In prison, on death row, John Wayne Gacy (played by William Forsythe) starts to receive some letters from a college student, Jason Moss (Jesse Moss) . What separated Moss' letters from the 100s of others was Moss' willingness to open up about details of his unpleasant home life: his confusion of his own sexuality, his fear of a violent father, and his own violent thoughts. Moss, of course, designed these fictitious details specifically because he studied the backgrounds of Gacy's victims, and he knew Gacy would be attracted to his story. The stack of pretty boy photos of himself were also intended to entice the infamous killer.
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The story of Jason Moss is an interesting one, indeed. And Gacy, such a volatile personality, who can still flex his killer fists from the confines of a prison cell. Unfortunately, the power of this story is not fully realized by director Svetozar Ristovski and writer Kellie Madison. Forsythe is better than he's been in a long time, as the clown faced serial killer, but the performances by the remaining cast, especially the pivotal lead Jesse Moss, are all fairly lackluster. Madison's script stays the course, laying out Moss' story piece by piece -- but we never really see Moss push further, digging deeper into his own dark side. I've never read the book by Moss, that the script is based on, but I would imagine, by this adaptation, that maybe Moss didn't dare dig too deep either -- or rather, he didn't dare confess how deep his thoughts really went. The result is a story that merely skims the surface of the deep dark mind of a boy who likes serial killers.