i was pretty confident that all the killings in the movie were all imagined. how else to explain: * the police car exploding with a single shot, where even PB is shocked at the movie style explosion * the lawyer who tells him that he had lunch with the person in london that PB thought he had already murdered * the atm machine that tells him to feed the cat to the machine * right after the massacre in the apartment, he finds it totally cleaned up without any police investigation or the nyc post coming up with a headlining story about a bloody killing. instead, there's a real estate agent * leaves a message for his victim's fiancee on the answering machine that the victim is traveling to london, trying to match the voice and tone of the victim. somehow, the fiancee doesn't even recognize the voice of her own boyfriend, the victim. * killing that prositute with a chain saw without waking up any of the neighbors. and, then dropping his chain saw as she runs down the stairs with a perfect, almost impossible shot. etc..... but, in an interview, the cowriter who also played one of thevictims, is saying that they intended to show the killings were all real. http://www.planetout.com/popcorn....er.html
PQ: Back to American Psycho. How did you tackle writing the film version of a book that has been vilified as overly violent? GT: First, I read the book. The director [Mary Harron] and I agreed that it had to have a lot less violence. Then we just started making the list of scenes we liked, stuff we thought was funny, horror we thought we could film suggestively, rather than showing an axe going into someone's head. Then we made a list of those things we liked and tried to make it into a coherent narrative. And we decided early on that we wanted it to be clear that Patrick Bateman is really killing people. But talking to people over the last few days I realize we may have failed to convey that. Because everyone tells me they think it was just a dream, that the murders didn't happen. PQ: So you are saying ... GT: All the killings that happen in American Psycho are real. Those characters certainly did die. But if they don't seem real it's because some of the details exist only in the mind of Patrick Bateman. He glamorizes the murders and it is through his eyes that the story is told. PQ: Was there a concern about two women helming a project like American Psycho? GT: On the contrary, I think it was a very deliberate choice so that we would bear the brunt of the feminist outcry. The producers wanted to deflect past criticisms that the story was misogynistic. It's amusing to me because, if anything, our version is anti-male. By toning down the violence and turning up the satire the men just look so foolish or beastly. And then there's the way the male characters see women as commodities. I think the film ends up as a sharp poke at men. And I have to say that so far the reaction from women has been really good. Women who hated the book have told me they love the film.