Let’s start by acknowledging the most pressing questions regarding Antoni Psycho, a two-minute short film just released as part of Netflix’s surprise Halloween anthology, Don’t Watch This. Did Queer Eye food expert Antoni Porowski want to participate because of his reverence for Christian Bale’s iconic performance as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho? Or, did Porowski just see this as an opportunity to do some more work in front of the camera in his tighty-whities?
Moving on, this little flick, which is now available to stream, is an adaptation of the 2000 cult classic. That movie, an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel of the same name, is set in 1987 and tracks Bateman’s tiresome attempts to impress his new-money investment-banker frenemies — and his insatiable thirst for blood. In his role, Porowski, who calls himself “avocado king,” is tired of trying to impress people with his cooking, and he’s maybe planning to serve some human flesh (maybe Tan’s) to his Queer Eye pals. “I don’t care if they like what I cook or not,” he says, chillingly. “They’ll eat it, if they know what’s good for them.”
In the ’80s, investment banking emerged as a profession that could garner obscene wealth. These days, obtaining stardom via a popular streaming series has become a new path to fame and fortune, so Antoni Psycho feels like an authentic update.