Gacy 2003

Gacy

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Real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy (Mark Holton) is the subject of this disturbing biographical drama. Although Gacy is a family man and respected business owner, and even entertains locals as a clown, he hides a murderous pastime. Traumatized by his childhood experiences at the hands of an abusive father (Adam Baldwin), Gacy lures young men to their deaths, hiding their bodies in the crawlspace under his house. As Gacy's grisly rampage continues, the authorities start to close in.

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Critic Reviews for Gacy

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (5)

  • i'm pretty sure Gacy's life wasn't this boring

    July 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • Was this movie really necessary? Sickoid film content is far from entertaining.

    April 20, 2006 | Rating: 1/5
  • Quote not available.

    August 14, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • Gacy channels its horror through bicentennial suburban kitsch, clowns-in-the-closet visuals, and a heaving, foul, maggot-carpeted crawlspace deep with death and lies.

    December 31, 2004
  • We barely learn a thing about [Gacy], other than the fact that his father abused him and he hates his wife.

    May 24, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • In this unenlightening, dramatized account of Gacy's crime spree, first-time writer-director Clive Saunders, working with television writer David Birke, displays little genuine interest in why Gacy killed.

    March 27, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gacy

  • Jan 26, 2014
    Gacy is a disturbing low budget psycho horror film that mixes crime elements with biography to create a decent film that could have been a bit better. Now, I'll go on and say, due to the subject, this is not a film for everyone, and it is a film that is horrifying in terms of the fact that this based on a true life serial killer. Very much like the movie Dahmer starring Jeremy Renner, Gacy, goes into the mind of a depraved and sick individual, thus the subsequent horror is much more significant due to the fact that these events actually happened. Viewers interested in this subject may find this to be a good film. As for me, I thought it was a good little psycho horror film, but one that doesn't necessitate multiple viewings. For what it tries to accomplish, this film succeeds at disturbing its viewers by its story and visuals, and for that, it's an accomplished low budget affair, but one that is inaccurate of the facts, and is mostly played out for entertainment purposes. Mark Holton delivers a good performance in the lead role, but the film could have been so much better as well. However as it is, it's still a disturbing ride into madness, one that will certainly delight fans of these types of films. For a straight to DVD title, Gacy is better than expected, but like I said, could have been a bit better with a tighter script, and focusing more on the facts, then this film really would have stood out and be one of the definitive psycho horror films to watch. Gacy has its flaws, but it does succeed at being unsettling, and I guess that if you're looking for just that, then you ought to watch this film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    John wayne Gacy a real life serial killer, now a horror movie. I liked this movie, but beware it is kind of a slow moving movie.Based on a true story of a serial killer, model citizen,loving father and husband. 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.Mark Holton Does a Great acting job as Gacy.If you like serial killer movies and like to peer into their lives -then you might like this movie.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2009
    The Movies based upon true stories and serial killers are the creepy ones.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2009
    These serial killer films are really hit or miss, most of them are misses, for a variety of reasons. They are usually cheaply made, direct-to-video films, with an inexperienced cast, trying to profiteer on the infamy of these evil men. That being said, I decided to watch Gacy anyway, because of all the insane people who became infamous, John Wayne Gacy, may have been the craziest. This married man with kids, ran a construction business, that only employed young boys, and on the weekends, he made extra money by dressing up as a clown for children's birthday parties. This man was seen as a wimpy, harmless, closeted guy, no one would have ever thought they'd find 27 bodies underneath his house. The producers of the film, Gacy, decided to take it in a different direction than similar films by introducing Gacy as this loveable loser. If you didn't know the story and just popped in the film for the hell of it, I'd have thought this was some kind of comedy....until it wasn't. Veteran character actor, Mark Holton, stars as Gacy and was terrific, he was honestly the only reason to watch the film, especially after it turned. The story is horrific and the rest of the cast amounts to little more than eye candy, but Holton really pulls everything together, takes you inside Gacy's tortured mind, and makes this movie more than just another slasher film. After watching Gacy, I did what everyone else would do and Wiki'ed John Wayne Gacy. I wasn't surprised to see that the film is considered to be wildly inaccurate. Obviously five people aren't going to live in a house with 27 rotting bodies underneath and be almost completely oblivious to it, so I knew the film probably had a lot of bull shit in it. The film does have a talented star that really makes this film much more interesting then the other serial killer bio-pics.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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