Dear Mr. Gacy

January 17th, 2012


Dear Mr. Gacy

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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.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.4/10 (1,202 voted)

Director: Svetozar Ristovski

Stars: William Forsythe, Jesse Moss, Emma Lahana

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

Writers: Kellie Madison, Clark Peterson

William Forsythe - John Wayne Gacy
Jesse Moss - Jason Moss
Emma Lahana - Alyssa
Cole Heppell - Alex Moss
Belinda Metz - Valerie Moss
Michael Ryan - Frank Moss
Eric Keenleyside - Stan
Daryl Shuttleworth - Guard Thompson
Patrick Gilmore - Glen Phillips
Andrew Airlie - Professor Harris
Michael Kopsa - FBI Agent
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman - Male Hustler
Hunter Elliott - Butcher Shop Victim
Michaela Mann - Prostitute
Dee Jay Jackson - Desk Guard


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Release Date: 17 January 2012

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

User Review

Well acted, intense and frighteningly realistic

Rating: 9/10

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

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

It all starts like a 'docudrama' by the look of the cast, but with the first glimpse of the gritty characterization of Jason's mother, this film took on a much edgier realism than I was expecting. It seemed to me that I had not seen a woman like this before - not pretty, not likable, not whitewashed.

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

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

This is one of the best studies of serial murderers that I have ever seen. Watch it but be prepared to go places that aren't 'nice'. People are much scarier than we care to believe - an idea that John Wayne Gacy used skillfully to entrap his victims up until the end.


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