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Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

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  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 17 January 2012 (Portugal)
  • Runtime: 103 min
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  • IMDb page: Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 1,234 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 17 January 2012 (Portugal)
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Filming Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Director: Svetozar Ristovski
  • Stars: William Forsythe, Jesse Moss and Emma Lahana
  • Original Music By: Terry Frewer   
  • Soundtrack: Ain't We Funky
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Obsession | Serial Killer | Interrupted Sex | Motel Sex | Transvestite Prostitute

Writing Credits By:

  • Kellie Madison (screenplay)
  • Clark Peterson (story)
  • Jason Moss (book "The Last Victim") and
  • Jeffrey Kottler (book "The Last Victim")

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    Plot: A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.  »

    Story: A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: Illinois, 1994. As part of his college thesis, 18-year-old Jason Moss (Jesse Moss) decides to write to serial killers and attempt to gain their trust through impersonating a typical victim or admirer. He reasoned that gaining their trust, possibly learning more about their stated crimes or unsolved murders, was a way to distinguish himself as a job candidate.

    He sends a carefully crafted letter to John Wayne Gacy (William Forsythe) in prison, portraying himself as a vulnerable boy. The film unfolds as Gacy, suspicious at first, puts Moss through intense emotional tests via letters and collect calls, and an eventual face-to-face visit in prison.

    The story opens with Moss’s fascination in Gacy’s case as Gacy, having spent 14 years on death row, awaits the court’s decision regarding his final appeal. Moss, an apt criminology student, forms a plan to "get inside the head" of Gacy, hoping to uncover new information regarding Gacy’s murders and write a standout term paper on Gacy in the process.

    He sends Gacy his first letter, and is at first untruthful, telling him he has no girlfriend and a bad relationship with his supposedly controlling and abusive parents. He also states that his little brother, who is being bullied at school, sees him as a hero and would do anything for him. Gacy’s first response is to send a questionnaire regarding Moss’s personal and sex life. Moss, seeing an interview in which Gacy admits to engaging in sodomy, adopts a different tact. He begins working out, taking pictures of himself posing topless, and portraying himself as increasingly vulnerable and lonely in his letters. He informs Gacy that he has considered hustling or nude dancing in order to earn extra money. Gacy, beginning to open up, acts understanding and supportive in his letters, encouraging Moss to take up hustling and even giving him advice on technique and safety precautions, asking Moss to "tell me all about it… don’t hold back."

    Moss, not wanting to lose the connection he has made with Gacy, but unwilling to go quite so far as to sell himself on the street, improvises. He pays a male prostitute to be interviewed so as to provide Gacy with the information he wants. The hustler takes him to a bar, buys him a drink and answers several of his questions before telling Moss to follow him. Standing up, Moss realizes he has been drugged. Fleeing the bar, he manages to get to his car before falling unconscious.

    The next day, Gacy calls, asking how it went. Moss tells him he was approached by a buyer who drugged him before attempting to rape him. Gacy reacts angrily, offering to have the man taken care of. He tells Moss that he is very protective of the people he is close to.

    Over the next few days, Moss and Gacy correspond via phone. Gacy sends him money, shares his beliefs on power and control, and tells Moss that he is his only friend, and that he and Moss "are more alike than you know". Upon Moss’s sharing his brother’s bullying problem with Gacy, Gacy advises him to physically deal with the bully, and encourages him to commit incest with his brother. Moss, visibly shaken and disgusted by this, hangs up and ignores Gacy’s calls for several days. When Moss finally answers Gacy’s insistent nightly calls, Gacy is furious with him, advising him to "remember who I am" and even goes so far as to threaten to send people to his house.

    The next few days see Moss’s performance in class and his relationship with his girlfriend rapidly deteriorating. He becomes paranoid, arming himself with his father’s pistol when at home, and loses control when he sees his brother being bullied, badly beating the bully. He refuses to go with his family to visit his grandmother and remains at home alone, on edge and drinking heavily. When the doorbell rings late at night, he answers the door with the gun, only to find it is his girlfriend. They are interrupted by a call from a distraught Gacy, who tearfully informs Moss that his appeal has been turned down and he is to be executed in six days. Moss’s girlfriend reacts furiously to Moss’s accepting the call, as does Gacy upon hearing her voice in the background. She leaves and Gacy hangs up. Moss, on the point of losing control, goes out and rents a prostitute, taking the woman to a motel. He forces her onto her stomach, attempts to restrain her when she protests, nearly suffocating her, then leaves.

