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DVD Review: Dahmer vs Gacy

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There’s something to be said for the pastiche or spoof movie. At its best it produces gems like Shaun of the Dead, Planet Terror, and Airplane!. At its worst Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Meet the Spartans.

Creating these movies is always a risk. The worst spoof movies hope that merely mentioning the ‘crazy’ things that happen in other films will be enough to make audiences’ sides split. They also fail to actually give the audience an ‘in’ by ensuring the characters actually care about what’s going on.

Dahmer vs Gacy is undoubtedly a spoof movie. Its plot concerns two of America’s most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, having been cloned by a top-secret government lab. Inevitably they escape, and killing ensues.

The main problem with the film is, like Epic Movie, etc., it thinks it’s a lot cleverer and funnier than it really is. Examples of this include the voice of God using the f-bomb against the film’s protagonist; or another character using the same word thirty times in a row.

It reminds me of the type of humour you would get as an eleven year old in the playground. As the ‘coolest’ guy in school would swear like a trooper much to the applause and delight of his peers. Funny as that might have been when I was eleven, it’s not something I consider smart, funny, or even ironic now. Unfortunately it sums up much of the ‘humour’ of Dahmer vs Gacy.

When it wasn’t resorting to schoolboy humour, the film was bordering on the offensive. Was I really supposed to laugh at a mentally disturbed homeless guy being brutally murdered? Why then include that scene? Also, are the constant references to the serial killers’ sexuality supposed to suggest a something? Even if they’re not, the film is so puerile and idiotic, it’s difficult to tell what point it is trying to make.

In short Dahmer vs Gacy is a crude, offensive film that you shouldn’t waste your time on. Perhaps it should be retitled Not Another Versus Movie and filed alongside Disaster Movie and Vampires Suck.

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