A black comedy-horror novel by American writer Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1991. It was adapted into a 2000 film directed by Mary Harron and starring Christian Bale in one of his pre-Batman Begins roles.
It is a satirical psychological thriller that delves into the dark and disturbing mind of Patrick Bateman. The story is set in the 1980s during the height of the yuppie culture in New York City. It follows the perspective of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker, as he navigates his high-powered job, materialistic lifestyle, and his double life where he engages in supposed acts of extreme violence, murder and sadism.
The novel is known for its graphic and explicit descriptions of violence, consumerism, and the shallow nature of 1980s society. It has sparked controversy and debate since its release and has been adapted into a film in 2000.
The film was considered a box-office disappointment but has since developed a large cult following. The film experienced a revival of popular interest in the 2020s due to its strong presence in contemporary meme culture, typically centered around Bateman's perceived "sigma" personality.