The Bottom Line
- Good guest stars
- Doesn't take itself seriously
- Not funny
- Nonsensical script
- Poor technical execution
- Starring Ford Austin, Randal Malone, Art LaFleur, Ethan Phillips, Harland Williams, Irwin Keyes, Peter Zhmutski
- Directed by Ford Austin
- Rated NR
- DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
Guide Review - 'Dahmer vs. Gacy' DVD Review
The military decides to send their spliced-together super killer X-13 (Ethan Phillips) after the deadly duo, but he's not the only one on the chase. An off-balance ex-soldier hears a voice in his head claiming to be God and instructing him to kill the murderers, and for good measure, the Japanese deploy a legion of ninjas to take them out as well. Okay...
Dahmer vs. Gacy is one of those madcap, over-the-top films that aspires to be a cult movie without realizing that most cult movies achieve their status organically without expressly trying to do so. As such, the whole thing feels forced, full of nonsensical scenes, ridiculous caricatures, broad performances and un-subtle writing that approaches its subject matter with a sledgehammer rather than a pen. The cobbled-together scenes feel like a bunch of thinly drawn, cliché-ridden skits from a mediocre improv group. There's actually a joke about The Weakest Link in there; welcome to the cutting edge of 2001 comedy.
Not only is Dahmer vs. Gacy aggressively unfunny, but since it deals with real-life serial killers and their heinous acts -- including rape, murder, torture, necrophilia, pedophilia and cannibalism -- in a comedic light, it's also fairly tasteless. The filmmakers seem to have as perverse a fascination for these killers as the ditsy fans they poke fun of in the film. Even giving some leeway for differences in sense of humor, Dahmer vs. Gacy is irredeemably bad, weighed down by not only lowbrow material, but stiff dialogue, awkward edits, uneven sound, amateurish direction and a series of dull "eyewitness reports" that merely talk about the action rather than actually showing the events.
Only a few intriguing cameos manage to make the film bearable -- including veteran character actors Art LaFleur, Ethan Phillips, Harland Williams and Irwin Keyes, plus genre icon Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and even musician Steven Adler and former "Munchkin" Jerry Maren.
No special features.