For a while, Fred Durst and John Travolta's new stalker thriller was going to be called Moose. There's no reason for mentioning that other than how absolutely ridiculous a title that is for anything other than a large four-legged creature from North America.
It's still the name of Travolta's character in said film, though, but someone cleverly decided to rename it The Fanatic, to give it that sort of mid-1990s stalker film vibe that might help it be seen.
At the minute, on the back of the release of the first trailer, people will be going to see it to make sure their brains registered the trailer properly. Because there's surely no way John Travolta - who is still a gifted actor as his performance in American Crime Story proved - has created this character and put together this performance in 2019. It's like he has stopped caring.
Remember when we said Cats was probably the most bonkers - and possibly the worst, depending on where your opinion fell - movie trailer of all time. This one's pushing hard on both fronts too...
Some things of note here: what is that wig? What is that shirt? What is any of this?
The film is directed by Fred Durst, singer of Limp Bizkit, and the story sort of maps out like this: Moose (Travolta), a diehard fan of mega movie star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa) - a stand-in for Durst - who just wants a chance to meet his hero at an autograph signing. Remember the video for Stan, also starring Devon Sawa? Yeah, heavy vibes of that.
Anyway, Moose then seeks the help of a paparazzi friend, Leah (Ana Golja), who clearly has no compass on who is a dangerous maniac and who is not (what with being a pap, probably) to find Dunbar’s house. Which he is told to leave the area of, possibly because of his hair. He takes that so well that he breaks in, ties Dunbar up and walks around in a Jason Vorhees hockey mask. It's like a mix of Misery, the Stan video, 1996 movie The Fan and a genuine event in Durst's life.
You already know you want to see it.
Here's the official synopsis:
Moose is a rabid movie fan who is obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar. When he is cheated out of his opportunity to finally meet Hunter, Moose gets a little help from his friend Leah, a well-connected paparazzi photographer, who knows how to find celebrity homes. Moose turns to stalking to get the celebrity interaction he feels he deserves, and while harmless at first, Moose’s actions begin to take a dark turn as his obsession grows stronger. As the visits continue to escalate, Hunter Dunbar finds himself in increasing danger.