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History

Book

In 1991, American writer Bret Easton Ellis published American Psycho, a horror novel following a short period in life of Patrick Bateman, a 26-year-old Manhattan investment banker living a second life as a serial killer preying on prostitutes, colleagues and, later, random people as his mind state begins to deteriorate.

The book was a subject of several controversies, partly due to gruesome scenes of violence. The original publisher Simon & Schuster withdrew from the project due to “aesthetic differences,” with the novel instead being published by Vintage Books. In Germany the book was deemed “harmful to minors.”

Film

On April 14th, 2000, thriller film American Psycho based on the novel was released. The film is co-written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Mary Harron and stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman (fan-made trailer shown below).

In 2002, a direct-to-video stand-alone sequel American Psycho II: All American Girl was released.

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