Fridge / American Psycho
- At the end of the film, Bateman's lawyer insists Bateman couldn't have murdered Paul Allen, as the lawyer had dinner with Allen only a few days ago. While this might seem to support the notion that the murders were all in his head, it's shaky evidence at best; Bateman's lawyer confuses Bateman for another one of his clients, so who's to say he really had dinner with Allen, instead of another yuppie he thought to be Allen?
- This is actually hinted at twice, during the final scenes of the movie at Harry's Bar. First, when Bateman walks in and sits down with the others, McDermott gestures over to Bryce and mentions that he "just got back, and he's drinking mineral water. He's a changed man." This indicates that Bryce has just returned from a not-insignificant trip. Where to? Well, just after Ronald Reagan's speech later on, if you pay close attention, Bryce speaks several of his lines in a bad British accent, as a pretentious person like him might do after spending a few days in England. It seems likely that Carnes had dinner in London with Bryce, whom he thinks is called Paul Allen. note
- I just realised why the main character's name is significant. Patrick Bate man.
- He also appears to Bait all of his victims.
- Bateman's lengthy descriptions of the outfits that people wear have a slightly sinister hidden purpose. After a bit, the reader stops bothering to read every little detail about how "Hamlin is wearing a suit by Lubiam, a great looking striped spread-collar cotton shirt from Burberry, a silk tie by Resikeio and a belt from Ralph Lauren," which occurs nearly every chapter. This causes the reader, much like the yuppies themselves, to not pay that close attention to what Bateman is saying, which can, in a few cases, much like his "friends," cause the reader to miss something horrific that Bateman might say mid narration, while simultaneously showing how the reader, who is supposedly actively "listening" to what Bateman has to say, begins to treat what he has to say about things with the same lack of care that the yuppies do.
- Word of God said that he very deliberately chose what outfits that he was describing in any given scene, so that if you actually look up the clothing products, you'd realize how clownish and stupid they look together.
- Related to the clothes as well - almost every time the narrator, in a single scene, praises someone's clothes (usually his own) and ridicules someone else's clothes, the two people being talked about are wearing almost identical outfits- but from different brands!
- In the movie, Patrick's business card is colored "bone". Patrick's a Serial Killer.
- Also note that Bateman's card has a typo, spelling the company's name as "Pierce &Pierce", while everyone else's cards have it as "Pierce & Pierce", a very obvious mistake that nobody else seems to notice. Possibly because nobody at the table noticed that they had all misspelled "Acquisitions" as "Aquisitions".
- The Wall Street firm Bateman works for is called Pierce & Pierce, also the name of the firm Sherman McCoy works for in The Bonfire of the Vanities.
- The first time I saw the movie, I was trying to figure out what the artworks in Patrick's apartment were supposed to be depicting. (the black and white art print of the man in the suit) At first I thought the man was supposed to be falling but with the pose, I realized the pose suggested he is being attacked, with his arm held up defensively. Can also count as Foreshadowing if you notice it before Paul Allen gets axed in Bateman's apartment.
- If you listen to the music Patrick Bateman plays and speaks passionately about during his most graphics murders at his apartment building, you notice the message in the songs describe Bateman's personality. Huey Lewis and the News song "Hip To Be Square" is a song about faking it to make it and blending into society rather than standing out, which Bateman admits to his fiance he was doing, as well as him making this clear through narration. The second song was Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love Of All", which is about the power of loving ones self. Simply put, Bateman fakes his personality to hide his true nature, and the only person he cares about is himself.
- A bit of Fridge Horror if you don't mind. Early on in the book in a dinner conversation Patrick quietly, and coyly, mutters this line, in response to Evelyn's claim of him being a boy next door type.
"No I'm not," he laughs, "I'm a fucking evil psychopath."
While this line is both devilishly humorous yet alarming on the first read of the book, one is most likely imagining the Bateman played by Christian Bale saying these lines, and it elicits a bit of an "ahaha, he's an american psycho," on the second read of the book, once the reader has digested the full, dreadful, unending nightmare of Bateman's utter devotion to murders of the most heinous and disgusting degree, one probably not seen in many other books. The second reading of this line, especially in respect to what he did to Bethany, the girl whose stomach he "ripped open with [his] bare hands," and the girl featured in the chapter "Girl" (the rat one), this line made me more than a little queasy.
Well played, Easton Ellis. Well played.