Movie: Gone Girl
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Psychopath Rating: 🔪🔪🔪🔪
Rosamund Pike was so peak psycho as Amy Dunne that Rob Kardashian referenced her to drag his sister Kim, describing her in an Instagram post as “the bitch from Gone Girl.” The ubiquity of David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel has likely familiarized even those who haven’t watched the film with its most basic plot points. After the disappearance of Amy (Pike), the wife of Nick Dunne (played by an impressively vacuous Ben Affleck), an investigation leads police to suspect foul play. And with good reason! Literally every admissible piece of evidence points to Dunne, who’s depicted in Amy’s own journal as a controlling, abusive partner. The thing is, it's all a ruse, set up by Amy herself. This psychopath constructed the perfect murder to frame her husband for his crime of being the Wonder Bread of domestic partners, and Pike’s performance as a malevolent woman unhinged earned her award nominations across the board.
While we’re here, hat tip to Return to Sender—yet another psychological thriller about a woman scorned—which solidified Rosamund Pike as one of the greatest actresses to ever play batshit crazy.