American Psycho

One of most shocking things about this gruesome psychological thriller starring Christian Bale as a yuppie serial killer who ruthlessly tortures women to death, is that it was written and directed by women. Based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel, the screenplay was adapted by Guinevere Turner and Mary Harron, who was also slated to direct, and who made the unlikely choice of “Newsie” Bale as the charming killer. Opening to positive reviews as well as impassioned scorn, the film elicited charges of misogyny and was praised by the New York Times as a “lean and mean horror comedy classic.” Time has proven them right, and American Psycho remains a giddy, grotesque favorite in the dark hearts of cinephiles and cultists, cementing Bale’s Patrick Bateman as an indie anti-hero for the ages.

Thu., Oct. 22, 7 p.m., 2015

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