Guinevere Turner is an actress and screenwriter. While my personal favorite of her work lies with THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE, she's also the co-author of the screenplay for AMERICAN PSYCHO. I understand that Mary Harron also directed the film, so it's a lot easier to slap a writer/director title on her, but that's devaluing Guinevere Turner's contributions and giving AMERICAN PSYCHO the HALLOWEEN treatment. What I mean by "HALLOWEEN" treatment is how people often fail to mention Debra Hill co-wrote the screenplay because John Carpenter co-wrote and also directed. I'm not trying to downplay the incredible work done from Carpenter or Harron, but it's important to know that they weren't working alone.
Guinevere Turner is a frequent collaborator with Mary Harron but also has some wonderful credits to her name. The film that put her name on the map was GO FISH, an LGBT film she co-wrote and starred in. Filmmaker Kevin Smith enjoyed the film so much that one of its scenes became one of the inspirations for what is arguably considered his best film, CHASING AMY.
|This scene is an in-joke as Turner IS openly a lesbian and actually did attend Sarah Lawrence.|
Turner's most well-known script work is undoubtedly AMERICAN PSYCHO and she even has a cameo as the "I'm not a lesbian!" girl. Considering she helped write the script and assisted to craft one of the most incredible horror films of the 2000s, why isn't she given her fair credit? Perhaps it's because people are just uneducated to the fact Mary Harron didn't write the film alone, or perhaps her reputation has been so severely tarnished by the film BLOODRAYNE. Oh, Uwe Boll...I still can't believe people gave you money. Don't get me wrong, BLOODRAYNE is an absolute travesty of a film, and I can understand why people wouldn't want to associate the screenwriter of that garbage pile with the glory that is AMERICAN PSYCHO, but here's the thing...BLOODRAYNE is not reflective of Guinevere Turner. Her recent participation with the documentary TALES FROM THE SCRIPT (available on Netflix instant watch) shed some light to what really happened with that screenplay.
When this scene played on my screen, my jaw immediately dropped. Not only was it mindblowing to hear how Uwe Boll absolutely butchered her script, but the fact Turner was willing to go on record to talk about what really happened was incredibly inspiring. All too often, women in this industry are told to play nice or keep their mouths shut and here was Turner completely calling Uwe Boll for what he was, and speaking out about the injustices that occur to screenwriters after the script has left their hands.
Guinevere Turner is responsible for one of the best horror films of all time, and some very influential pieces outside of the genre. Here's to you, Guinevere Turner. May the movie gods bestow upon you a hundred million dollars to create whatever next comes out of your mind.