American Psycho


This feature will be preceded by the short: WIH Massive Blood Drive PSA 2014  (Dir. by Patricia Chica, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Hannah Neurotica, Maude Michaud, Jessica Cameron, Isabel Peppard, 2014, Various, 7 mIns., Not Rated). This short was created for international Women in Horror Month!

Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho is a terrifying and darkly hilarious satire of the status-mad culture of the 1980s, featuring a mesmerizing performance by Christian Bale as a slick Wall Street yuppie driven to horrifying acts of violence by his obsessive desire for success. Writer/director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) offers up a bloody, brutal and razor sharp dissection of the dark side of The American Dream, shot through with wickedly black humor that provokes laughs as well as gasps.

“Horrific and hilarious … it bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Bale is spot-on as the blank corporate drone Patrick Bateman, a preening tiger in designer suits whose speaking voice is part salesman, part self-help guru, and completely artificial. Carrying himself with the poised confidence of a male model, he spends his days in a numbing world of status-symbol one-upmanship, soul-sapping small talk, and awkward encounters with his beautiful fiancée (Reese Witherspoon), but breaks out at night with smirking explosions of gore-splattered homicide (sometimes set to the rocking tunes of his favorite band, Huey Lewis and the News), accomplished with the fastidious care of a hopeless obsessive. As Bateman’s rampage escalates in ever more outrageous fashion (watch out for that naked chainsaw massacre!), the film mutates in to a hilarious, cheerfully insidious hall of mirrors all pointed inward, slowly cracking as the portrait becomes increasingly grotesque and insane. (Dir. by Mary Harron, 2000, USA, 102 mins., Rated R)

PLUS: Let the blood flow for a good cause as we host an onsite American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm, before we roll the classic vampire flick, Near Dark! Donate a pint of blood to those in need and get a free slice of Fresco pizza and a free pass to The Loft Cinema! SIGN UP HERE to reserve your spot in the Blood Truck, as space is limited.