After all the griping I’ve done about torture porn, I feel like an idiot for writing this. But the observation must nonetheless be made: this picture simply isn’t violent enough. John Wayne Gacy was a stand-out even in the despicable realm of serial killers. In real life, Gacy tortured his victims slowly while raping them and reading them Bible verses. The movie version is much more mundane, portraying the guy as a garden-variety loser who just happens to kill young men. It doesn’t help that the title character is played by the actor who played Francis Buxton in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Overall the guys who made this seemed far more interested in the smell of Gacy’s crawl-space burial ground than in the horrors he perpetrated upstairs in his suburban home. Mildly amusing


Genre: Horror

Subgenre: Slasher

Date reviewed: 3/12/2009