Monday, May 23, 2011

Dahmer Vs. Gacy (2011)

Dahmer Vs. Gacy

Written by Andrew J. Rausch
Directed by Ford Austin

Dahmer...Ford Austin
Gacy...Randal Malone
Stravinski...Peter Zhmutski

Dr. Stravinski is a geneticist in charge of Project X-13, the long-term goal of which is to create a super-soldier who will kill without mercy or regret.  This soldier won't even require compensation for his services.  He will kill only because of his love for killing.  The method behind this madness is a whole lot of scientific mumbo jumbo, in which the most notorious serial killers of all times are cloned so that their killing genes can be isolated, thrown together in a blender, and then used to create a brand new, super killer.

But then the unthinkable happens (at least unthinkable to anyone who has never actually seen a horror movie):  Two of the clones escape--and neither of them are Dolly the sheep.

John Wayne Gacy and Jeffery Dahmer flee the military compound in which they were imprisoned and go their separate ways.  Rather than be thankful that they have been plucked from the depths of hell (because these are indeed the real Gacy and Dahmer scientifically reincarnated) and given a chance to continue their killing spree, they are instead furious at Stravinski, and both set out to kill him.  When it becomes obvious that they don't want to share, that's when the titular VERSUS takes place.

Throw in a redneck who has been dispatched by God (Harland Williams) to dispose of the serial killers, an army of ninjas, and the mentally-defective genetically modified result of Project X-13, and you've got one hell of a recipe for violence.

Any movie that takes this as its premise shouldn't take itself too seriously, and so it's a good thing that Dahmer Vs. Gacy doesn't try to.  It attacks the viewer with a tongue-and-cheek, self-referential sensibility and a particularly sick sense of humor.  And a seeming hatred of little people.  It often teetered on the edge of ridiculousness, occasionally plummeting right into the abyss.

There were far too many instances where the film cut to mock news reports covering the carnage, rather than actually showing us the carnage, and the movie as a whole suffered because of this.  Had nearly all of these scenes been cut, it would have been a drastically shorter movie...but I can't really say that would be a bad thing.

For a movie titled Dahmer Vs. Gacy, there are surprisingly few scenes with the two together.  The whole 90 minute mess is supposedly leading up to some grand and epic battle between the two, but when it finally happens, it is a poorly-constructed Three Stooges type of fight that is over before you even know it.

Further, it is difficult for me to truly enjoy a movie that makes a mockery out of real life serial killers that are still so fresh in the public mind.  It is disrespectful to their victims memories and those that survived them.  The only well-known serial killer I can think of that would be okay for this type of project is Jack the Ripper, as so much time has passed that he is more myth than man at this point.  Pair him up with the practically unknown H.H. Holmes, and then maybe I'll come back for the sequel.

Highlights (and I use that term loosely) include a crazy fight scene between the aforementioned chosen redneck and a squadron of killer ninjas; and a guest appearance by former Guns 'n' Roses drummer Steven Adler as a pitiful junkie who gobbles man-bits in public bathrooms for his next fix.  In other words, Steven Adler is playing himself circa 1990.

Not Rated
91 Minutes
United States



  1. arrrghhhhh! i cannot see this.

  2. Yeah, this movie really sucked. It certainly was not worth the months and months it took to actually get its DVD release.

    In a way, I'm almost glad that Ford Austin didn't send me that screener copy!


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