    Gacy calls him again, acting sympathetic and apologetic, and invites Moss to come meet him in person before he dies. Moss, while considering this, contacts one of Gacy’s victims, who escaped by jumping from a car. His harrowing story is told in a flashback where Gacy taunts him, rapes him and tortures him before he escapes.

    Moss ultimately accepts Gacy’s invitation, travelling to the prison where they finally meet face to face. The guards, with whom Gacy has formed a friendship, photograph them together at Gacy’s request, then leave them alone. They are amicable at first, eating and joking together, Gacy showing him letters and requests he has received, and also shows him his case file. Upon Moss asking him about his first murder, however, Gacy becomes hostile and aggressive, telling him how much power he has over Moss and how easy it would be to kill him. He becomes more and more physical, starting with flirtatious contact and eventually threatening to rape and kill Moss. Moss fights back, abusing Gacy physically and verbally before the guards pull him off. Gacy appears delighted by this, reminding him forcibly once again that they are alike.

    Moss, traumatized, goes home and reunites with his concerned parents. When Gacy calls again, he tells Gacy that he was "playing him from the start", and informs him of his college thesis, telling him that he was only ever an experiment. Gacy hangs up silently and prepares to die.

    Moss does not watch the news report on Gacy’s execution, and becomes withdrawn and reticent. Several days later, he receives a final letter from Gacy, telling him that although he was indeed fooled by Moss’s letters, it has proved to him irrevocably that they are very alike, and ends with "it’s time to die now. See you on the other side, buddy".

    The film ends with a real-life interview with the real Jason Moss, and shows the real photo taken of Moss and Gacy several days before the execution, stating that Moss went on to graduate and write a book on his relationship with Gacy before taking his own life in June 2006.

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Josée Bernard known as co-executive producer (as Josee Bernard)
    • Tom Berry known as executive producer
    • Jeffery Scott Lando known as associate producer (as Jeffery Lando)
    • Gilles LaPlante known as line producer (as Gilles Laplante)
    • Kellie Madison known as executive producer
    • Clark Peterson known as executive producer
    • Gordon Yang known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • William Forsythe known as John Wayne Gacy
    • Jesse Moss known as Jason Moss
    • Emma Lahana known as Alyssa
    • Cole Heppell known as Alex Moss
    • Belinda Metz known as Valerie Moss
    • Michael Ryan known as Frank Moss
    • Eric Keenleyside known as Stan
    • Daryl Shuttleworth known as Guard Thompson
    • Patrick Gilmore known as Glen Phillips
    • Andrew Airlie known as Professor Harris
    • Michael Kopsa known as FBI Agent
    • Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman known as Male Hustler
    • Hunter Elliott known as Butcher Shop Victim
    • Michaela Mann known as Prostitute
    • Dee Jay Jackson known as Desk Guard
    • Libby Osler known as Counter Girl
    • Brett Dier known as Marcus
    • James Ralph known as Armed Guard
    • Jaren Brandt Bartlett known as Mike
    • Lynn Colliar known as TV News Reporter
    • Richard Harmon known as Victim
    • Andrea Brooks known as Stalked Girl
    • Anthony Shim known as Paul
    • Karissa Tynes known as Amy
    • Josh Goring known as Marcus' Friend (uncredited)
    • Kai Kennedy known as Bobby (uncredited)
    • John Andrew Vaas known as Undercover Detective (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Lyne Denomme known as assistant hair stylist (as Lyne Dénommé)
    • Lyne Denomme known as assistant makeup artist (as Lyne Dénommé)
    • Jennifer Kipps known as key hair artist
    • Jennifer Kipps known as key makeup artist
    • Marjorie Wood known as swing hair/makeup

    Art Department:

