Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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The Demon Butcher of Wall Street

If you haven't guessed already, today's theme is American Psycho.  More specifically, it's Patrick Bateman who's my focus, and the many men who've slipped on the see-through raincoat and bloodied up their white boxer briefs.

Although all Patrick Bateman's stem from the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, it wasn't the novel, nor the 2000 film that directly spurred on today's theme.  My real interest in Bateman the character, stemmed from promotional images of Benjamin Walker from the 2016 Broadway adaptation.  I had saved a few images planning a future post on Walker.  A few months ago, I was reminded of that desktop folder after seeing two image of Mikey Maverick on Reddit.   As you can see, Mickey's costume is an eye catcher, and both of his tools are both impressive, and frightening in size...

With the current occupant int he White House horrifying much of the rest of the world, the book and main character has taken on an even broader meaning than even Ellis could have predicted.  Check out the next two pages full of a bunch of butchering Bateman's.  From the screen to the stage, and course given it's FH, some talented artists and models bringing their own creative take to the iconic character.


The Terrorizing Torontonian


'Matt channelled 'the actor' channelling the protagonist from American Psycho. As you can see Matt was able to draw upon his acting skills to portray a psychotic, yet sexy character.'

Some long time FH readers undoubtedly remember the site's 2011 first model search competition organized between FH and photographer Chris Teel.  The deserving winner was actor, dancer and model Matt Eldracher, and part of his prize was a shoot with Chris.  

One of the inspirations for their first shoots was Patrick Bateman, and Matt used his experience as an actor to fully commit to the character.  One of the things I especially liked about Matt's Bateman was his beautifully intense expression of torment.  I didn't feel bad for Bateman in the film, but there is a sadness and longing to the character that Matt and Chris so beautifully capture. Virtually return to 2011, and the original piece recently updated with images not featured when I originally posted.  Check out Canadian Carnage HERE:

Benjamin Walker in American Psycho: The Musical

'There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.'
Patrick Bateman

American Psycho: The Musical 
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 
Performances: 54 (Apr 21, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016) 

'No carcass is more spectacularly toned than Mr. Walker’s, which is just as well, since he spends much of the second act in nothing but (bloodstained, natch) tighty-whities. But it is made clear that he’s not just another pretty six-pack. (With his hair in a smooth 1950s Tony Randall cut, he suggests a Ken doll in a toy chest full of action figures.) Even more than Matt Smith, who originated the role in London, Mr. Walker presents Patrick as an insecure man who deeply needs to fit in and despises himself for doing so'
NewYork Times

I wasn't really that familiar with Benjamin Walker when I first saw promotional shots for his role in American Psycho: The Musical.  Those tighty whitie shots however, left an impression and I've seen seen a few of his movies.  The musical, adapted by Riverdale writer and creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa  from the book by Bret Easton Ellis began in London but soon made it's way to Broadway.

Check out more from the Broadway production on the NEXT PAGE HERE:  and more Patrick Bateman's on stage HERE:

No Introduction Necessary: Luke by Studio1x

'I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.'
Patrick Bateman

FH viewers are keenly aware of my love of holidays, especially Halloween.  Although I've visually celebrated  Halloween beginning with the site's first year, it's gotten bigger and more elaborate over the last five years.  In those early years, I was hunting down holiday themed images, and mostly using familiar  images that most viewers had seen again and again.

As FH grew, I was fortunate to have many generous photographers share their holiday images, and some, shot specifically for the site.  It has become a tradition to see Gordon Nebenkerns Christmas elves, and imagery from New Manhattan Studios, Lights On Studio and Studio1x over the holidays. Most of the creative ideas for the shoots come from the artists themselves, but often, I bug them with an idea or two, like my hunt for the perfect male witch.

This Halloween, everything beautifully came together.  When I was talking with Tom from Lights On Studio, the theme was easy.  If you check back on the 31st, you'll understand when you see the model, there was no other choice.  When Jim from Studio1x and I began going back and forth on themes, we batted several ideas back and forth.  I had an idea, but wasn't sure if I might be asking too much... 

Last Halloween, I got it in my head to find images that paid homage to the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. (HERE: & HERE:)  I spent more time than I should have looking for images shots that featured a male 'Marian', lathering up before Norman's arrival.   It was too late to ask an artist to put together a shoot, but I did find enough images to finish the theme.  I was also fortunate to have an original drawing from Classic Configuration featuring one of FH's most popular models soaping up.

I've had many movies and characters I've wanted to feature next, and I think most of you already know what movie was on my mind for this year.  Patrick Bateman has become an iconic symbol and the ultimate stereotype yuppie greed, shallowness, narcissism and of course the violence and horror that often comes along with them. 

Although Jim was game from the start, he was a little hesitate given he hadn't seen the movie.  I quickly sent him a few images to help visualize what I was looking for.  Basically, there only a handful of looks I was hoping Jim could re-created.  Looks I think most fans of the movie and character associate with the Wall Street killer.  Patrick is known for his see-through raincoat, his white underwear, his blade, and of course his chainsaw.  Who have guessed the chainsaw would be the easiest part...

Jim had a chainsaw, but had to look for the see-through rain coat.   The biggest challenge however were not the props, it was finding just the right model.  Jim already had several models in mind for his Halloween shoot before I through my Patrick Bateman idea at him.  He wasn't sure however, if any of them would be prepared to be washing fake blood out of their crevices days and days after the shoot was over.

As you can see, Jim was successful.  model Luke London not only got into having the blood put on, he also welcomed Jim to shoot him washing it off.  Luke also did an incredible job of getting into character and into the murderous mind set of the Manhattan madman.  As hot as Luke is, those killer looks of his are beautifully, but utterly disturbing. 

Did I mention there was a chainsaw involved....  Check out more of Jim's shots with Luke when the butchering banker picks up his chainsaw, and gets rid of those bloody undies on the NEXT PAGE HERE:.