January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Craig Zaffaroni

Plot: What’s it about?

Vinny (Joe Spinell of “Maniac” & “Rocky”) is an NYC cab driver with dreams of being a movie director. He is determined to have horror movie scream queen Janna Bates (Caroline Munro of “Maniac” & “The Spy who Loved Me”) star in his first film. Vinny follows her to the Cannes Film Festival where she is busy promoting her latest horror film called “Scream.” He becomes obsessed with Janna and people associated with her are being murdered. Is it Vinny the fanatic? someone else? Or just a publicity stunt to promote Janna’s next movie?

Fanatic is an enjoyable early 80’s slasher movie with a good cast (Munro & Spinell from Maniac reunited), great setting (Cannes Film Festival), good story (Horror actress stalked by fanatic) and little bit of gore thrown in as well. If you are a fan of 80’s slasher films, then you probably will enjoy this movie. This movie is not as brutal and disturbing as their earlier effort “Maniac.”

Video: How does it look?

The video is presented full screen and is so-so in quality. While the picture looks reasonably clear most of the time there is however, heavy color bleeding in some of the night scenes which distorts the characters faces. I don’t know if this was a transfer problem or the print used was damaged. This was a little distracting to me. There also was some pixalization but was only noticed in the night scenes. I compared this to my video tape version that Media released under the title “The Last Horror Film.” The Troma DVD definitely looked better overall and wasn’t dark looking like the cassette. However, the three night scenes with the color bleeding looked worse when compared to the night scenes in the cassette. There was an extra second of violence in the DVD version in which a character gets shot in the head twice instead of once in the Media version.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio I believe is a two channel mono (it didn’t say on the box) This is also so-so. While the audio is clear, the balance between the dialogue & music/effects are off. The dialogue is too low and not even with the music/effects.

Supplements: What are the extras?

There are not as many extras on this disk like “The Toxic Avenger” & “Class Of Nuke Em’ High” DVD’s. There are however two cool TV spots for “Fanatic” as well as trailers for “The Toxic Avenger 4,” “The Rowdy Girls,” & “Terror Firmer.” There is also an add for their other DVD’s and their website.

I would probably recommend renting the disc first before purchasing it (If you can rent it somewhere) because of the color bleeding issue. However, it is only retailed at $19.99 but is available for a very reasonable $13.99 at Ken & DVD Troma has released Fanatic on VHS and the night scenes might look better on the tape.

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