use of their intelligence and the ability to gain people's trust in order to dominate them. But in this film I find it to be especially disturbing because from what I've seen and read it's (for the most part) what I consider to be an accurate portrayal of an actual, horrible event in history.
Be sure to read "the rest of the story" right before the credits. For me it really drove home the point that the impact a sick mind can achieve if they gain control is a powerful thing that can result in a multitude of damaging, violent and deadly consequences - way beyond what is obvious.
I don't know how closely this film follows the book, so the following review is based solely on the film's own merit.
In the film, Jason Moss (coincidentally played by an actor named Jesse Moss) decides to write his college thesis on serial killers. Posing as a troubled admirer, he sends a letter to convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy (William Forsythe). To his surprise, Gacy responds to it. Doing whatever he can to gain Gacy's trust and get access to the darkest parts of his mind, Moss develops a frighteningly close bond with Gacy that begins taking a toll on his real life.
It's troubling that Dear Mr. Gacy debuted on Canadian television and was followed with a direct-to-DVD release. Films released this way are rarely of high-quality and many people see a direct-to-DVD release as a badge of mediocrity. This is not the case with Dear Mr. Gacy. What we have here is a film that is not a horror film, but gets under your skin more effectively than any theatrically-released horror film that I can recall being released in 2010.Read more ›
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If you already seen the Gacy's first movie, you have to see this one.
It is really good true story movie!
I recommend the movie. For those who know about what happened the movie is quite depressing, but informative. The movie is 'low-budget'.Published 4 months ago by lurvin
Great movie if you like watching movies about serial killersPublished 7 months ago by sherri rollan
Love this movie seen it like 25 times before I paid for the actual movie. The one thing I think is stupid is the special features why didn't they include the music video base off... Read morePublished 7 months ago by keith
Dear Mr. Gacy, 2009 film
This is based on a true story that happened in Chicago about the worst serial killer. The bodies were discovered before Christmas. Read more
Outstanding William Forsythe performance.
Very intense Gacy portrayal. Has a silence of the lambs vibe.
I loved it.