Friday, October 6, 2017
8213: Gacy House (2010)
Found footage style films can be pretty hit-or-miss. They are cheap to make since they generally don't require a lot of crew or equipment, although there are some spectacular exceptions like Cloverfield.
Unfortunately, 8213: Gacy House is not an exception.
The premise is a typical video evidence-seeking ghost-hunter scenario with the standard cast of characters in such films. The only refreshing bit to this is that these brave paranormal videographers are seeking the ghost of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, whose name is well-known because he really existed.
Given Gacy's real-life proclivities, this viewer thought two things: One, that any appearance by Mr. Gacy's spirit will be brutal. Two, the female characters in the group really shouldn't have much to worry about.
Sadly, neither of those thoughts came to pass. The story unravels slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so, with everything you'd expect from this type of angry ghost story. It did start to pick up the pace towards the end, but the finale was a big let down.
Oh, the ending. It's almost as if the production ran out of money before they finished shooting it.
If you like found-footage films you might enjoy this one. It just really wasn't doing it for this viewer.
Film Information: 8213 Gacy House