Dahmer vs. Gacy : Release Year - 2011

Overall Rating : 6/10

Directed By : Ford Austin

Ford Austin (Zombie Babies)
Art LeFleur (The Rig)
Randal Malone (The Curse of Lizzie Borden)
Harland Williams (Employee of the Month)

Supplied By : Walking Shadows

Film Reviewed By : Rick L. Blalock

Date Reviewed : May. 10, 2011


A secret government lab run by Dr. Hess has been trying to create the ultimate killer using the DNA of infamous killers Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, but there's one big problem: they've escaped! Bloody mayhem stretches across the United States as they go on the ultimate killing spree. Trying to stop the maniacal madness is Ringo, a hick warrior being trained by God, using only a shotgun and a bottle of whiskey. In his road trip to hell, he must first fight off his own demons, not to mention an army of Japanese ninjas and a Super-serial killer! It all leads up to the ultimate showdown!
In DAHMER VS. GACY, somewhere in a lab, hidden from even the US government, a group of Scientists, lead by Dr. Stravinski,are steady at work perfecting their top secret project. Nicknamed "Project X-13", their goal is to create the most ruthless killer of all time. To do this, they have successfully cloned and stored replicas of all of America's most notorious killers. Using the DNA of like likes of Richard Ramirez, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffery Dahmer, and the Menendez brothers, the scientists plan to mesh all of the personalities as one in hopes of creating a killer like no other , a killer more dangerous than any of its predecessors. Unfortunately, only a short time after Stravinski hires on Dr. Hess to oversee their operations, to of the stored clones find themselves set free into the real world once again. The cloned killers in question happen to be that of Chicago's John Wayne Gacy, and Milwaukee's Jeffery Dahmer. Although the two of them are cloned versions of their counterparts, they both process the same criminal tendencies. Both Dahmer and Gacy embark on a simultaneous killing spree, all while the media and America eat it up. Meanwhile, a redneck named Ringo, who speaks to god, believes that he is the "choosen one", and that he will be the only one to bring down the killers. So with a bottle of Jack and the sword of God, Ringo readies for battle, but a few things may stand in his way, including Ninjas sent in by the Japanese government to steal the clones, Stravinski's own X-13 killer, and a war seemingly brewing between Dahmer and Gacy themselves.

Upon my viewing of DAHMER VS. GACY, I checked online to see what some of the other reviewers had to say about the Serial Killer mash-up? I was really shocked to find out that almost all of those who have had a chance to see the film, hated it. The major problem that i've read is that most people(especially those who have yet to see it), accuse the film of "glorifying" the two serial killers that the film features. In my opinion, the film does more to lampoon the killers than to glorify them. For most of the film's 90 minute run time, the film makes a mockery out of anything true to life, including the two killers, and those who love to love them. For those who are expecting some serious low budget portrayal of two of America's most notorious serial killers, that is not what you'll find in this film, as this film is more slapstick comedy than anything else. In fact, the best way that I could describe DAHMER VS. GACY is to say that it is a live action comic book, or even cartoon, in which Dahmer and Gacy are the main attraction. Yes the film supposedly takes place in America, but it is an America for removed from reality. Although the citizens of this particular setting are a little exaggerated, but at the same time the script satirically plays off of our obsession with all things Serial Killer. When Dahmer and Gacy go off once again hacking away people in the film, the townsfolk are sent into a frenzy, wanting more and more as each kill occurs. The off-the-wall environment DAHMER VS. GACY provides could be comparable to the world that exists in Corman's DEATH RACE 2000. In the film, Dahmer and Gacy both leave a bloody trail behind, but it is eventually revealed, that after killing his family, the two killers happen to be after Dr. Stravinki, the man responsible for "creating" them. When they both capture Stravinski, this is where the two killers bump heads, thus begins the titular showdown(between the two of them, and then eventually all of the other sub-plotted characters). Although the showdown which the film seemed to be all about, wasn't as eventful as i'd hoped, the film still ends up being a silly and overall, fun experience.

Although, a fairly low budget affair, DAHMER VS. GACY has a rather large cast, featuring some rather unlikely cameos from the likes of former GUNS 'N ROSES drummer, Steven Adler(I still can't understand a word he says) and Lollipop Guild munchkin, Jerry Maren. In the two leads, we have the film's Director, Ford Austin who takes on the role of Dahmer, and THE CURSE OF LIZZIE BORDEN's Randall Malone, who is Gacy, clad in his "Pogo the Clown" garb. Austin, who also portrays the film's Serial Killer slaying redneck. "Ringo", does well on all accounts, although his Milwaukian accent as Dahmer tends to remind me more of Minnesota than Milwaukee. Although Malone serves well as Gacy, the main downfall with the film's character is that he is seen always in clown getup and appears "dumpy". I know this film is a mere parody of the two, but in real life, I feel that Gacy was more imposing than Dahmer, and in a real fight, he likely would've won he probably would've cheated somehow, but still) As a whole I feel that everyone involved did as they should have in playing their roles as purposely over-the-top and hammy. The film is oddball silly and never once takes itself seriously. Also appearing in the film are SLEEPAWAY CAMP's Felissa Rose, indie starlet, Brooke Lewis, and PLAYBOY Playmate, Katie Lohmann.

Honestly, I think that anyone who is offended by this film, or says that it glorifies the Serial Killers featured, are obviously someone who has not seen the film. It's obviously not going to appeal to everyone, as proven by some of the film's other reviews. But their will be others, such as myself that take a liking to the humor in which DAHMER VS. GACY tries to create. Sure, the plot could have been improved(a lot), but as is, I believe that it is nothing more than a fun way to kill some time, no pun intended.
4/10 Gouged out eyes, a couple of slit throats, decapitations, bodies halved, ninja star impalements, and lots of blood spray.
5/10 Some carnival-esque music, along with multiple hair band sounding rock tunes.
Going in, I expected DAHMER VS. GACY to be exactly what it appeared to be, a silly. low budget mash-up, that, in no way could be taken as serious. And as it turns out, that is exactly what I got with this one, except that I expected it to be really bad, as in, not well made. That in itself is not true, because for it's budget, DAHMER VS. GACY, is well put together and looks great. As I said, it could've been better, but this will do for now. Ford Austin and crew have a sequel to this film in the works, which will see the two killers go up in space...but will Charles Manson(who is seen at the end of this film) join them? We shall see!


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