Director: Eckhart Schmidt Run Time: 92 min. Release Year: 1982 Language: German
Starring: Bodo Staiger, Désirée Nosbusch, Helga Tölle, Jonas Vischer, Simone Brahmann
“If there were a film version of what German New Wave actually feels like when you listen to it, DER FAN is it.”
—Annie Choi, BLEEDING SKULL
DER FAN deserves a place alongside AUDITION and POSSESSION as an essential art-horror experience. Simone (the magnetic Désirée Nosbusch) is a teenage runaway who is obsessed with the pop singer known as “R.” Soon, that obsession takes over her life. When “R” uses Simone with machine-like coldness, she plots her revenge with an unholy ceremony that’s equally romantic and horrifying. Fueled by a killer minimalist synth soundtrack from Rheingold and a gorgeous design aesthetic, DER FAN is a subversive and electric shocker that goes harder than you’d ever expect it to go.