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“The Fanatic” Podcast Movie Review

The Fanatic John Travolta Devon Sawa

The Fanatic (2019; Fred Durst) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 52

“He’s full of doo-doo!”

It’s Travolt-ember this month on the Dare Daniel podcast, although we’re still writing Cork-tober on all our checks.  This week, incompetent street performer Daniel Barnes and hardcore illusionist Corky McDonnell parse the poppycock of The Fanatic.

A “psychological thriller” directed by former Limp Bizkit frontman Durst, The Fanatic is a paranoid revenge fantasy for talentless elitists.  Star John Travolta reaches a new career-low as Moose, a dangerously obsessive fan of movie star Hunter Dunbar.  The film offers all the hardcore authenticity you would expect from a Hollywood story shot in Birmingham, Alabama.

For his part, Travolta swings for the fences.  If you judged acting by volume alone, Travolta would win every Oscar for his performance.  His extreme commitment to making terrible acting choices and overdosing on character tics forms a backward version of integrity.  Travolta is the only reason to watch this atrociously conceived and executed traffic accident, even if he is awful.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss bathroom bullying, vape pen fellatio, Eminem envy and stunt doubles with small asses.


Christmas with the Kranks (Julio from The Contrarians podcast)

The Ridiculous 6 (Adam Sandler)


U.S. theatrical release date: August 30, 2019

Domestic box office: $3,153 on opening day

Critic scores: 18 on Rotten Tomatoes; 17 on Metacritic

This week’s craft beer: Moonraker Brewing‘s Galaxy Crush (6.0% ABV)

This week’s Darer: Jaina Sinclair

Why did Jaina dare Daniel and Corky to watch The Fanatic?  I don’t even know if this movie is out yet, but it looks absolutely atrocious. Maybe it’s a bit cruel asking you guys to pay to watch it, but you can’t make an omelet without a pan, a spatula, a heat source, and breaking a few eggs.”

IMDB synopsis: “A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star’s life.”

This week’s referenced movies: Gotti; BrainscanVampire AcademyAn American Werewolf in ParisSilent Night, Deadly Night Part IISurviving ChristmasDeck the HallsLittle NickyMr. DeedsThe Wedding SingerThe WaterboyClickMurder MysteryBlendedCool as Ice; The Education of Charlie BanksThe LongshotsCruisingTropic ThunderThe Shining; Fight ClubRocky IIIPulp FictionTaxi DriverReservoir Dogs; the Halloween franchise; the Friday the 13th franchise; Top Secret!; the Rambo franchise; CasinoBatmanOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestThe King of Comedy

Ratings for The Fanatic: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Reverse Dare


Original theatrical trailer for The Fanatic

Moose chokes Todd the God

Selfies with a sleeping Hunter

Simple Jack trailer from Tropic Thunder

Butch meets Vincent in Pulp Fiction

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