Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)
Director: Svetozar Ristovski
Writer: Kellie Madison
Cast: 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.
Based on a real life story about a students correspondence with serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Bored at school Jason finally finds a subject he's interested in, basically what makes the criminal mind tick, and in particular that of a killer. In order to understand he manages to start a kind of friendship with death row serial killer Gacy. Only it spirals out of control when Gacy phones him in person and eventually grants the student permission to meet him in prison.

What we have here is a serial killer drama that's not really about the killer himself but about people's perception of these extreme criminals, and those few who's morbid interest drifts into fan worship. The film starts with the naive student being star struck that this infamous man is speaking to him, eventually with his own meeting and through the account of one of few living survivors, he learns that Gacy alongside countless other criminals like him aren't anything to be worshiped. During the end credits we see the original student on a talk show with pictures of himself and Gacy. Definitely a drama over the usual thriller/horror serial killer movies we see more often, Dear Mr Gacy is well worth seeking out on DVD, I'd imagine in the future it'll find appreciative home on TV.

(7½ out of 10)

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