American Psycho


So in American Psycho, Patrick Bateman's major rival is a man named Paul Allen. Considering the way both stories play with the way the upper class uses epicurean pursuits as an excuse to debase themselves, with the main character going over the deep end to murder, I didn't think this was accidental.
Just curious if anyone thought Bret Easton Ellis was specifically referencing this. Paul Allen is a common enough name, but there are other narrative and thematic similarities that make me think there is something there.



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It's quite possible. In his Paris Review interview Ellis said that the over-thet-top gore of American Psycho had been inspired by the British anthology films Tales form the Crypt and Vault of Horror. Perhaps he's a fan of the 1960s-1970s Hammer and Amicus films he may have seen at a drive-in or on late night TV as a kid.

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Awesome! Thanks for answering. I think that's enough to confirm it to me. There are at least a couple parallels here with American Psycho.



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