Not feeling well today, so I stayed home from work and I figured I would go to Vudu and watch what may be the worst movie of the year.
In the Vudu section for the “In theaters now” where they have the smaller, independent features, there was The Fanatic. I had seen online movie reviewer Chris Stuckmann include this film in his Hilariocity Reviews (of movies that are so bad they are good). I rented The Fanatic from Vudu and watched it this morning.
It was just terrible.
John Travolta starred in it giving what could be the worst performance of his career. Travolta played an obsessed fan named Moose who wanted to get an autograph of his favorite action star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa), but Hunter rebuffed him. Moose then finds Hunter’s home and begins to stalk him. However, Moose would become very frustrated and angry if anyone called him on being a stalker.
I really think the movie wants us to relate to and feel sorry for Moose instead of his chosen victim, Hunter Dunbar. The film goes out of its way to show Dunbar as a jerk, being excessively cruel to Moose. Moose has friends who tell him what a good person he is. I really think the film wants us to back Moose.
This is despite the fact that Moose has broken into Dunbar’s house, accidentally killed his maid, eventually tied Dunbar to his bed and tormented him.
I never once felt as if Hunter was too negative towards this guy. He has probably had to deal with fans before and he had to respond as he did.
The whole film is simplistic and has some of the worst acting, dialogue and plot of the whole year.
I could see this movie being one where RiffTrax would make it more fun. I can see someone liking this in the way they like The Room or Birdemic. However, as a feature film, this is atrocious.