The true story of a model citizen, loving father & 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.
It starts out in Wisconsin, 1953, a young Gacy goes fishing with his father and they argue. At home, he usually stays in his room a lot because his father beats him. He would crawl under the basement to hide too. He starts picking up his father’s traits and more. After serving eighteen months in a reformatory for sodomizing a boy, Gacy is paroled and he returns to his birthplace, Chicago, in 1976 with his family: mother, wife, and two daughters, to put his life back together. He has a job and volunteers as a clown at children’s hospitals.
Gacy picks up young men in various ways, from dressing as a cop to offering cash to hiring them to work for him. He’d do magic tricks with them, tie rope around their necks until they suffocate so he can play with them before killing and burying them in his basement.
Gacy’s neighbors complain of a stench and bugs in his basement and kids find maggots there. Throughout the film, he keeps trying to cover up the smell in his basement. He starts burying them in a field. Gacy’s wife starts getting suspicious of his basement work. She finds pants that aren’t his, handcuffs, bed, rope, magazines of men. Eventually, she takes the kids and leaves. Police start questioning Gacy and his neighbors about missing men. A detective starts noticing peculiarities relating to Gacy and his workers. Surveillance is set up on his home. And eventually the gruesome truth is revealed!
The plot is pretty boring. It just follows Gacy around his home and at a hardware store where he meets teens to help out at his home and to “fool around” for money which he was always late on paying. It’s very boring. *yawn*
The atmosphere is very laid back with not much feeling about anything. There are a few scenes that get frantic but very few.
The cinematography is mediocre, nothing special and limited in locations. It all adds up to one BORING monotony. SFX? Nothing good.
The cast is rather lackluster. I only recognized two actors.
Glenn Morshower, CIA agent, Aaron, from “24”, plays Ted Boyle, Gacy’s boss.
Mark Holton plays John Wayne Gacy, Jr.. You might remember him as Chubby in Teen Wolf (1985). He does his best here but the writers did not do a good job. I believe Mark could have taken this role and run with it, IF the script was better. We see him being kind, consoling, angry, sadistic, and insane. The best acting is when he starts hearing voices in his head.
This is an awful serial killer movie, an awful movie. This cannot all be accurate because some things just seem unrealistic. Gacy is portrayed as a dumb, lazy buffoon but in reality, I doubt he was like that in real life. There is no way he covered up all of those murders without being very smart. Although, how he really was caught was rather stupid. Don’t expect an accurate view of Gacy here. I recommend “To Catch a Killer” (1992) with Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy, one of the best films on Gacy. 1.5/5
A last few true facts on Gacy. It’s estimated that Gacy picked up over two-thousand men, twenty-nine found under his home, four from a river. He was killed by lethal injection on May 10, 1995, and his last words were “kiss my ass”. Good riddance I say!!