-Reviewed by Skunkape-
|aka Trance Directed by Eckhart Schmidt (1982)|
|"Bitch better not download my music for free!"|
Eckhart Schmidt started out as a writer, an artist, and a musician. His next logical move was to combine these elements and start making films. The Fan has a very simple story about hero worship but Schmidt's eye for detail escalated it into the cult classic that it is today. A young girl named Simone is obsessed with a pop star named 'R'. She can't concentrate in school and harasses all the local post men because she's waiting for 'R' to respond to all her fan letters. Finally she decides to leave home and stand outside the studio where 'R' is shooting his next big music video. Everyday this NDW God points to a cutie and brings her inside to see the production. It's pretty safe to assume he's just another egotistical musician that dazzles the girls with his stardom and then takes advantage of them-sexually ;).
Simone (Desiree Nosbusch) finally gets 'R' 's attention while listening to his music outside the building, her fantasy is finally being fulfilled, or is it? Is she special or just another groupie bitch? 'R' is played by Bodo Steiger and the movie showcases the music from his own electro/new wave band Rheingold. The catchy pop songs work well in the film serving as the soundtrack, it's what Simone is actually listening to in her headphones and it's the music 'R' shoots a music video to. The video is shot with 'R' and a bunch of mannequins in total 80's fashion. The two seem to be connecting and she is invited back to see more on a daily basis.
|"Anyone want their boobs signed?"|
|"We got it all on UHF!"|
|Mannequins courtesy of Joe Spinell.|
|"I'm going to Husker DU you!"|
|Don't get Boogers on the mirror!|
|Whacked with Crack!|
Don't take my word for it though, on the Mondo Macabre USA Blu/DVD there is a 20 minute interview with this intriguing director. He also talks about a brilliant trick he pulled on the censorship board to get the film released uncut.
Despite all the negative reviews from German critics, the film was hit. The star, Desiree Nosbusch was big at the time and when the film was released she actually sued the director to have two scenes cut from film. This controversy helped sell more tickets along with Rheingold's musical success. The band had 3 songs from the soundtrack on the German single charts, Dreiklangsdimensionen was 17 and two others landed at numbers #24 and #44.
|It's the New Wave Slicer! Just 9.99!|
|This musician's career really crumbled, he-he!|
9/10 on the CULT-O-METER
Don't let the boring title trick you into thinking this movie doesn't offer the goods. It's an Artsy and Horrific movie with the a great new wave soundtrack that serves as a nice little time capsle of the music emerging from that era. Yet, the film doesn't feel dated at all for some reason!
Will there be a remake? Probably not, but I would love to see a fan kill Justin Beiber and make him into some delicious Canadian Bacon!
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|"Michael Meyers, is that you? Are you a Fan too?"|
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