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Fan, The

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  • Fan, The
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  • Author: Bob Randall, Priscilla Chapman and John Hartwell
  • Director: Edward Bianchi
  • Producer: Kevin McCormick
  • Year: 1981
  • Country: US
  • 95 minutes
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Douglas is a lonesome record salesman and a true fan of the actress Sally Ross. His obsession grows stronger and we find him attacking people for objects owned by Sally. Every day he writes her gleaming letters of love, but the only responses he gets are formal letters written by her secretary. So, because he feels that he has been rejected by his idol, his love turns into hatred. He begins to stalk the secretary and kills her with a razor, and then goes after other friends of hers. Finally, he corners the object of his obsession, but she is not as helpless as she appears.

Qvamp says:

This movie is not exactly the best image of gays, but it was avant-garde for 1981. In case it isn't obvious by the inclusion of the film on this site, the psychotic fan is gay. We learn this in several ways, the more coded ways is that he is simply by being a younger attractive man pursuing an older diva, albeit in a completely obsessive fashion. The other is more obvious when we see him pick up another man and then kill him during their sexual escapade, leaving a suicide note behind to throw the police off.

This film typifies an unfortunate time for Hollywood. With the destruction of the Hayes Code, gays could now be shown openly on screen, and with a visible and assertive GLBT community beginning to form, Hollywood decided to demonize the images, turning gays and lesbians from a harmless and funny stereotype into a group of psychopathic monsters bent upon destroying all that is good. Unfortunately there is little redeeming in this movie, and it appears to be a film whose soul purpose is to get this message across.

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By: Todd Surfs ( toddsurfslbca@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer thriller Rating: A    

Surprisingly, the sex scene prior to Michael Biehn killing his trick isn't cutely masked. It's sex.

But I hated the ending of the book being changed.

No one was spared, but then, one just can't kill off Lauren Bacall.



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