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that collection of serial killer bubble gum cards that had all the little
blue haired ladies so bent out of shape a few years back? Now there's
an actual series of DVDs dramatizing the lives of America's three most
notorious serial killers - "Ted Bundy", "Dahmer", and "Gacy". I saw
all three in less than two days and I hope you will excuse me if I do
not want to talk to anybody for the next three or four months. They
will, however, be the topic of my address at this year's convention
of American Christian Rednecks Opposing New York Maoists (ACRONYM).
Let's start with "Dahmer"
just to get it out of the way - This movie is the most ill conceived
thing since "The Powers Booth Comedy Hour". The only fit response to
these characters is hatred and disgust, which is exactly how I felt
about the killers in "Gacy" and "Ted Bundy". But at the end of "Dahmer"
I felt like I'd just sat through a "Sixty Minutes" report about some
mess like Israel or the homeless - A pretty wussy way to feel about
a necrophiliac cannibal, if you ask me. I understand that in Hollywood
there are strictly enforced regulations on how bad you can make a homosexual
look in a motion picture, but this movie is so nonjudgmental about Dahmer
I worry about its creators being around children or moving into my
neighborhood. I can't blame them for not wanting to show this maniac
having sex with dead bodies, carving them up, eating parts of them,
and dissolving the leftovers in a big blue barrel of acid - I think
I may have read just one newspaper article too many - but to completely
leave that out of the movie is as repulsive as including it. Jeff Dahmer
was trying to create an army of zombie sex slaves, for God's sake! You're
gonna make us sit through thirty, forty minutes of Jeff sitting around
talking with some black guy that he doesn't even kill but we don't see
anything about trying to create an army of zombie sex slaves? A Dahmer
movie without cannibalism is like a Ted Nugent concert without a lot
of screaming about Gun Control. What if somebody had told George Romero
while he was writing "Night Of The Living Dead" "But George, why cannibalism?
Can't the zombies just serve people drinks with drugs in them so they
pass out and then they just . . . Uh, look at em?" Nobody's pulling
any punches for Ted Bundy or John Wayne Gacy around here, why is everybody
being so discreet for this Dahmer guy?
The movie doesn't even show
Dahmer being brought to justice. But, then, can there ever be such a
thing as "Justice" for a gay man in this bigoted society? Dahmer was
beaten to death by another inmate in a prison bathroom - Imagine the
cinematic possibilities! But that's not in the movie, probably because
the guy who killed Dahmer was black and that might be racist. Not nearly
as racist as actually murdering God only knows how many black people,
but how dare I suggest such a thing about as delicate a flower of a
man as Jeffrey Dahmer? Hell, if you're gonna whitewash the bastard's
life why not go all the way and make a movie about how he was completely
innocent of all the charges brought against him and was in fact a victim
of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy? Get Oliver Stone to do it, he's crazy
enough to do anything. Oh, am I being grouchy? Let's move on to more
pleasant matters, like John Wayne Gacy. Of course he was crazy with
a name like that. Our editor says that his son will be named Keanu Reeves
when I first saw it. After "Ted Bundy" and "Dahmer" this tale of a Midwestern
Suburban Blue Collar Family Guy just seemed kinda . . . Wal Mart. He's
just this sad Ralph Kramden kinda closet homo who sneaks young guys
into the garage to rape em, kill em, and stash the bodies under the
house. This guy makes more of a big deal out of a backyard Fourth Of
July barbecue than he does out of murder - What's exciting about that?
But then I realized that
the same simplicity, that same down home lack of pretense, was the whole
point! John Wayne Gacy was the Springsteen, the John Cougar Mellencamp,
the . . . Who else is boring? Oh, the Paul
Westerberg of serial killers! No hype, no glamour, no flash - Just
basic, no frills, straight to the point sexual assault, strangulation,
and disposal the way Dad would have done it if he had done it and, who
knows, maybe he did. I'm talkin' about your Dad. If my Dad had homicidal
urges I'da been dead years ago. Whatever happened to the twins?
Gacy is a pretty unpleasant
dude so the filmmakers liven things up with a whole bunch of goofy,
funny characters freaking out over what an odd duck he is. If they had
all gotten together to compare notes the whole case would have been
broken much earlier. But noooo, they're all too busy to COMMUNICATE!
And without communication there can be no COMMUNITY! And without community
there can be no COMMUNISM! And without . . . Eh, everybody just mind
yer own business, awready . . .
But you just want to hear
about the Clown Stuff, right? Yeah yeah yeah, Gacy was a part time professional
clown who performed at children's parties. And once he was exposed as
a killer no one has hired a single clown since. Too bad he wasn't a
folk singer. Gacy also spent a lot of time painting pictures of clowns.
Those paintings are in great demand today (Although I don't think "John
Wayne Gacy - Live At Folk City" would be much of a seller) and are seen
in "Gacy" where we are hammered with one after another of them as if
they are the most scary things ever. Oooohhh . . . CLOWNS!!! And then,
right in the middle of em, they throw in a painting of Jesus Christ
- Clown, Clown, Clown, Christ, Clown . . . What is that? Some kinda
JOKE? Droll - Very, very droll. You're killin' me, I'm dyin' here, I'm
gettin' my Last Rites you're so funny. But I know a good formula when
I see one - Turd, Turd, Turd, Forbis, Turd . . . [ed - Oh yeah? How
about HACK WRITER, HACK WRITER, SALEEBY'S A QUEER!? (It's my mag, John...
I've told you not to fuck with me.)]
