A Fantastic Fear of Everything Review

Simon Pegg leads this new British film, dubbed by its creators as a psycho-comedy and derived from a short story by Bruce Robinson, A Fantastic Fear of Everything is a patchwork of stylised paranoia and anachronistic detective fiction shot through with a nightmarish dose of nostalgia.

Pegg’s Jack is an author whose research into Victorian serial killers has sent him into a paranoia funk. He fights off loneliness, looming deadlines and an outside world filled with a host of imagined horrors and while there are some good ideas at play here the film fails to pull them together into a cohesive narrative.

On a positive note Pegg makes the most of the neurotic black hole that is his character and the first half of the film, kept almost entirely to the confines of his flat which is exceptionally well designed, and there are moments which bring the story to life (the wall of death,
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