Thursday, February 6, 2014

American Psycho (2000)

Director:Mary Harron

Writers: Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner

Composer: John Cale

Starring: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage, Chloe Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Jared Leto, Willem Defoe, Cara Seymour, Guinevere Turner

More info: IMDb

Tagline: No Introduction Necessary.

Plot: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Boy, it's been years since I last watched this and it's just as fun as before. Christian Bale delivers an incredibly fun performance and the rest of the cast hits all the right marks.  The mix of humor and horror (the emphasis is clearly placed on the humorous outrageousness of it all) is brilliant.  Patrick Bateman (Bale) extolling the merits of Huey Lewis and the News' record catalog while setting up a brutal murder is hilarious.  And then there's the instant-classic scene with the exchange of business cards.  That slays me.  It's a sick and twisted comedy of horror with Christian Bale having a blast on screen.  If you like your serial killers running around naked, covered in blood and wielding a chainsaw that's hungry for blood, then this flick is definitely for you.

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