    • Keith Bakker known as set dresser (as Keith D. Bakker)
    • Behjat Benham known as on-set dresser (as Behjat Benam)
    • R. Amber Boorman known as lead dresser
    • Matthew Brunt known as first assistant props master (as Matthew R.C. Brunt)
    • Tina Caveno known as painter
    • Joshua Cockerham known as carpenter
    • Rob Dampier known as carpenter
    • Richard Elder known as carpenter (as Rick Elder)
    • Chris Feilden known as buyer (as Chris Carter Feilden)
    • Dana Goudet known as lead painter (as Dana Gaudet)
    • David Inkster known as props master
    • Tex Jordan known as lead metal worker (as Geoff 'Tex' Jordan)
    • Clive Joslin known as carpenter
    • Jesse Joslin known as construction coordinator
    • Ben Krakowsky known as assistant props master
    • Hugo Mallory known as carpenter (as Hugo Maple Mallory)
    • Keith McCulloch known as foreman
    • Joy Munt known as lead dresser (as T. Joy Munt)
    • Jason Rains known as assistant props master
    • Barry Rennie known as carpenter
    • Jacek Targosz known as painter
    • Danielle Taylor known as assistant carpenter
    • Garth Weeks known as paint coordinator

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    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Reel One Entertainment (presents)
    • Notorious Pictures (produced by)
    • Movie Network, The (TMN) (produced with the participation of) (as M The Movie Network.ca)
    • Super Écran (produced with the participation of) (as SÉ Super Écran)
    • Movie Central Network (produced with the participation of) (as Corus Entertainment Inc., through Movie Central)
    • Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC (produced with the participation of)
    • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (produced with the participation of)
    • National Bank of Canada (produced with the financial participation of)

    Other Companies:

    • Cinema Scenes Catering  catering company (as Cinema Scene)
    • Airwaves Sound Design  adr recording facility: Vancouver
    • Sonic Magic Studios  adr recording facility: Los Angeles
    • S.L. Feldman & Associates  music supervision (as SL Feldman & Associates)
    • WBBM-TV  courtesy of: opening documentary footage
    • CBS Television Distribution  courtesy of: LEEZA
    • Pond5  stock footage courtesy of
    • Inspired Cinema  camera equipment
    • William F. White International  lighting and grip equipment
    • Research House, The  script clearance
    • Roberts & Stahl Entertainment Law  legal services (as Roberts & Stahl)
    • Focus Entertainment Insurance Brokers  insurance broker (as Focus Entertainment Brokers Inc.)
    • Hecht Heft Lamoureux  accounting services
    • EP Canada  payroll services
    • Province of British Columbia  the producers wish to thank
    • City of Vancouver, The  the producers wish to thank
    • City of Langley, British Columbia  the producers wish to thank (as City of Langley)
    • Illinois Department of Corrections  the producers wish to thank
    • Satch-Mo  the producers wish to thank
    • Screen Actors Guild (SAG)  acknowledgment
    • Union of B.C. Performers  acknowledgment (as UBCP)

    Distributors:

    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (UK) (2010) (UK) (all media)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (all media)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (New Zealand) (all media)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (all media)
    • DTP Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Premiere Bobine (2010) (Canada) (all media)
    • Reel One Entertainment (2010) (worldwide) (all media)
    • Videorama (2011) (Greece) (all media)

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    Other Stuff

    Release Date:
    • Canada 11 May 2010 (TV premiere)
    • Portugal 17 January 2012

    MPAA: Rated R for disturbing sexual content including graphic dialogue, language throughout and some violence

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    9 Comments

    1. PocketMan from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      I wasn't sure I wanted to watch another moralistic 'movie-of-the-week'about a serial killer since they are usually whitewashed beyondrecognition to make them palatable to mainstream America.

      When I found out this was based on the true story of a college studentcontacting John Wayne Gacy in prison before he was executed, however, Ithought I would give it a chance.

      It all starts like a 'docudrama' by the look of the cast, but with thefirst glimpse of the gritty characterization of Jason's mother, thisfilm took on a much edgier realism than I was expecting. It seemed tome that I had not seen a woman like this before – not pretty, notlikable, not whitewashed.

      In fact, none of the characters were Hollywood suburban – they wereconflicted, vulnerable, angry, manipulative and contradictory. And,'Jason Moss' takes us on a journey that seems ordinary at first, butstep by step, the tension ramps up and we soon find ourselves bettingagainst higher and higher stakes on a happy ending.

      What we end up experiencing is an intense and uncomfortable story thatgoes far deeper into the psyche of Gacy and anyone who came intocontact with him than the usual fare. The acting is superb oneveryone's part, especially Jesse Moss and William Forsythe – so muchso that I had a hard time connecting to the pix of the real people atthe end of the film.

      This is one of the best studies of serial murderers that I have everseen. Watch it but be prepared to go places that aren't 'nice'. Peopleare much scarier than we care to believe – an idea that John Wayne Gacyused skillfully to entrap his victims up until the end.

