John Wayne Gacy was accused and convicted of the brutal homosexual torture slayings of 33 young men and boys...but many believe his total could be much higher. This video will explore the many sides of John Wayne Gacy with case facts, profile interviews and re-enactments that aren't available anywhere.
(If you don't like a little "dark humor," I'd recommend not reading my review. You've been warned.)
The problem with this documentary isn't that it doesn't have value -- my apologies for using a double negative -- but rather that it is somewhat boring.
Sure, it gives pretty decent background information. I've seen maybe all the "major" movies made about John Wayne Gacy. "To Catch a Killer" is easily the best of the bunch, although for the life of me, I can't understand why Amazon doesn't have that underrated film available for streaming. I had to go to a popular site -- guess which one? -- and watch it there. The video quality was awful, but Brian Dennehy is terrific in the role. It's almost as if Amazon pulled out their own "rope trick" and yanked the film from the site. And I've read at least one book on the subject: "Killer Clown" is, well, pretty killer, but it surely isn't very funny. But then again, neither are clowns, usually. So, I'm pretty knowledgeable about the crimes of Mr. Gacy, and so for me, that might've been part of the problem here.
It might be the case that if you're new to this case, this might be a pretty decent documentary. I don't know, because that's not how I was introduced to it, once again. But that would be my gut feeling, and so for those people, I might give a mild recommendation. But for people who do know a lot about this case, I might give it a minor pass.
Well, John Wayne Gacy was somewhat interesting -- may his soul rest in peace (not) -- but this documentary is sadly not, at least for me. If you have this on DVD, maybe you just might want to toss it into the attic, and read "Killer Clown" instead. Or may even watch "To Catch a Killer" instead (or best "too") because, while they might leave you feeling as cold as if you've slept all night in a crawlspace, they both are surprisingly good.
Because I live a few towns west of where Gacy lived I've pretty much watched and read everything about him. I thought this short doc was good because I learned 3 interesting facts I didn't know before. One, Gacys mother was a pharmacist and she gave him some pretty serious drugs starting as early as age 5, in a twisted attempt to cure what she thought was a "bottleneck heart" she thought Gacy had.
Two, he was caught in the crawl space of his childhood home with a pair of his mother's underwear. Interesting that a crawl space plays an early role in this case.
Third, I never heard before that Robert Piest's blue winter coat was found in a brown paper bag in Gacy's crawl space e en though his body was found in the river.
Because I learned a few new tidbits about this freak that I never heard before, it was worth $1.99.
This is a little better than the other 20 minute documentary on Amazon, but this one still comes across as a low budget production. There's simply not much out there for media coverage on this case, so it's probably better to just read the book, Killer Clown, to get a comprehensive study of Gacy.
this is a very in depth movie over the life of john wayne gacy , very descriptive and informative . i like that it gave some interviews with gacy and just hearing his words rang out even louder and scarier of how weird this man trluy was. for a biography this was a good one . it goes more into the life and the history and ideas of why he did what he did.
Really, I give "Unlicensed Cemetery" only two-and-a-half out of five stars.
This documentary is amateurish, and reports some events inaccurately, at least when compared to other sources, such as Sam Amirante's "John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster" (Amirante being the attorney who defended Gacy).
Some of the interviews in this movie could have included better explanations of how the interviewee fit into the investigation or how they'd been associated with Gacy. Also, the same two-note score played throughout the whole movie. After a little while, it grates.
Overall, this lacked the professional cohesiveness that a documentary should have, especially when the topic is so tragic and somber. No new insights into the character of the killer or those who captured him or any he destroyed.