Monday, August 1, 2011

Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

I was sort of sad about William Forsythe playing a gay serial killer since I have a not-so-secret crush on him.  Kind of like when my dreams of a tryst with Guillermo Diaz fizzled when I learned he was openly gay.   I would prefer him maybe to play a serial killer writing to a cute girl with a pixie cut who likes wine and The Devil's Rejects but I guess it's not in the cards, is it?

Dear Mr. Gacy is based on the true story of Jason Moss, who wrote the book The Last Victim.   Basically, this oddball kid is bored with life and his college education, and becomes obsessed with serial killer John Wayne Gacy.  Frustrated with the lack of information that law enforcement is getting from Gacy, he decides to take matters into his own hands.  He writes letters to Gacy in jail, posing as a confused and likely homosexual teenager.  He takes suggestive photos, hoping to make Gacy so enamored with him that he tells him all about the murders.

However, Jason digs himself a hole far, far too deep and goes from sunrise chats with Gacy, to the killer suggesting he have a sexual relationship with his own brother.  As Gacy dives deeper into the relationship, so does Jason.  He becomes more violent and reserved in his personal life, and it's obvious that his discussions with Gacy are deeply disturbing him.

Although I've never read The Last Victim ($11.99 on Kindle, c'mon) I did already know what happens when Jason finally meets with Gacy.  I'm fairly obsessed with serial killers and it never fails to amaze me how truly disturbed and manipulative they can really be.  I liked this movie and I'd venture to say that Forsythe played a pretty good Gacy.  He did make a couple of faces that looked exactly like Sheriff Wydell and that sort of made me LoL but I guess most people wouldn't have that reaction.  This kid Jason obviously had some issues from the start, and the book actually appears to make him out to be a bit of an egomaniac who feels he can "get inside the head" of any serial killer.  This movie was a good time, and I always love seeing my man Billy Forsythe on the big screen (or straight to DVD...whatever)

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