Acting makes in 10x more disturbing (by andrewbmx760)
When I began college, I too, such as Jason Moss, became very fascinated with serial killers to the point that I was willing to become pen pals with them as well. Well after watching this film, I thank the lord I never did. This by far, I would say, is one of the most Scariest movies EVER MADE! The reason I give it that title is because this boogie man was REAL! Not Chucky, not Michael Myers, nor Jeepers Creepers, but a REAL HUMAN BEING! This film is a must for everyone to see but I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT to those who are not willing to have their minds exposed to the real world. TOO disturbing <more>
Probing The Mind Of Mr. Gacy Can Be A Dangerous Game. (by Vivekmaru45)
This is one of the best films I have seen in 2010. The direction and acting is very professional. The film is about serial killer John Wayne Gacy who committed the rape and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Twenty-six of Gacy's victims were buried in the crawlspace of his home, three others elsewhere on his property and four victims were discarded in a nearby river.Having already seen To Catch A Killer TV 1992 starring Brian Dennehy as the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, I was expecting more of the same.I was very happy to find that the film lived up to my <more>
expectations.Veteran actor William Forsythe needs no introduction. He is brilliant in the role of Gacy. The way he acts in the film makes me think that he studied the character of John Wayne Gacy very carefully. The other brilliant star of the film is Jesse Moss who plays university student Jason Moss who interviews Gacy for his thesis.In the film Moss tries to get into the mind of Gacy by sending semi-nude photos of himself, hoping to get Gacy excited and talk more. What Moss didn't realize is that Gacy is cleverer than he thinks. What started of as a college thesis turns into an obsession between the two. Gacy starts making phone calls to Moss. During those calls he often talked about obscene sexual acts which disturbed Moss. Eventually Moss stopped conversing with Gacy for some days until he is threatened by Gacy.Eventually Gacy, who is to be executed within six days, requests Moss to visit him face-to-face for the last time....Conclusion: 10/10 for a superb psychological drama and a journey into the mind of Gacy. Buy this superb film on DVD - you won't regret it.
Great and Underrated of the Dark Side of a Sociopath (by excop243)
First, I am not a professional movie reviewer. So with that in mind:I am an expert at spotting a really great, dark, disturbing movie that removes the layers of the onion in 119 minutes and not only reveals the really Dark Side of EVIL, but also the effects it can have on any of us.That is what is the most disturbing and scary about this film. I have learned after 60 years of human experience, that there is more evil than good out there and the only way to survive EVIL is either to kill it or stay away from it. If you can learn this in the outside and unsafe world of ours, then you can have a <more>
long and pleasurable life with your own safe family and friends.Jason thinks he can survive EVIL by not staying away from it, but as we see at the end credits, he loses the psychological battle of sustaining his own identity, which ultimately destroys him. The best comparison to this movie is "In Cold Blood", where Truman Capote crosses over the psychological boundary into the "Heart of Darkness" of Perry's mind. Capote losses his fragile identity under the pretense of trying to write a book about Perry and Dick, but just as in Jason's journey, he too loses to the Evil from within himself by exposing himself to the EVIL manipulations of John Wayne Gacy, expertly acted by William Forsythe. A must see, but only for those who are really sharp enough to know what the real world is like and the stomach enough too survive what a real Human Monster looks like.
Well acted, intense and frighteningly realistic (by PocketMan)
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 <more>
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.
This is a difficult movie to watch. I rented it over the holiday week for entertainment.I felt the movie draws the viewer into the emotional sea of conflict and 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 to be anti-gay. There were parts that I thought could pander to homophobic people.I would recommend it and advise imagine you are 18 years old and dealing with a psychological experiment where you become the <more>
"Dear Mr. Gacy" a film by Svetozar Ristovski based on a true story on the surface seems like a vapor of an ideal turned real. Jason Moss, a college student,t idealistically believes he can befriend notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy in order to write a term paper for his criminology class. The cliché "be careful what you wish for" immediately comes to mind. From story to execution this celluloid reflection of Moss's relationship with Gacy wildly succeeds in creating true ominous menace. William Forsythe is especially effective as John Wayne Gacy.Jason Moss, the <more>
real student, begins a written relationship with John Wayne Gacy in hopes he can get information that all levels of law enforcement 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 into situations in which he is clearly outmaneuvered. Instead of extracting himself he seems to lose his own identity being sucked into thinking he can manipulate a cunning murderer. The darkness permeates in short order and he finds himself in situations he clearly is not up to. Instead of retreating, however, he pushes forward. Is it something inside of Moss or is is simply society's overall attraction , albeit curiosity, with morbidity? This is a question that may never be answered in sum total as we learn a very unsettling fact just prior to end credits."Dear Mr. Gacy" is a harrowing journey for the viewer. A film in which you keep watching though you know it only will layer more layers of darkness. In this posture it is simple and brilliant. A "tour 'de force" 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 anything but a marketing slant. A must see.
