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Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 February 2010 (USA)
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A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

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Alex Moss
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Stan
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Guard Thompson
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Glen Phillips
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Professor Harris
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Butcher Shop Victim
Michaela Mann ...
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Desk Guard
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A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

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Would you write to a serial killer? [Scandinavian DVD.]

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing sexual content including graphic dialogue, language throughout and some violence | See all certifications »

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Quotes

Glen Phillips: [when getting handcuffs put on him] So what's the trick?
John Wayne Gacy: [starts choking him] The TRICK... is to find the key!
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This film is based on the story of Jason Moss, as told by him in the book entitled "The Last Victim". Mr. Moss' recounting of certain events could not be verified. See more »

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Trance Music
Performed by Grinder
Written by Daniel Lenz
Published by Electric Splash Music
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Dancing With The Devil
15 May 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

For a college term paper, a rather naive young man named Jason Moss (played by actor improbably named Jesse Moss) decides to interview notorious, real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy (William Forsythe). The story, which is true, is set in the early 1990s.

Gacy was convicted in 1980 of killing over thirty Chicago area boys and young men in the 1970s, and was on death row when Moss sent Gacy the initial written inquiry. Through the plot, the two correspond via letter and talk on the phone. Eventually, Gacy arranges for a personal visit from Moss.

Jason comes across as smart, ambitious, and a bit smug and cocky. At no time does he express any genuine interest in Gacy as a person. Instead, Jason hopes to gain the confidence of Gacy so as to learn details about Gacy's experiences that law enforcement and the FBI were unable to learn. Jason's motives are thus somewhat selfish, and aimed at furthering his own academic career. I really didn't much sympathize with him or his tactics. And of course Gacy, the killer who dressed up as a clown, was truly evil. In short, there's no one to root for in this film.

This is an unusual movie in that close-up camera shots of characters comprise much, if not most, of the scenes. Lighting is conventional. The film offers little in the way of suspense. It comes across as a TV docu-drama. Casting and acting are acceptable.

For viewers interested in true crime stories, "Dear Mr. Gacy" offers a strange after-the-fact twist to a dreadful episode. And at the film's very end, the script makes a startling revelation about one of the real-life characters.


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