The Fanatic (2019 film)

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The Fanatic
The Fanatic - release poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFred Durst
Produced byDaniel Grodnik
Oscar Generale
Bill Kenwright
Screenplay byDave Bekerman
Fred Durst
Story byFred Durst
StarringJohn Travolta
Devon Sawa
Ana Golja
Jacob Grodnik
James Paxton
Music byGary Hickeson
John Swihart
CinematographyConrad W. Hall
Edited byMalcolm Crowe
Nik Voytas
  • Daniel Grodnik Productions
  • Bill Kenwright Films
  • Fig Production Group
  • Media France Capital
  • Oscar Generale Productions
  • Pretzel Fang Productions
  • The Wonderfilm Media Corporation[1]
Distributed byQuiver Distribution
Release date
  • August 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,153[2]

The Fanatic is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed and co-written by Fred Durst. It stars John Travolta as a man obsessed with meeting his favorite actor (Devon Sawa). The film was given a limited theatrical release on August 30, 2019, followed by a release on streaming platforms, and received mainly negative reviews.


Moose is a man who has autism. Moose is also a huge fan of the action film actor Hunter Dunbar. When Moose finally gets an opportunity to meet him and get an autograph, he is rejected when Dunbar's ex-wife comes to abruptly see him. Moose is friends with a young paparazzi photographer, Leah, who shows Moose an app that publishes home addresses of famous celebrities, including his hero. Moose goes to Dunbar's house and tries to give him a letter in search of an autograph. Dunbar confronts Moose and tells him to stay out of his neighborhood. Moose comes back again and climbs a fence, but is scared off by Dunbar's housekeeper. Moose keeps returning and eventually gains entry to the house after accidentally pushing the housekeeper into a stone fountain, killing her. Moose is again rejected by Dunbar, who calls Moose a stalker and threatens to shoot Moose if he sees him in the neighborhood again.

Moose returns and ties up Dunbar while he sleeps. When Dunbar awakens he sees Moose lying on the floor, appearing to have killed himself, only for Moose to start laughing and get up. Next, Moose dresses up in a Jason Voorhees mask and pretends to stab Dunbar, but his blade is revealed to be a retractable prop knife, again fooling Dunbar. Dunbar pleads for Moose to untie him with promises of autographs and friendship, and he does. Dunbar attacks and nearly kills Moose, shooting off his fingers with a hidden shotgun and stabbing him in the eye. After a seeming change of heart, Dunbar spares Moose and lets him leave. Moose wanders the streets of Hollywood, and passing tourists request to take photos with him, believing his wounds to be a part of a realistic costume, before Leah takes him to get help. As the movie ends, Dunbar is seen being arrested for the murder of his housekeeper.



In March 2018, principal photography began in Birmingham, Alabama.[3][4] The film completed production in Hollywood and Highland Park, Los Angeles.[5]


Box office[edit]

The Fanatic earned $3,153 from 52 theaters in the U.S. on its opening day, making it a US box-office failure.[2][6][7]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 17% based on 58 reviews, with an average score of 3.49/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "John Travolta gives it his oddly coiffed all, but The Fanatic rings hollow as an examination of the way fan appreciation can curdle into toxic obsession."[8] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 17 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[9]

NPR published a negative review that called the film a noticeable downgrade from The Education of Charlie Banks and The Longshots, labeling the work a "miserable psychodrama".[10]

In a positive review, Josh Millican of Dread Central called the film, “a riveting indie with genuine suspense”, and praised both John Travolta and Devon Sawa’s performances. [11]


  1. ^ "Welcome to The Wonderfilm Media Corporation Website". The Wonderfilm Media Corporation.
  2. ^ a b McClintock, Pamela (August 31, 2019). "Box Office: John Travolta Hits Career Low As 'The Fanatic' Bombs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Colurso, Mary (2019-07-24). "Watch the trailer for 'The Fanatic,' filmed in Alabama and starring John Travolta". al. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  4. ^ Harvey, Dennis; Harvey, Dennis (2019-08-27). "Film Review: 'The Fanatic'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  5. ^ The Fanatic (2019) - IMDb, retrieved 2019-09-07
  6. ^ "FRED DURST's New Movie 'The Fanatic' Is A Spectacular Box Office Bomb". September 2, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Reilly, Nick (September 3, 2019). "John Travolta and Fred Durst's new movie 'The Fanatic' bombs at US box office". NME. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Fanatic (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Fanatic reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "In Stalker Thriller 'The Fanatic,' Travolta Stalks, But Never Thrills".

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