In the first few reels of the film, you get acquainted with the protagonist. He or she might show some odd behavior but mostly things seem normal. Then, you start noticing changes in their manners either due to their own inner conflicts or sometimes, due to external circumstances. Halfway through the film, all hell breaks loose and the protagonist goes completely mad. You don’t know what he or she is going to do next. You are hooked till the final moments of the film wanting to know will he/she damage others or himself. I just described to you the typical plot of descent into madness movies. We don’t have a genre defined for such kind of movies, but there have been so many great movies made on the subject that ideally there should be a separate genre of such films. And one such film that belong to that “special” genre is American Psycho.
Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman’s blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch.
If you love American Psycho like me, I am sure you must be looking for similar films. While it is virtually impossible to find a film that’s as brilliant as American Psycho we still have tried our best to come up with a list of films similar to American Psycho. Have a look. If you are interested, you might be able to watch some of these movies like American Psycho on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
10. Nightcrawler (2014)
‘Nightcrawler’ is a deeply unsettling drama about a man who will go to any lengths to achieve success. The protagonist is Lou Bloom-portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal — a small time thief, who firstly comes across as only mildly insane. Gradually, from underneath the mask of a photographer-cum-salesman, Lou’s level of insanity begins to show. Lou, in the blinding glare of his success, becomes a villain. He seems to have no moral code, no life altering dilemmas and no love for any one in general. Ambition is his only virtue and vice.
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