18. American Psycho
Release Year: 2000
Directed By: Mary Harron
Starring: Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, Chloë Sevigny, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage, Matt Ross, Jared Leto, Samantha Mathis, Willem Dafoe, Cara Seymour, Guinevere Turner, Krista Sutton, Catherine Black, Stephen Bogaert, Anthony Lemke, Patricia Gage, Reg E. Cathey
Release Date: Sunday, Sept. 1
Sometimes we’re lucky enough to have throwback classics, or throwback cult classics, right at our easy access on Netflix. But sometimes they leave disappear as quickly as they came. This month, one such throwback film that’s a usual Netflix suspect makes its streaming comeback, just one year shy of its 20th anniversary. American Psycho makes its grand and chilling return to Netflix as one of September’s best new movie you won’t want to miss.
Based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, a rich New York investment banker seems to lead a pristine luxury lifestyle on the outside. But he moonlights as a ruthless serial killer and, obviously, he hides this side of himself from everyone in his life. Patrick sinks deeper into his violent fantasies, leading to some shocking revelations about his character and what exactly’s going on in his mind.
Upon release, American Psycho polarized critics when it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and continued to polarize critics and audiences throughout its theatrical run. The film holds a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed a worldwide total of $34.3 million against its $7 million budget. Still, American Psycho has lived on as a cult classic and spawned a panned 2002 sequel starring Mila Kunis, though it’s not connected to the original. Be sure to catch the fan-favorite movie when it returns to Netflix at the top of September.