‘Fatal Fandom’ Review: A hired bodyguard turns predator in Lifetime's latest thriller
Lifetime's latest thriller comes with a unique perspective. Surely we've all had that eerie feeling that someone is following us around? And at some point, we've all wanted someone to protect us or at least help us in some way to defend ourselves.
In Lifetime’s ‘Fatal Fandom’, pop diva Eden Chase (Chaley Rose) is almost abducted by a crazy fan, prompting her to enlist the services of a handsome, dark bodyguard Jackson Reed (Pete Ploszek). Jackson moves into her house and becomes her full-time protection. Written and directed by Jake Helgren, 'Fatal Fandom' shines with an ironic narrative. Eden hired Jackson to help her with her security concerns, but she conveniently forgets that he is the very guy she should be afraid of.
At first, you'd think Jackson is a respectable gentleman, and that he's doing everything he can to save her. But as the movie progresses, you'll notice that all he does is blame Eden for a mistake she never made.
'Fatal Fandom' brings to mind one of Lifetime's other films, 'Sins in the Suburbs,' which also had a stalker neighbor and, of course, a serial killer. Like Jackson, the character in this movie was also a psychopath.
To its credit, 'Fatal Fandom' is a delicately paced movie, neither too fast nor too sluggish. When it comes to acting skills, Pete Ploszek, playing a lunatic bodyguard who puts up a brave front in front of everyone but has a dark side underneath, was good to watch. Chaley Rose personifies the pop star who only wants to live a normal life despite her unquestionable status as a celebrity. Her Eden carries the movie forward while keeping the audience hooked.
Overall, the movie is a one-time watch. However, it could have been more engaging if the writer had put more into the storyline to make it suspenseful and intriguing, instead of focusing on the bodyguard's past.