Screening as part of Uncanny Valley — late night movies fortnightly on Fridays at Filmhouse.
Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel, Mary Harron’s psychological slasher oozes style and provides a rather sardonic social commentary on the yuppie lifestyle in the late 1980s.
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a wealthy executive on Wall Street.
Obsessed with success and his own appearance, he spends his days mingling over fine dining, devouring hard drugs and inner monologuing his detest for the bourgeois crowd around him and the ‘filth’ walking the streets.
From this is born a killer, a psychotic maniac who serenades his victims with bombastic trivia surrounding pop music and contemporary culture. Chilling and bizarre, American Psycho is a pitch-black satire and a modern classic.