The movie The Fan (1982) follows a disturbed young woman named Simone who is obsessively fixated on a pop singer known as R. She does nothing but listen to R’s music and write him fan letters.
When Simone finally meets R, she faints. R takes a liking to her and brings her back to his friend’s apartment where they have sex. Afterwards, R callously rejects Simone, crushing her fantasies of being with him.
In a deranged act of passion, Simone bludgeons R to death then dismembers and cooks his body. She eats him piece by piece before grinding his bones to ash and scattering them outside the TV studio.
The movie The Fan (1982) ends with Simone ominously writing one final fan letter to R stating he will always be a part of her, implying she is pregnant with his child.
Through its disturbing premise, the movie The Fan (1982) explores the dark side of celebrity worship and obsession. Simone’s mania leads her to commit homicide in a warped act of intimacy after being spurned by her idol. The gruesome ending provides a chilling coda to her devolution into madness.
- Désirée Nosbusch as Simone
- Bodo Steiger as R
- Simone Brahmann as Simone’s Mother
- Jonas Vischer as Simone’s Brother
- Helga Tölle as Simone’s Friend
- Michael Schreiner as Simone’s Friend
- The movie The Fan (1982) was highly controversial upon its release in Germany, drawing both praise and criticism.
- Der Fan is considered a precursor to Takashi Miike’s Audition, sharing themes of obsession and the dark consequences that can arise from unrequited love.
- The film has gained a cult following over the years and is regarded as a cult classic in the horror genre.
- An uncut and restored version of the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Mondo Macabro in 2015.
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-  https://www.vice.com/en/article/zng77j/der-fan-horror-film-118
-  https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nightbeast