    2. Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      For a college term paper, a rather naive young man named Jason Moss(played by actor improbably named Jesse Moss) decides to interviewnotorious, 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 andyoung men in the 1970s, and was on death row when Moss sent Gacy theinitial written inquiry. Through the plot, the two correspond vialetter and talk on the phone. Eventually, Gacy arranges for a personalvisit from Moss.

      Jason comes across as smart, ambitious, and a bit smug and cocky. At notime 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 aboutGacy's experiences that law enforcement and the FBI were unable tolearn. Jason's motives are thus somewhat selfish, and aimed atfurthering his own academic career. I really didn't much sympathizewith him or his tactics. And of course Gacy, the killer who dressed upas a clown, was truly evil. In short, there's no one to root for inthis film.

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

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

    3. AudioFileZ from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      "Dear Mr. Gacy" a film by Svetozar Ristovski based on a true story onthe surface seems like a vapor of an ideal turned real. Jason Moss, acollege student,t idealistically believes he can befriend notoriousserial killer John Wayne Gacy in order to write a term paper for hiscriminology class. The cliché "be careful what you wish for"immediately comes to mind. From story to execution this celluloidreflection of Moss's relationship with Gacy wildly succeeds in creatingtrue ominous menace. William Forsythe is especially effective as JohnWayne Gacy.

      Jason Moss, the real student, begins a written relationship with JohnWayne Gacy in hopes he can get information that all levels of lawenforcement haven't been able to extract. He does this by "baiting" Mr.Gacy with his youth and inexperience in sexual orientation.Surprisingly it works too well and in short order Moss is deep intosituations in which he is clearly outmaneuvered. Instead of extractinghimself he seems to lose his own identity being sucked into thinking hecan manipulate a cunning murderer. The darkness permeates in shortorder and he finds himself in situations he clearly is not up to.Instead of retreating, however, he pushes forward. Is it somethinginside of Moss or is is simply society's overall attraction , albeitcuriosity, with morbidity? This is a question that may never beanswered in sum total as we learn a very unsettling fact just prior toend credits.

      "Dear Mr. Gacy" is a harrowing journey for the viewer. A film in whichyou keep watching though you know it only will layer more layers ofdarkness. In this posture it is simple and brilliant. A "tour 'deforce" of a last testament of a master serial killer and manipulator.In the end we learn that the title of Moss's best seller was anythingbut a marketing slant. A must see.

    4. gavin6942 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      Jason Moss (played by Jesse Moss, no relation), a college studentattending UNLV, corresponds with serial killer John Wayne Gacy (WilliamForsythe),convicted of murdering 33 young men and boys, while on deathrow. They get closer and closer to each other… and each gettinginside the other's head.

      This film was very highly anticipated by me. I had actuallycorresponded with many (31) serial killers from 2001-2003, and wasfamiliar with Moss' book. I had found it to be full of ego-stroking andgross exaggerations. Other reviews I read seemed to agree with me, andI was frankly disappointed that Moss went on to intern with the SecretService, as I felt he was a hack. I hoped the film would correct someof this.

      The film was developed with screenwriter Kellie Madison (her firstscript) and producer Clark Peterson ("Monster") along with interactionfrom Moss, at least up until his suicide on 6/6/06. They got permissionfrom his widow, Charlotte, to go ahead, and made the film as we can seeit today. Personally, I think they did a brilliant job. Some of thescenes (with the male hooker and the final confrontation, for example)are probably dubious, but they relate to the book. So, as far asadaptations go, it is pretty strong.

      I had the pleasure to speak with Barry Boschelli, a lifelong friend ofJohn Wayne Gacy, before seeing this film. You can see some clips ofBarry in the special features. He not only told me some great storiesabout Gacy (which you can read in his book), but praised WilliamForsythe for his accuracy in the portrayal of Gacy. If Barry saysForsythe was great, who am I to argue? I thought so, too, and it seemsto be supported.

      I hope this movie brings more light to the life of Jason Moss. I wouldlike to see a biography of him. What did his brother, parents and wifethink of his adventures? His girlfriend in the film… was she a realperson? Did his professor find this accurate? Menard prison? What morecan be learned about his suicide and the date he chose to kill himself?

