The story is inspired by a real-life fan who pursued Limp Bizkit’s frontman Fred Durst many years ago, and the screenplay was written by Durst and Dave Bekerman. It follows Moose (played by John Travolta), who gets cheated out of meeting his favorite action hero, Hunter Dunbar (played by Devon Sawa).
Fred Durst, who I initially confused with Robert Durst even though I literally once owned a Limp Bizkit CD, is once again (see below) back in the director’s chair with Fanatic, a crazed stalker-thriller starring John Travolta.
Aside from fronting the most pervasive rap rock band of the late ‘90s, Durst is also fancies himself a Film Guy. Did you know he directed not only several Puddle of Mudd videos, but also the poorly-received drama The Education of Charlie Banks, featuring Shouts and Murmurs writer Jesse Eisenberg.
Now, he’s given John Travolta serial killer hair, a wardrobe full of loud print shirts and made him a stalker named Moose who goes full Misery on the object of his obsession, who HOLY SHIT is played by DEVON SAWA.
That haircut—the ultra-short bowl cut—should be enough to land someone on a government watchlist, not that that would have helped poor Hunter. The movie is loosely based on Durst’s own experience with a stalker, though I think the tied-to-the-bed part is where reality ends and Kathy Bates begins.
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However, had I had the time, resources, and ability to reach the pedals of my mom’s car, it could also have plausibly been based on my psychotic obsession with Sawa after I laid on eyes on him for the first time in the Oscar-award winning film (in my heart), Now and Then. Now that I think about it, I am 99 percent sure I owned at least one of those shirts, and maybe had that haircut.
Moose is an autistic man who is a huge fan of the horror film actor Hunter Dunbar. When Moose finally gets an opportunity to meet him and get an autograph he is rejected. Moose is friends with a paparazzi photographer Leia, who shows Moose an app that has 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, to get onto the star’s property, but is scared off by Dunbar’s housekeeper.
It will be given a limited theatrical release on August 30, 2019