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Gacy (2003)

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"Based on a true story of serial killer a model citizen, loving father and husband and serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a man with over 30 dead men and boys entombed in the crawl space underneath his house which he shared with his family."

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Review Date: 21 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5


The latest 'based on a true story' serial killer thriller is equally as disturbing as the recent 'Dahmer' and 'Ted Bundy'.

Based on the notorious true life crimes of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was convicted for the murders of men and sentenced to death, the film paints a truly repugnant picture of what actually happened before Gacy was finally caught.

The fact that the film begins AFTER Gacy has already served months imprisonment for sodomising a young boy, brings an instant dislike to the character, especially as the first scene shows the family man at the dinner table with his wife and kids!!

What follows is an assault on the senses as the filthy, letcherous,sadistic torturing rapist pig pillages his way through the cast of twentysomething males, and even a female!!

For those of you who don't know, Gacy buried his victims under the crawlspace of his home which causes all manner of bug problems that do nothing to relieve the viewer's tension.

By far the worst scenes however are the ones where the viewer knows the victim's fate before they do, as these are very tense moments.

The film works purely because Mark Holton became Gacy. You know an actor has done his job when the sight of him repulses you and you struggle to differentiate between character and actor.

The supporting cast which included 'Buffy's' Charlie Weber and 'Roswell's' Allison Lange are very good, and British Director Clive Saunders successfully unsettles the viewer with his competent direction, refusing to substitute substance for style and showcasing one wonderful moment of misdirection that actually made me jump (which I haven't done for a long time).

In all, probably the most repulsive of the recent serial killer films, although 'Ted Bundy' comes a close second.

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