A Fantastic Fear Of Everything 2012

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Simon Pegg stars in this psycho comedy as a children's author turned crime novelist whose research into the lives of Victorian serial killers turns him into a paranoid wreck.

Starring:
Simon Pegg,Claire Higgins
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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A Fantastic Fear Of Everything

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Genres Comedy
Director Chris Hopewell, Crispian Mills
Starring Simon Pegg, Claire Higgins
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (AFFOE) is the tale of children's-author-gone-morbid-writer Jack. Cooped up in his dark and eerie Hackney flat, he has developed an insufferable paranoia that everyone is trying to kill him due to the subject of his latest book - an in-depth look at the who's who of London's historic killers. Confined to the flat by a combination of fear and societal shame, Jack wallows in his own filth & self-pity until a phone-call spurs him to meet a potential buyer for his manuscript. But with paranoia & insomnia abounding, the main obstacle Jack faces is the laundrette to clean his clothes for the meet. With a long-standing irrational fear of the places - this may be his undoing. Will Jack manage to pull himself together?

With its deeply unsettling plasticized introductory panning across London to his flat and the unsettlingly-framed shots of the interior of his flat it's clear that AFFOE is not a straight-comedy as might be expected featuring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) as the leading man. What follows is rather dull in places, his fear really not carrying across to the audience as we are left to ponder just why Jack is so irrational. The gags largely come from slapstick and only the inclusion of a seriously surreal phone conversation with his therapist (played by Paul Freeman - Hot Fuzz) adds any notable entertainment.

The direction is wobbly by first timer Crispian Mills (the guy from Kula Shaker!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark B on 7 July 2014
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I think you need to see this in the right frame of mind. To put things in perspective, I like non-hollywood blockbusters. I like Withnail, Life of Brian, Sexy Beast, Amelie, League of Gentlemen (film and TV series) and slightly quirky stuff.

I rate Simon Pegg but I've been generally disappointed with his post spaced/early film efforts, but I think this film has the potential to be a cult film of the next decade. I can see how it could be considered slow, but if you are patient and in the right mood, I think you might just love it.

It's very very theatrical. It's basically a stage play but more energetic than a stage play. It's very 'Pegg"; very 'League of gentleman'. It' has something. I think, like all cult films, it has a certain charm and 'feel' that makes it fun to watch and, I suspect, re-watch.

It could be sh*t, It could be original. It's may be a bit of both - I think I loved it.

If you like theatrical indulgence, a tongue in cheek bit of fun and you want something to watch and enjoy on a few levels (although whether high brow or not I am probably not quite bright enough to judge) I'd say, keep it for a private viewing with a couple of malts or a splif (if that's your thing) and enjoy the 'spaced-like' / 'league of gentlemen' feel that pervades.

If I was Simon Pegg, I'd say I was as proud of this as Spaced. But I'm not. So I won't.

If you watch it and think it's sh*t, I could understand that too - but for me, I considered it worth writing a review. I generally don't do that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2013
Format: DVD
At what first seems to be an interesting mainstream serial comedy premise with British boy done good Simon Pegg, slowly turns into something really rather quirky & bizarre with some genuine inspired idea's used in places along with some good laugh's. However getting there you have to sit through a lot of drawn out content just to see these little morsels of delight. Which depending on your take on things with this style over substance approach, will either be more than worth it, or simply not worth it at all.

A long haired & bearded Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) stars as Jack, a successful children's author whose main characters are a hedgehog & rabbit, taking the step into the murky waters of crime writing. As we meet him at home in his London flat where he has been some 3 weeks, researching into the most depraved serial killers from the Victorian era for his "Decades of Death" novel/script, he has become house bound & driven himself neurotic & paranoid, that he see's things that aren't there & jumps to the wrong conclusion about everything based on his research. As his agent gets him a meeting with a Hollywood executive, we follow Jack as *cough* intermittent *cough* comedy & mayhem ensues, as he tries to pull himself together & overcome his fear, to get to the meeting. Easier said than done.

I have to admit that i was tempted to turn this off after 30 minutes, but i found those morsels of delight too intriguing to pass up, even if it came at a cost of watching Simon Pegg in some brain searing underpants for a well over extended period of time.
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