Gacy (film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Clive Saunders
Produced by Tim Swain
Larry Rattner
Written by Clive Saunders
David Birke
Starring Mark Holton
Music by Mark Fontana
Erik Godal
Cinematography Kristian Bernier
Edited by Jeff Orgill
Chryss Terry
DEJ Productions
Península Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250,000

Gacy is a 2003 direct-to-video biographical-drama film directed by Clive Saunders and written by Saunders and David Birke. The story revolves around the life of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.


John Wayne Gacy (Mark Holton) seemed to be a model citizen. He even volunteered as a clown for the children at the local hospital, but he kept a gruesome secret. A trail of missing young men led to Gacy's suburban home. The nation watched in horror as, one by one, the details of over 30 murders came to light and most of the victims, entombed in the crawl space underneath his house, were unearthed. John Wayne Gacy had been one of the most infamous killers in the whole country.


  • Mark Holton (Scott Alan Henry, young) as John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
  • Adam Baldwin as John Gacy, Sr.
  • Charlie Weber as Tom Kovacs
  • Allison Lange as Gretchen
  • Edith Jefferson as Mother Gacy
  • Joleen Lutz as Karen Gacy
  • Kenneth Swartz as Dave
  • Matt Farnsworth as Stu
  • Joseph Sikora as Roger
  • Jeremy Lelliot as Little Stevie
  • Oren Skoog as Jimmy
  • Joe Roncetti as Peter
  • Eddie Adams as Duane
  • Doran Ray as Tony
  • Larry Hankin as Eddie Bloom
  • Glenn Morshower and Jessica Schatz as Ted and Julie Boyle
  • Jessica and Grace Hanamoto as the daughters
  • Wyatt Denny as Steve

Production notes[edit]

  • The character of Tom Kovacs is a composite of two young men who had lived with Gacy in reality.


On the film review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, Gacy received a 17% approval rating, based on six reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10.[1] Chuck Wilson of LA Weekly found Gacy to be an "unenlightening" and "unconvincing" film that suffered from "dime-store psychology" and a failure to "convey the subtleties of Gacy’s scheming intellect."[2] Mike Long of DVD Talk gave the film a half star out of a possible five, opined that it "offers no suspense, no gore, and no thrills" and concluded, "If nothing else, a film about a serial-killer should offer a glimpse inside the criminal mind. If it can't do that, it could at least be an entertaining exploitation film. Gacy is neither of those things and there is absolutely no reason to see this movie."[3] Reel Film Review's David Nusair commended Mark Holton's performance as Gacy, but lambasted the film itself, which he derided as being an ineptly written and directed "bore" that "completely fails to make any kind of impact."[4] Conversely, Gacy was praised for its "dark, disturbing insight into Gacy" by Steve Barton of Dread Central, who went on to write that the "horrifying and informative" film was "well-worth seeking out to learn more about America's most notorious serial killer."[5]


  1. ^ "Gacy (film)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Chuck. "Gacy". Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 8 July 2003. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Long, Mike (13 May 2003). "Gacy". DVD Talk. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  4. ^ Nusair, David (23 May 2003). "Gacy (May 23/03)". Reel Film Reviews. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (1 April 2013). "Countdown – Top Six Killer Clown Movies". Dread Central. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 

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