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American Psycho

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  • American Psycho
  • Author: Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner
  • Director: Mary Harron
  • Producer: Joseph Drake, Michael Paseornek and Jeff Sackman
  • Year: 2000
  • Country: US
  • 101 minutes
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A homicidal maniac working on the New York stock exchange. His reasons for killing are debatable, such as extreme envy of fellow co-workers, material obsession, pure hatred or simply no other reason than complete insanity. His lunacy escalates throughout the film, killing at least 20 people in the process, including models, homeless people, co-workers, friends, and anyone else who stands in his way, be it rage, jealousy, or something else.

The only person who he seems to sympathize with is his secretary, Jean, who eventually he can't help but have a desire to murder her. Many times, he can't tell whether these events are real, or simply part of a psychotic delusion brought on by his problems.

Qvamp says:

General inclusions of this movie in the 'gay' category because of the focus on male vanity, beautiful naked men and metrosexuality. The traits that the men exhibit are generally associated with gay stereotypes.

However, it really only contains a minor gay character who is a friend and co-worker of the main, misogynistic and homophobic, character. Ironically, his 'coming out' by admitting to being attracted to the main character, saves his life.

The film is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

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Overall Rating: A+     Queer horror Rating: C+    

The movie was and will always be a classic in my eyes. In and of itself it did not have too much queer content, but it had enough to make you think that Bateman could have not minded experimenting with it at all. Overall the plot gave a lot to learn from and goes in depth with subjects like life and different perspectives of living.


By: Todd Surfs ( toddsurfslbca@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer horror Rating: B+    

Bloody and icily removed.

The highlight, for this reviewer, is seeing Christian Bale having sex with two girls, and the amazing chase, completely naked, of another out of the apartment, down the hall, and into the stairwell of his condo tower with a chainsaw.


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