Titles at the end tell us
Gacy's Last Words after his lethal injection were "Kiss my ass!". What
they don't tell you is that his last words BEFORE that were "Kiss my
ass! Kiss my dick! Kiss my butt! Kiss my nuts! Please! Please! Kiss
my ass! Kiss my ass! Gimme that big prison guard Dick awready! Kiss
my ass! Uh . . . "
Bundy" is easily the best of these films. Michael Reilly Burke plays
Bundy and is even better than Mark Harmon in the Made For TV Bundy movie
a few years ago. No, you are not seeing things - EVEN BETTER THAN MARK
HARMON! You coulda knocked me over with a feather. But use the whole
chicken - You won't want me to get up. I'll be pissed. Also, more than
a mere "Serial Killer Movie" or a "Real Crime Movie", "Bundy" makes
it as an actual "Movie". "Dahmer" and "Gacy" are too dependent on you
already being freaked out by the facts of the case to get your attention
- What is this, "Dragnet"? "Ted Bundy", on the other hand (It's in Dahmer's
fridge), doesn't need that Jack Webb
"The Story You Are About To See Is True" crap! Like all great works
of Cinema "Ted Bundy" has the power to present human truth independant
of anything which did or did not happen in the real world. I am never
more of a Frenchman than I am at such a moment as this! Pierre! Most
absinthe! My "The Errand Boy" DVD!
Conventional accounts dwell
on the Jekyll and Hyde aspect of Bundy's existence - His ability to
present the image of a preppy law student and political campaign worker
while murdering boatloads of young women at the same time. "Ted Bundy"
don't care about that! There are dozens of missing girls decomposed
to dust and bones all over the Western US and anybody who thought he
was such a Nice Young Man got over it a long time ago. "Ted Bundy" is
a movie about A FLAT OUT RAVING NUT! YAHOOOOOOOO!! Jim Carrey and Jeff
Daniels in "Dumb And Dumber" look like Jack and Bobby Kennedy after
you've seen this movie. No, really. Just rent the DVDs and play em back
to back - It's freaky!
"Ted Bundy" only shows Ted's
Mark Harmon act at its closest to the breaking point - His relationship
with Lee, a nice woman he is apparently using for money. This poor woman
is played by a very cute actress named Boti Ann Bliss and somebody owes
her a nice role after the indignities she endures in this movie. Ladies,
here is hint - If you are ever in bed having sex with a guy and he asks
you to pretend that you are dead, immediately chomp down with your Vaginal
Teeth as hard as you can and get the hell outta there even if it means
running down the street bare assed naked. No, wait, Lee can't get away
cause she let Ted tie her wrists and ankles to the headboard. Hey, that
Boti Ann Bliss is one flexible chick! Maybe those aren't her legs tied
to the headboard? Maybe there's a hole in the mattress and she's sitting
on a stool and those are a couple of fake special effects legs that
we're looking at? What a movie!
Another thing, girls - Next
time your boyfriend's apartment stinks real bad and he tells you it's
because he left a bologna sandwich on the counter - Baloney! Who the
hell eats bologna? He's got a decapitated head in there! For every guy
eating bologna these days there are half a dozen playing around with
dead heads! Get out! Get out before he ties you to the headboard and
asks you to pretend to be dead! GO! WHILE YOU CAN!
Savini did the special effects make up for "Ted Bundy", which consists
mostly of painting young actresses the same shade of "Corpse Blue" he
used on the zombies in "Dawn Of The Dead". The dead blue girls in "Ted
Bundy" just lie around in the woods pretending to be dead. Hopefully
you will be too busy going "Damn you, Ted Bundy! God damn you straight
to Hell!" to notice how fine and naked they are under that blue shit
. . . I guess it's too late for me. So there's another tip for you,
ladies - Stay away from guys that try to paint you blue before having
sex with you. Yeah, look out for guys who want to rub you down with
rotten bologna and paint you blue and then tie you to the headboard
- They might be using you for money!
The only scene in "Ted Bundy"
I didn't understand is the one where the police find Ted's Special Fun
Place out in the woods and one cop tells another they've found "three
bodies and seven heads". Does that mean they found three bodies with
three heads on top and four heads with no bodies? Maybe three of the
heads belonged to three of the bodies? Has this matter ever come up
on that "CSI" show? I dunno, the only time I ever watched that it was
about a serial killer with all these little kids buried in his yard.
Jesus! Don't you people ever get tired of this stuff?
Maybe we can't prevent all
this killing in reality but why do people get such a kick out of it
in the movies? How long until those creeps at HBO come up with a dramatic
series about a serial killer? It's such an obvious idea that if they
don't do it Showtime will. Aw, screw HBO and Showtime - Let's just have
the god damn Serial Killer Channel, you spooks'll eat it up. Get Viacom
on the phone, if they're dumb enough to go for complete ownership of
Comedy Central they'll go for anything - Anything that doesn't have
my name on it, I mean. You can have my Serial Killer Channel idea, makin'
a pile of money is a lot more important to you than it is to me - I
was exposed to John Lennon And Yoko Ono at an impressionable age. Like
TNT and USA, the Serial Killer Channel will run the same three or four
movies over and over again so these three movies, along with "Henry-Portrait
Of A Serial Killer", will comprise eighty percent of it's programming.
Late night the Channel will go off the air for paid programming and
if you put that "Girls Gone Wild" infomercial on it will be in even
worse taste than usual. Maybe you can put a blue tint on the video?
It's too late for me.
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