Model citizen, devoted father, loving husband and serial killer John Wayne Gacy - a man with over 30 dead men and boys entombed in the crawl space underneath his family house. Based on a true story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gacy, Sr.
Tom Waldman ...
Edith Jefferson ...
Mother Gacy
Joleen Lutz ...
Kara Gacy
Scott Alan Henry ...
Little Stevie (as Jeremy Lelliot)
Roger (as Joe Sikora)
Joe Roncetti ...
Eddie Adams ...


Wisconsin, 1953. John Gacy, Sr. forces his fat teenage son to have sexual relations with him during a fishing trip. Iowa, 1968. The adult John Wayne Gacy Jr. is convicted of sodomy and after 18 months he is released and settles in Des Plaines near Chicago. From 1972, John Wayne Gacy, Jr. grows up as a respected family father and businessman, even tipped for a political career with the Democrats. Alas, while he loudly abhors homosexuality, the monster uses the crawl space under his home for the vice of his abusive father: over 30 innocent boys and teenagers end up buried there, after horrible abuse ending in torturous death, causing it to reek unspeakably, being full of insects decomposing the stream of young corpses. Some victims worked for him, others he just picked up 'for fun' or lured in under various pretenses. Written by KGF Vissers

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Friend. Neighbor. Killer.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Crawl Space  »

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Tom Kovacs is a composite of two actual youngsters that lived with John Wayne Gacy during his murder spree. See more »


In several scenes palm trees can be seen growing wild. There are no outdoor palm trees in the Des Plaines area. See more »


Det. Ritzik: We'd like to search your house.
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.: You got a warrant?
Det. Ritzik: Well, no.
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.: Fuck off, douchebag!
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Referenced in Killer Legends (2014) See more »


Written by Erik Godal
Performed by Erik Godal
Courtesy of Castle Creek Music
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Could/Should have been way better.

"Gacy" is a great example of a film that tries to do way too much and tries way too hard to do it. We are treated to a very vague portrait of a man who was an historically vicious serial killer. Along the way there are attempts at comedy that do not work at all, too many victims that look too much like actors, and a lot of nonsense that couldn't have happened and never really did happen.

Keep in mind that the movie was penned by a screenwriter, it is not any kind of J.W. Gacy biography. If you view it with this in mind, I suppose it could be mildly entertaining, but if seen through intelligent eyes, it stands out as an exploitative, ridiculous and overly ambitious serial killer thriller film that romps through way too much unnecessary filler material.

Not scary, not funny, not realistic. Not recommended.

3 out of 10, kids.

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