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Book-to-Movie Night: American Psycho
March 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CET
Print your business cards and return your videotapes – you won’t want to miss this month’s book-to-movie night!
Showtime is at 19:00 and we will include a short intermission about halfway through.
(Reservations are recommended, space is limited! This event is “pay what you want” entry.)
About the film:
The movie adaptation of American Psycho is a 2000 black comedy horror film directed by Mary Harron. Written by Harron and Guinevere Turner, it is based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel American Psycho. Set in the late 1980s, the film stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, a yuppie New York City investment banker who is gradually revealed to be a serial killer preying on homeless people, work colleagues, prostitutes, and finally random members of the public. The film also stars Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Chloë Sevigny, Samantha Mathis, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, and Reese Witherspoon.
Producer Edward R. Pressman purchased the film rights to the novel in 1992. After discussions with David Cronenberg fell through, Harron was brought on to direct and Bale was cast in the lead role. Lions Gate Films acquired worldwide distribution in 1997 and temporarily replaced Harron and Bale with Oliver Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio respectively. After DiCaprio left in favor of The Beach instead, Harron and Bale were brought back.
American Psycho debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2000, and was released theatrically on April 14, 2000. The film was a financial success and received mostly positive reviews, with particular praise for both Bale’s performance and the screenplay. It has since developed a cult following. A direct-to-video sequel, American Psycho 2, was released in 2002, albeit with almost no relation to the original.