American Psycho 2 (1998) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This is a case of a sequel that was not inspired in any way by the original.

Here's what seems to have happened:  this was originally a teen slasher film called All American Girl, about a student who wants a teaching assistantship and kills off all the other kids in the class who might present any competition.

They re-wrote it a teensy bit, and slapped American Psycho 2 into the title. The rewrite added the following:

  • The professor is teaching criminology. He specializes in serial murders. He mentions Patrick Bateman a few times.
  • The killer, as a child, watched her baby sitter become one of Bateman's original victims.


To get the idea, picture this:

Take Freddy Got Fingered, add a scene with a sled named Rosebud, and call it Citizen Kane 2. Or add some religious icons, and call it Andrei Rublev 2. Or have Tom Green push a baby carriage down some steps, and call it Battleship Potemkin 2.

You get the idea.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • widescreen anamorphic, 1.85

The original American Psycho was witty, gruesome, lurid, intelligent, sardonic, cynical, and satirical. Even the violence was carried out at a sophisticated level of stylized art and humor. 

The "sequel" has almost no wit. The violence is unimaginative run-of-the-mill slasher stuff. The production values are third rate. There is minimal satire. It has no nudity. It stars Bill Shatner. It's just some grade-b unproduced script that was cobbled to fit the title.

The Critics Vote

  • BBC 2/5

The People Vote ...

  • with their dollars: I think it went straight to vid
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D.

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