January 21, 2000 - "American Psycho" premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.
Based on the equally fantastic novel by Bret Easton Ellis (@breteastonellis
), Mary Harron's "American Psycho" finds Christian Bale (@christianbale_
) portraying a wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, who hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into violent, hedonistic fantasies. Bale was warned by many that it would be career suicide for him to play the lead in a film like this, which only made him more eager to take the part. Fortunately for him, the opposite turned out to be true. Bale's role in the film is considered his breakthrough performance, and enabled him to shift his career from supporting roles to leading man status in the decades to come, finally culminating in roles in the Batman and Terminator franchises, worldwide critical acclaim, as well as several movie awards nominations.
Christian Bale extensively studied the "American Psycho" novel and the character of Patrick Bateman in order to get the feel of the character right. To gain his buffed-up appearance in the film, he would spend several hours a day in the gym and then three hours a day with an on-set trainer. It's also rumored he followed the morning routine that his character describes toward the beginning of the film. Additionally, he'd distance himself from others while on-set in order to create a more mysterious & unsettling vibe for Bateman.
🆒 The single biggest cost on the film was purchasing the rights to the various songs used throughout.
#ThisDayInHorrorHistory #Horror #HorrorMovies #HorrorFilms #ScaryMovies #HorrorHistory #CinemaHistory #BehindTheScenes #FilmFacts #FilmHistory #OnThisDay #ThisDayInHistory #VHS #Halloween #HalloweenEveryDay #Horrorgram #InstaHorror #BloodyDisgusting #FrightRags #Fangoria #RueMorgue #HorrorFan #HorrorFanatic #HorrorLife #HorrorNerd #AmericanPsycho #BretEastonEllis #ChristianBale #Sundance #HorrorArt
“Incident in a Ghostland,” directed by Pascal Laugier:
One of last year’s more unforgiving viewing options, “Incident in a Ghostland” is just another example of how Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) remains one of France’s most potent contemporary voices in horror cinema.
There are many horror directors that deal with the subject of trauma in a variety of ways, but few succeed in doing so fearlessly like Laugier. While “Martyrs” dealt with trauma in a nihilistic and philosophical fashion, “Incident” is a much more sensitive look at its mental repercussions. You might see the word “sensitive” and think that this film is more on the softer side, but make no mistake, “Incident” doesn’t skimp out on swift, brutal flashes of violence when it needs to.
There is a home invasion sequence that makes “The Strangers” and any other commercial, dime-a-dozen home invasion horror look about as intense as an episode of Full House.
Having the majority of the film take place in a very old school, excessively Euro (Argento) inspired house filled with porcelain dolls creates a false sense of dreaminess that threatens to break, and does, throughout the film. The juxtaposition between the grave reality of inexplicable violence and a may-or may-not be haunted backdrop adds to the film’s uneasy tone.
Is it as gory or graphic as “Martyrs”? No. But that really isn’t what makes “Incident” so hard to shake off after the credits roll. The portrayal of deep trauma within the mind of a young woman struggling with her own situation is what really gets to you.
I also can’t finish this review without commending Laugier on how he writes strong women, the three female leads all give fantastic performances. I was surprised at how heartbroken I was during one particularly roughl reveal concerning our main heroine, Beth, which further proves how effective Laugier’s script and his actresses are. “Incident” is an effective companion piece to “Martyrs” and it contains a brilliant example of restraint that never takes away from its harder to sit through scenes. It’s visceral, it’s emotionally scarring and it’s one of my favorite female driven horror films in the last five years, up there with “Revenge.”
• The slasher revival that began in 1996 with Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson collab, SCREAM, burned fast and bright and was already fading by the time SCREAM 3 came along, four years later. I guess nobody told 2001’s VALENTINE that it‘d missed the party. That’s not to say Jamie Blanks’ follow up to the far superior URBAN LEGEND doesn’t have its moments, there are some nice directorial choices, the killer’s costume is almost iconic and the Valentine’s Day element is nicely realised. However, the very white cast looks bored throughout and there is very little suspense; the finale is anti-climactic and kills, while inventive, are often incredibly mean-spirited. Ultimately, VALENTINE takes itself far too seriously and it’s that lack of campy fun that leaves little left to love.💔• #horror #horrorfilm #horrormovie #horrorflick #horrorgram #instahorror #instareview #slasher #2000s #DavidBoreanaz #DeniseRichards #KatherineHeigl