I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
DALLAS – Breaking into limited release this week is The Fanatic. It stars John Travolta as Moose, an unhinged fanboy who takes his obsession with A-list movie star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa of Final Destination fame) over the line. What starts as an innocent story of a fan trying to get an autograph quickly enters horror movie territory as Moose enters the celeb’s home – even while he’s home sleeping.
The Fanatic, directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, explores the relationship between fan and celebrity, and what’s appropriate and what isn’t.
Preston Barta sat down with Travolta to discuss his film, how he keeps grounded within his fame, the initial discussions he had with Durst (as individuals coming from different areas of celebrity) and how Travolta’s character would react if he were to enter Travolta’s own home.
The film opens Friday at the AMC Mesquite 30 and the Studio Movie Grill – Colleyville in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It will be followed by a Video-On-Demand and digital release on September 6. Watch our interview below.