April 28, 2008

Review #3: American Psycho (2000)

In Attendance- Me, Eryn, and The Vanilla Gorilla (Nicknames are used to protect the innocent, bear with us folks.)

Patrick Bateman, avid 80's music collector, spends his free time educating people on the social implications of the music of such bands as Huey Lewis and the News and Phil Collins. He is also bat-shit nuts, and likes to kill hookers, homeless people, and small kittens. Lucky for him that he lives and kills in the 80's; possibly the most self-indulgent and ignorant decade that we as humans have ever survived.

Huey Lewis & The News... check 'em!
While everyone else is talking about their portfolios and bone colored business cards, Patrick is spreading the message of utter insanity and the benefits of apricot facial scrubs. Hell no he isn't smarmy! He will ask a street hooker to was her vagina only to turn around and ask a high priced call girl to "eat it." If that isn't blurring the socio-economic lines of the class war, I don't know what is.

"Thanks, Obama!"
So he kills all sorts of people, all of them deserving (save for the dumb-as-a-sack-of-hammers model), doing so with a flair unmatched amongst the ranks of serial killers. I wont ruin the ending here, but I will say that it shows us that most people are clueless lemmings and definitely deserve to die. It also gives us a new fondness for 80's pop music.

Apparently, he's a messy eater.
Brilliant from start to finish, American Psycho blends disturbing imagery with a more than fitting social commentary about 80's excess. Christian Bale proves once again, that he is one of the most talented and diverse actors to ever grace the screen.

This movie is perfect for first dates.

Especially if you're planning on killing your date. Very fitting.
Christian Bale's ass. This movie needed more of the ladies getting naked, especially Reese Witherspoon. Also, The Habitrail scene, one of the nastiest scenes in the book, was omitted from the film. Think starved rodent, a Habitrail tube, and a hooker that deserves to be punished. Tell me that wouldn't be twisted and brilliant to see as a deleted scene...

Tube City.
I can't believe he was going to feed the ATM machine a kitten!

That cat will not fit in there!
Gore galore in this one. It's not as nasty and graphic as the book, but American Psycho (the Unrated version, of course), is still pretty disturbing and violent.

She's the one he actually likes.
Hookers having a threesome with Patrick Bateman, and various debutantes having sex... so, yes.

The nudity in this movie was weird.
"Hey Paul!" or "My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this, there is no catharsis; my punishment continues to elude me, and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing."

Who doesn't do that during sex?
80's music has something to say, and in fact, can change the world if only we'd listen closer.

80's songs. Check 'em.
American Psycho is a modern day classic that you must own if you truly love Horror. There's so much at work in the narrative, that you could dissect it for hours, and not even touch but a fraction of it. Also, it's blood and wicked, and full of great moments and lines.

Also, Batman is in it.


American Psycho is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.


Reese Witherspoon is looking good in this one, though her character was insufferable. Chloe Sevigny too. Let's not forget her.


  1. Perfect rating... And I mean that in a nondescriptive way. It's a fact. Okay. The dude stabbed a whore with a chainsaw from several stories above... Really? A+ Any doubters should defenestrate themselves after being forced to watch The Descent 2 back to back to back.

  2. Kill all the humans you like: no problem there. But hurt a cat and we have a problem.

    Automatic deduction of two stars for cat violence.