GIRLS ON HORROR (Oct. 28): Mary Harron

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BY ARIANA POTICHNYJ

Role in the horror community: Writer/director, although she’s not always focused on horror or film (she’s done a couple of guest directing gigs for shows like Oz and Six Feet Under)

Claim to fame: If you ask any of the hipsters I attend school with on a regular basis, they will tell you it would be I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). Although, I feel like most people would have really gotten acquainted with Harron while they held their heads and stared wide-eyed up at American Psycho (2000).

Weapon of choice: Psychology. We see it in everything she’s put her hands on. The Moth Diaries (2011), although admittedly a bit lacklustre, does really highlight the tension between human emotions and pure evil, a theme also seen in American Psycho.

Why she’s bloody brilliant: Harron is a badass Canadian lady who has broken into a very niche market usually reserved for weird dudes. Also, her adaptation of American Psycho is just wow. Although she did decide to omit parts of the book, like Patrick Bateman inserting a rat inside of a prostitute, Harron does succeed in communicating the main focuses of the novel and managing to leave us with that lingering nervousness and dirtiness that the Bret Easton Ellis book left me with.

Because it’s one of my favourite movies, here is a scene from American Psycho! Not that my bias is showing or anything….

ArianaAriana goes to Dalhousie University, where she’s doing a History and English combined honours. Her favourite things are America, Mexican food, being the worst Ukrainian ever, and Stanley Kubrick.

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