Outsmarted By an 18 Year Old (by xXMassHysteriaXx)
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 a relationship with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy William Forsythe . As part of a term paper for his criminology class, Moss sends a letter to Gacy on death row, portraying himself as vulnerable with the hopes of eventually gaining his trust and getting inside the mind of this killer to possibly learn more about his crimes. A relationship between the two begins through letters and eventually phone calls, as Jason tries not to lose his own identity <more>
while being brought into Gacy's world.Jesse Moss, whom I'd only seen previously in smaller roles, most notably "Ginger Snaps", shows he can hold his own as a lead. The real stand out, however, was William Forsythe. Remarkably intense and creepy, he seemed to embody John Wayne Gacy. It was one of the best portrayals I've seen of Gacy to date and rivaled that of Brian Dennehy's.
the producers from Monster did it again (by trashgang)
I was afraid for this flick for two reasons, is is said to be based on a true event, the John Wayne Gacy story and it was made by the producers of "Monster 2003 " another flick based on a true event serial killer Aileen Wuornos . Monster did follow how it all happened so there it couldn't go wrong but on the part op Gacy there are so many flicks about him that aren't correct. Some did exploit his part as Pogo The Clown and let him do killings dressed as a clown, it never happened that way. But still the best flick about Gacy is To Catch A Killer 1992 and let the <more>
performance of Brian Dennehy in that particular flick being the best Gacy so far.So with some prejudice I watched it. And I must say that I really enjoyed this flick. The title says Dear Mr Gacy but isn't really about Gacy. This flick is more about Jason Moss, a student who gets in contact with Gacy and gets obsessed with him. What happens with Jason is shown in this flick. To be honest, only two actors are in this flick and made this flick. First is Jesse Moss who plays Jason Moss and he did it in a perfect way. But he surely knew his stuff been in Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps and the gem Tucker And Dale vs Evil. What he did here is really well done. Gacy is played by another famous horror actor William Forsythe. I have met the guy and yes he has that look 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's more a drama especially due what happened to Jason's life. But Svetozar Ristovski as director did well to keep you attracted to the screen. Naturally the whole true event is pure horror but I recommend this to everyone. It do has some news reel in the beginning and at the end some news reel about Jason. It really got into me, a sad story but one to watch. No special effects pure talking and still it gets you...as Gacy did. 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
It's surprising that the substantial bulk of serial killer movies has yet to render anything really compelling about one of its most complex and twisted subjects --- John Wayne Gacy. The sheer number of accredited murders combined with the episodic series of cat and mouse plays throughout the convicted child killer/rapist's life would seem to be quite juicy fodder.And yet, all we really have to show for it are two sub-par outings a passable TV procedural starring Brian Dennehy and a really awful feature with hammy unknown Mark Holton . And then comes "Dear Mr. Gacy" which <more>
--- if you're not aware of its extremely factual basis --- almost sounds like a bad joke.Crime student Jason Moss Jesse Moss embarks on an almost masochistic journey into fear and loathing by establishing a communication with the killer during his last months on earth at Illinois' Menard prison. His idea and it IS a clever one is to establish himself as a textbook victim that Gacy will have no choice but to lure into his web, granting Moss a first-hand look into the delusional self-aggrandizing psychopath's mind for his college Criminology term paper.It's a scenario almost tailor made for a movie script because, as we all know by now in films, if you want something that badly, the worst thing that can happen is that you get it, and Moss does. He also finds himself playing a little too perfectly into Gacy's hypnotic spell, which is complemented by all the right situational elements of his own life --- boredom with his girlfriend, resentment of his controlling mother, subtle contempt for his passive brother's victim-hood at the hands 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's hard to believe his reactions wouldn't be a bit more emotional after some of Gacy's truly threatening phone tirades. William Forsythe is a great actor and never more disturbing than in this role...he's the creepiest Gacy by far, expertly channeling his voyeurism with subtle bullying and manipulation, then morphing it into the "caring" love of a protective father figure, shifting on a dime. It's hard to know if his self-proclaimed stance as "king of the roost" at Menard is reality or in his head. His paintings were fetching a handsome sum near the end of his life, he had a cell with a view, TV, plants, and he could paint and smoke Cuban cigars smuggled in by guards who addressed him half-jokingly as "boss." Forsythe is a virtual cypher in the role, disappearing effortlessly into it, and leaving you very queasy in the process.All in all, DMG is an intense, fun ride you won't forget. If it had a broader scope, it might just be the definitive Gacy biopic, but it probably wouldn't be as outright compelling, either. What's probably most disturbing about this particular story is what happened to the real Jason Moss, in the end. Be careful what you wish for, indeed.