In The Fanatic, John Travolta plays Moose, a socially inept middle-aged movie fan with a bowl cut and an unhealthy obsession with his favorite action hero, Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa). Denied an autograph at a publicity event, Moose enlists the help of his paparazzi photographer friend (Ana Golja) who supplies him with Dunbar’s home address. After a little light stalking, the situation escalates in ways only a Hollywood screenwriter could dream of. A throwback to psycho-fan thrillers of yesteryear (e.g. Misery, The King of Comedy), the film is essentially a showcase for Travolta’s studied, sincere, fitfully engaging, frequently bizarre performance. Directed and co-written by former Limp Bitzkit frontman Fred Durst, who’s no doubt had his share of encounters with rabid fans, the movie will receive a limited release while premiering on VOD/ streaming TV.
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