George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
American Psycho is a 2000 psychological horror/crime film directed and co-written by Mary Harron and starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas and Reese Witherspoon. American Psycho is based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel and grossed $34.30 million and has a 69% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Set in 1998, a wealthy New York banker called Patrick Bateman (Bale) hides his psychopathic alter ego from the world. As he hides this alter ego from his co-workers and friends he begins to delves deeper into his brutally violent fantasies.
I went into American Psycho expecting a slasher movie and instead delved deeper into a depiction of the life of modern man and his place in society, even if it is a brutally violent life. This movie is simply about eliminating competition the easy way, by killing your opponents and destroying everyone around you. This can sicken the audience at times but still keep you engaged throughout the whole 102 minute runtime as you want to see what occurs next.
Every aspect of this film works, American Psycho at its most basic is a horror comedy film with the comedy working incredibly well while also being extremely violent, sometimes both as the same time. Now I've never read the book that American Psycho is based of so I cant add much there but what I can say is that this film is a fantastic horror film that entertains its audience with every action that occurs.
Without a doubt the most underrated movie of the year when it was released but as the past 20 years flew by American Psycho has gained somewhat of a cult following and is now without a doubt one of best the psychological horror movies I've seen in recent years. Personally I'm not too much of a horror guy but for me, American Psycho was a fascinating look into the deranged human mind and with every twist and turn I found myself drawn more and more into the story. The opening monologue and narration by Christian Bale is fantastic and worked incredibly.
Christian Bale is psychotic, funny and horrifying in the leading role and should have, in my opinion, won the best actor Oscar at the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000 as his performance is incredible throughout. Bateman represents the typical image of a high society American man, a greedy and selfish person that will exploit people when given the chance, so him knowing he's deranged and psychotic allows the character to become even more interesting as you delve deeper into his mind as the film goes on.
Am I psycho for loving this movie? Surely not. As I mentioned before I'm not a massive horror fan like some people are, but I do enjoy watching most horror films sometimes. For me, American Psycho was one of the best I've seen, the mix of horror and comedy worked incredibly well and I'm sure this is one of the films I'll re-watch time and time again to delve deeper into the psychological mind.
What are your thoughts on American Psycho?