      I would recommend this film, without a doubt, for anyone who read thebook, whether you enjoyed it or not. I would also recommend it for anyfan or student of John Wayne Gacy. The accuracy is debatable, but Ithink the film is a valuable piece that deserves to be in your library.And any fan of William Forsythe… he does not get the credit hedeserves often enough. This may be his stand-out role.

    5. mindcat from South Carolina
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      This is a difficult movie to watch. I rented it over the holiday weekfor entertainment.

      I felt the movie draws the viewer into the emotional sea of conflictand any flick that can do that, in my estimation is superior.

      Certain parts are very difficult because they deal with sexuality ,ciminiality and morals all at once.

      The flick should not be rejected simply because it might to thought tobe anti-gay. There were parts that I thought could pander to homophobicpeople.

      I would recommend it and advise imagine you are 18 years old anddealing with a psychological experiment where you become the bait forthe vampire.

    6. trashgang from Midian
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      I was afraid for this flick for two reasons, is is said to be based ona true event, the John Wayne Gacy story and it was made by theproducers of "Monster (2003)" another flick based on a true event(serial killer Aileen Wuornos). Monster did follow how it all happenedso there it couldn't go wrong but on the part op Gacy there are so manyflicks about him that aren't correct. Some did exploit his part as PogoThe Clown and let him do killings dressed as a clown, it never happenedthat way. But still the best flick about Gacy is To Catch A Killer(1992) and let the performance of Brian Dennehy in that particularflick being the best Gacy so far.

      So with some prejudice I watched it. And I must say that I reallyenjoyed this flick. The title says Dear Mr Gacy but isn't really aboutGacy. This flick is more about Jason Moss, a student who gets incontact with Gacy and gets obsessed with him. What happens with Jasonis shown in this flick. To be honest, only two actors are in this flickand made this flick. First is Jesse Moss who plays Jason Moss and hedid it in a perfect way. But he surely knew his stuff been in FinalDestination 3, Ginger Snaps and the gem Tucker And Dale vs Evil. Whathe did here is really well done. Gacy is played by another famoushorror actor William Forsythe. I have met the guy and yes he has thatlook in his eyes as seen in Halloween the remake and The Devils Reject.Both carry this flick.

      It is filed under horror but I shouldn't say that it fits there. It'smore a drama especially due what happened to Jason's life. But SvetozarRistovski as director did well to keep you attracted to the screen.Naturally the whole true event is pure horror but I recommend this toeveryone. It do has some news reel in the beginning and at the end somenews reel about Jason. It really got into me, a sad story but one towatch. No special effects pure talking and still it gets you…as Gacydid. And William gets really close to Brian's Gacy performance.

      Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 0/5 Story 5/5 Comedy 0/5

    7. xXMassHysteriaXx from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      Based on the true story of 18 year old college student Jason Moss(Jesse Moss), who finds himself in way over his head when he begins arelationship with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy (WilliamForsythe). As part of a term paper for his criminology class, Mosssends a letter to Gacy on death row, portraying himself as vulnerablewith the hopes of eventually gaining his trust and getting inside themind of this killer to possibly learn more about his crimes. Arelationship between the two begins through letters and eventuallyphone calls, as Jason tries not to lose his own identity while beingbrought into Gacy's world.

      Jesse Moss, whom I'd only seen previously in smaller roles, mostnotably "Ginger Snaps", shows he can hold his own as a lead. The realstand out, however, was William Forsythe. Remarkably intense andcreepy, he seemed to embody John Wayne Gacy. It was one of the bestportrayals I've seen of Gacy to date and rivaled that of BrianDennehy's.

    8. bob_meg from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      It's surprising that the substantial bulk of serial killer movies hasyet to render anything really compelling about one of its most complexand twisted subjects — John Wayne Gacy. The sheer number ofaccredited murders combined with the episodic series of cat and mouseplays throughout the convicted child killer/rapist's life would seem tobe quite juicy fodder.

      And yet, all we really have to show for it are two sub-par outings (apassable TV procedural starring Brian Dennehy and a really awfulfeature with hammy unknown Mark Holton). And then comes "Dear Mr. Gacy"which — if you're not aware of its extremely factual basis — almostsounds like a bad joke.

      Crime student Jason Moss (Jesse Moss) embarks on an almost masochisticjourney into fear and loathing by establishing a communication with thekiller during his last months on earth at Illinois' Menard prison. Hisidea (and it IS a clever one) is to establish himself as a textbookvictim that Gacy will have no choice but to lure into his web, grantingMoss a first-hand look into the delusional self-aggrandizingpsychopath's mind for his college Criminology term paper.

