The most horrifying thing to me about American Psycho is Patrick Bateman’s almost plastic movements throughout the film. In this scene, watch as he sets up the murder, his movement are so blatantly contrived and the rhythm with which he speaks, as he’s putting on the raincoat in the bathroom to synchronized head movements, are visible attributes of his madness. But i think his mannerisms and the mention of so many name brands throughout the film are insight into the sickness that was (and perhaps arguably still is) the American mind.
Bateman has a keen madness which is both demonstrative and, arguably, discontented with this state of mind. He plays Huey Lewis and The News’ “Hip To Be Square” and then, brutally puts an axe to a drunk, unsuspecting business man. One thing i always notice when he’s murdering someone is the sudden fluidity of his movements. He no longer has the fixed mechanical action process. His madness, and acts of madness can therefore be seen both as a violence against the American mind- a sort of protest to elitism and “hip” ideologies that the Americans depicted in the film are so insistent on preserving and apparently barbarically upholding- and an embodiment of that ideology, as he hacks again and again at the body, criticizing his victim still, after death. I think, just briefly, we could also look at the suave mise-en-scene, and think of the brutal acts taking place within it, as a commentary on the brutal actions that would take place in the polished U.S.