A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

fantastic fear of everythingA Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

Directed by: Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell

Starring: Simon Pegg, Paul Freeman, Amara Karan

three-stars

I guess I don’t keep up very well with Simon Pegg movies, even though I kinda sorta try to. You know how it is when there’s an actor that you like but you don’t really have the energy to look up what they’re always working on? Or is that just the way life is for you normal people?

Pegg is a writer working on a series about Victorian era serial killers who believes that he himself is the target of a serial killer. Without giving too much away, it leads him down a path to one of his darkest moments as a child in a laundromat, an old fear he’ll have to face before he can move on… OR SURVIVE!!! I’ll write really bad copy for any movie, only $1.99 (US money please).

This is kind of a horror/comedy, but it’s also just pretty weird and it doesn’t sit well being identified as one or other, or even really both. There are moments that are pure suspense horror with slapstick routines following not ten minutes later. I don’t mean this in a bad way, necessarily, but the film never really gives you a chance to get a grip on it, and that’s something that’s crucial for a suspenseful horror flick. My biggest complaint was the scenes where Simon Pegg raps, which is not only completely terrible, but grinds all the audience involvement to a screeching halt in two different sequences where you should feel at your most compelled. So, it’s a fine B-grade movie. Could definitely have been a lot worse.

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