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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Holton ... John Wayne Gacy
Adam Baldwin ... John Gacy, Sr.
Tom Waldman Tom Waldman ... Hal
Charlie Weber ... Tom
Allison Lange ... Gretchen
Edith Jefferson Edith Jefferson ... Mother Gacy
Joleen Lutz ... Kara Gacy
Scott Alan Henry Scott Alan Henry ... Young Gacy
Kenneth Swartz ... Dave
Matt Farnsworth ... Stu
Jer Adrianne Lelliott ... Little Stevie (as Jeremy Lelliot)
Joseph Sikora ... Roger (as Joe Sikora)
Oren Skoog ... Jimmy
Joe Roncetti Joe Roncetti ... Peter
Eddie Adams Eddie Adams ... Duane
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crawl Space See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The pictures of clowns in the final sequences are supposed to suggest that they were images painted by John Wayne Gacy. Actually, they are copyrighted collotype reproductions of the work of Cydney Grossman published in 1954. See more »

Goofs

The first bodies were discovered on Gacy's property in the heart of winter, December 1978. In the film, it is always a summer-like weather. See more »

Quotes

Kara Gacy: God only knows what you're doing in there!
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.: What I am doing in that garage is all business related!
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Version of Dear Mr. Gacy (2010) See more »

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Des'ree
Written by Erik Godal
Performed by Erik Godal
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Could/Should have been way better.
15 October 2008 | by coldwaterpdhSee all my reviews

"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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