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The Fanatic (1985)

Susanne Benton , Malgosia Casey  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susanne Benton, Malgosia Casey, Sean Casey, Peter D'Arcy, Mai Britt Finseth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TROMA ENTERTAINMENT INC.
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305805873
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fanatic" on IMDb

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Beautiful Jenna Bates (Bond-girl Caroline Munro) is stalked at the Cannes Film Festival by a Fanatic cabdriver dreaming of being a major Hollywood producer! The crazed cabbie does and is sure that she could become an actress. Unfortunately, before he can help her, he must first get her attention. In his obsessive quest for her ultimate performance, the hack embarks on a string of grisly murders culminating in a shocking twist ending! Much of the story was shot on location at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival and features shots of several famous actors and filmmakers. Known as "The Last Horror Film" during its highly successful theatrical run, Fanatic boasts fantastic performances by Munro and the psychotic character actor Joe Spinnel (Maniac, Godfather II) and a string of celebrity cameos.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fanatic-maniac 2? March 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
better known as 'the last horror film' this crazy horror film is well worth checking out. it reunites the cast of gore classic maniac-joe spinnell and caroline munro. caroline plays international top star(!) jeanna bates and joe is vinny-a cab driver who desperately wants to be a director. he follows jeanna to cannes and attempts to contact her convinced she wants to be in his film too. all the while friends of jeanna are being murdered. nowhere near as gory as maniac but a whole lot of fun. the film was made during a real cannes film festival and the atmosphere shines through. well worth checking out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CANNES FILM FANATIC April 25, 2001
Format:DVD
Vinnie Durand (Joe Spinell) is a New York cabbie with delusions to be a legendary film producer. He is obsessed by horror movie queen Jana Bates (Caroline Munro)and making her the star of his movie. Vinnie saves his tips and gets a ticket to the south of France where Jana is promoting her new movie at the Cannes Film festival. He tracks her down in clubs and press conferences but can't get close to her. After her producer/ ex-husband's throat is cut he sets about disposing of anyone else "preventing" him making his movie. He finally gets too pitch his big idea to Jana in her bathroom with the aid of a broken champange bottle. She manages to escape but police are sceptical about her story and think it may be publicity stunt. Vinnie eventually kidnaps Jana and makes his movie but not without a few unexpected twists in the plot. Fanatic sees a partial reprise for Spinell's MANIAC role and although dangerous he portrays a much more pathetic,deluded character but not as repressed or indeed manical. The film contains several dream sequences portraying Vinnie as a successful producer and in these and many of the confrontation scenes Spinell's menacing but vunerable performance really convey the extent of his obsession and instability. Also known as THE LAST HORROR MOVIE its worth watching for Spinell and Munro fans and anyone partial to psycho stalker scenarios. Set against the backdrop of Cannes it provides a snapshot of the 1981 film scene. Not so much a must have movie as a must see once movie.
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Low-budget it may be, but The Last Horror Film (aka Fanatic) has panache aplenty and makes what appears to be a short trip to Camp Gore a surprisingly significant trek into the land of mystery, madness, and mayhem. Despite its greasy star, a real excess of bad acting, wretched early 80s soundtrack, deficient cinematography, and unimpressive special effects, this film really won me over in the end, not least because of the somewhat surprise ending.

Joe Spinell plays Vinny Durand, a New York taxi driver who dreams of becoming a famous movie director. He is particularly taken with Jana Bates (Caroline Munro), the biggest horror film starlet in the world. Jana is in fact so larger than life that she is up for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (for her performance in Scream, a film which culminates in her character getting a radical new look at the hands of a madman with a blowtorch). Vinny has saved up his money, and so it is that he bids adieu to his mother and heads off to Cannes, determined to get Jana to be in the film he has written just for her. Not surprisingly, he can't get near such a big movie star, but he does come in contact with her producer ex-husband, an agent, a movie director, and others who don't exactly embrace his genius. Oddly enough, several of these very same people soon turn up dead or missing, starting with director (and Jana's ex-husband) Bret Bates (Glenn Jacobson). Many, including the French police, interpret these events as publicity stunts, leaving Jana decidedly vulnerable to Vinny's determined advances. Speaking of Vinny, we watch him spiral farther and farther into obsession, emotional turmoil, and maniacal behavior.
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Low-budget it may be, but The Last Horror Film (aka Fanatic) has panache aplenty and makes what appears to be a short trip to Camp Gore a surprisingly significant trek into the land of mystery, madness, and mayhem. Despite its greasy star, a real excess of bad acting, wretched early 80s soundtrack, deficient cinematography, and unimpressive special effects, this film really won me over in the end, not least because of the somewhat surprise ending.

Joe Spinell plays Vinny Durand, a New York taxi driver who dreams of becoming a famous movie director. He is particularly taken with Jana Bates (Caroline Munro), the biggest horror film starlet in the world. Jana is in fact so larger than life that she is up for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (for her performance in Scream, a film which culminates in her character getting a radical new look at the hands of a madman with a blowtorch). Vinny has saved up his money, and so it is that he bids adieu to his mother and heads off to Cannes, determined to get Jana to be in the film he has written just for her. Not surprisingly, he can't get near such a big movie star, but he does come in contact with her producer ex-husband, an agent, a movie director, and others who don't exactly embrace his genius. Oddly enough, several of these very same people soon turn up dead or missing, starting with director (and Jana's ex-husband) Bret Bates (Glenn Jacobson). Many, including the French police, interpret these events as publicity stunts, leaving Jana decidedly vulnerable to Vinny's determined advances. Speaking of Vinny, we watch him spiral farther and farther into obsession, emotional turmoil, and maniacal behavior.
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