      It's a scenario almost tailor made for a movie script because, as weall know by now in films, if you want something that badly, the worstthing that can happen is that you get it, and Moss does. He also findshimself playing a little too perfectly into Gacy's hypnotic spell,which is complemented by all the right situational elements of his ownlife — boredom with his girlfriend, resentment of his controllingmother, subtle contempt for his passive brother's victim-hood at thehands of the school bully.

      The weakest link here is Jesse Moss, and that's only very rarely.Mostly his performance is very good, though there are a few times it'shard to believe his reactions wouldn't be a bit more emotional aftersome of Gacy's truly threatening phone tirades. William Forsythe is agreat actor and never more disturbing than in this role…he's thecreepiest Gacy by far, expertly channeling his voyeurism with subtlebullying and manipulation, then morphing it into the "caring" love of aprotective father figure, shifting on a dime. It's hard to know if hisself-proclaimed stance as "king of the roost" at Menard is reality orin his head. His paintings were fetching a handsome sum near the end ofhis life, he had a cell with a view, TV, plants, and he could paint andsmoke Cuban cigars smuggled in by guards who addressed himhalf-jokingly as "boss." Forsythe is a virtual cypher in the role,disappearing effortlessly into it, and leaving you very queasy in theprocess.

      All in all, DMG is an intense, fun ride you won't forget. If it had abroader scope, it might just be the definitive Gacy biopic, but itprobably wouldn't be as outright compelling, either. What's probablymost disturbing about this particular story is what happened to thereal Jason Moss, in the end. Be careful what you wish for, indeed.

    9. Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
      30 Mar 2012, 1:39 am

      The life story of Jason Moss is at least as intriguing – and slightlydisturbing – as that of the people he dedicated his life researching…Imagining the depressing and harsh subject matter he dealt withcontinuously, I can more or less comprehend why he committed suicide atthe age of 31, even though there isn't any actual indication that hiswork directly or indirectly led him to end his own life. Well beforereaching the age of 20, Moss corresponded with several notorious serialkillers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Henry Lee Lucas and John Wayne Gacy. Itwas the latter with whom he corresponded the most intimately andpublished a book about his experiences, entitled "The Last Victim"."Dear Mr. Gacy" is the – reputedly very faithful – adaptation of thisbook and atmospherically unfolds how the ambitious 18-year-old Mossseeks contact with Gacy, only a couple of months prior to hisexecution, in order to deliver an accurate school thesis on the subjectof "inside a serial killer's mind". Gacy was a homosexual andpedophile, convicted for the murder of 33 adolescent males, and thusJason Moss' profile immediately raised his interest. They began tocommunicate through letters, later telephone calls and the two even metface to face shortly before John Wayne Gacy got executed through lethalinjection. The film contains a handful of strong moments and a trulypowerful performance by William Forsythe as Gacy, but overall seen,this isn't a hidden gem or even highly memorable thriller. Perhaps thisis because you unintentionally compare it to the vastly superior"Silence of the Lambs" and "Seven", due to the element of interactionwith a serial killer, but mainly it's because the screenplay is soordinary and doesn't contain anything surprising or even remotelyunusual. The bond between Moss and Gacy develops so damn predictable!Of course you know that the young criminology student gets way morethan he bargained for when trying to provoke one of the most diabolicalindividuals of the planet. Of course you can predict that someone likeGacy, in spite of being behind bars and knowing his execution nears,can still easily manipulate and terrorize his newly found pen pal. Andof course you can guess that Gacy's influence over Jason Moss becomesso strong and dangerous that his own private life narrowly gets ruined.Some of the sub plots are rather irrelevant, like Moss seeking contactwith a victim that survived his encounter with Gacy several years ago,supposedly to ask for "advise" on how to confront him?!? Is it me or isthis just totally inappropriate? Svetozar Ristovski's direction skillscan only be referred to as neutral and the only true standout of thisfilm is – naturally – Forsythe's stellar performance as John WayneGacy. William Forsythe is one of those rare character actors who hasthe ability to petrify you simply through his charisma and voice. Alsogiven his resemblance to the real Gacy, especially at later age, Icouldn't have imagined anyone else suitable for the role.

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