Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Movie review: Gacy

Based on the true story of John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer who lived life portraying himself as a good citizen, even volunteering as a clown at a local hospital.

Mark Holton (Gacy Jr), Adam Baldwin (Gacy Sr), Tom Waldman (Hal), Charlie Weber (Tom), Edith Jefferson (Mother Gacy), Scott Allen Henry (Young John Gacy).

This movie had potential written all over it. To bad it was only on the surface since the film lacked any depth whatsoever. Of course the plot is well known but where this movie did well was with the details. How the boys were stalked, lured, murdered, then buried. How the problem of decomposition was addressed by Gacy and although noticed by his neighbors, nobody pulled the alarm on him. How disposal of victims personal effects were handled. How Gacy handled suspicion by friends, employees, and police. All of those things were displayed with excellent creativity, detail, and emotion. From a horror flick or serial killer perspective, just lovely. But from a drama or action perspective, the movie lacked depth.

Holton did a good job as Gacy but not a single person in supporting roles brought any kind of emotion or generated any kind of audience connection with their performance. Flat, dull, and lacking are the words that come to mind.

With the plot used and the focus on detail this could have been an incredibly shocking film but due to the lack of acting, it completely fell flat. Unless you are a die-hard serial killer fan looking for tips-and-tricks of the trade, don’t even put this one on your viewing list.

Due to mature concepts, violence, blood and gore, language, drug use, and the disgusting thought that decaying human corpses turn to goo which can be pumped out of a crawlspace with a sump pump. . . Leave this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2003
Reviewed: 3.25.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Serial Killers, Slashers

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