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A Fantastic Fear of Everything -- Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything -- A crime novelist whose research has turned him into a paranoid wreck must face his fears when his latest movie script earns the attention of a mysterious Hollywood executive.


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8 June 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Jack's a writer with a dark secret. But now his demons are taking over, unless one man finds the courage to fight back.
A crime novelist whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck must confront his worst fears when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not for mass audiences, HOWEVER a very clever, funny original See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order)

Simon Pegg ... Jack
Alan Drake ... Perkins

Kiran Shah ... Small Man in Duvet
Jack Jaikol Situn ... Vietnamese Newspaper Man

Michael Feast ... Maitre D' / Eye of Death
Henry Bowers-Broadbent ... Moustached Waiter

Clare Higgins ... Clair De Grunwald

Paul Freeman ... Dr. Friedkin

Mo Idriss ... Disgruntled Diner
Doug Tulloch ... Lead Head
Elliot Greene ... Biggie (as Elliot Green)
Josh Warner-Campbell ... Taggz
Harley Kierans ... Tiny
Kamal Onyiukah ... Noodles
Millie Hagland ... Duck
Pamela Cundell ... Irene (as Pam Cundell)
Baxter Westby ... Birthday Boy

Teresa Churcher ... Liza Friedkin
Karan Plah ... Birthday Boy's Friend

Bernard Cribbins ... The Voice (voice)
Don McCulloch ... Hendon Ogre
Golda John ... Bashful African Lady
Tuyet Le ... Launderette Warden
Tamzin Griffin ... Caligula

Jane Stanness ... Sheena the Punk Rocker (as JJ Stanness)
Jacqueline Chan ... Launderette Grande Dame (as Jacqui Chan)

Amara Karan ... Sangeet
Simon Kunz ... Police Sergeant Smythe

Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... PC Taser

Anna Madeley ... WPC Taser
Jay Taylor ... Beat Cops Filmmaker

Zaak Conway ... Young Jack
Mara Ashton ... Jack's Mum
Charlie Covell ... Holby the Paramedic
Johnny Alston ... Young Perkins
Lieve Carchon ... Grandma Perkins (as Lieve Charchon)
Gary Golding ... Hedgehog Entertainer

Alice Orr-Ewing ... Livinia
Keshava Mills ... Captivated Child

Kerry Shale ... Harvey Humphries
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bhanu Alley ... Bandaged Man (uncredited)
Fabio Vollono ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Crispian Mills 
Chris Hopewell (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Crispian Mills  screenplay

Produced by
Célia Duval .... line producer
Maddy Elles-Hill .... associate producer
Johnny Fewings .... executive producer
Jasbinder Singh Mann .... executive producer
Crispian Mills .... producer
Steve Norris .... executive producer
Geraldine Patten .... producer
Simon Pegg .... executive producer
Katie Reynolds .... associate producer
Mick Southworth .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Price 
Cinematography by
Simon Chaudoir 
Film Editing by
Dan Roberts 
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
Production Design by
Chris Hopewell 
Art Direction by
David Bryan 
Set Decoration by
Surya Buck 
Fran Cooper 
William Philip 
Costume Design by
Lou Foley 
Makeup Department
Sylvia Atkins .... hair & make up daily
Laura Blount .... makeup artist
Karina Deichler .... trainee
Nadia Stacey .... make-up and hair designer
Production Management
Nigel Bennett .... post production
Katie Reynolds .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Chambers .... additional third assistant director
Beatrice Manning .... second assistant director
Gemma Louise Read .... third assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Caroline Bailey .... graphic art director
Hannah Boyton .... scenic artist
Stephen Forrest-Smith .... storyboard artist
Owen Mann .... standby art director
Simon Ribchester .... construction coordinator
Rebecca Slade .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Esther Asiedu-Ofei .... sound assistant
Luke Brown .... assistant foley mixer
Sandy Buchanan .... voice over recording engineer
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Samir Foco .... sound designer
Glen Gathard .... adr recordist
Glen Gathard .... foley editor
Glen Gathard .... foley mixer
Rikki Hanson .... boom operator
Dash Mason-Malik .... sound assistant
Jerome McCann .... production sound mixer
Brendan Nicholson .... re-recording mixer
Bjorn Ole Schroeder .... supervising sound editor
Adam Scrivener .... re-recording mixer
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Timothy Siddall .... sound mix technician
Visual Effects by
Ben Foley .... visual effects supervisor
Matt Harris-Freeth .... visual effects (as Matt Freeth)
Michael Lansdell .... visual effects artist
Fredrik Nordbeck .... main title design
Simon Whyman .... stunt double: simon pegg
Camera and Electrical Department
Susie Allnutt .... still photographer
Ian Buckley .... key grip
Mark Clayton .... additional gaffer
Jon Davey .... animation lighting camera
Grace Donaldson .... grip assistant
Benny Harper .... best boy
Giles Keyte .... special photography
Tom Lea .... gaffer
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... camera operator "a" camera
Tom Taylor .... first assistant camera
Animation Department
Ashley Clarke .... 3D character designer
Ashley Clarke .... puppet maker
Joe Clarke .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sophie Bugeaud .... assistant costume designer
Sophie Bugeaud .... costume supervisor
Maudie Eva Whitehead .... costume standby
Editorial Department
Maria Chamberlain .... assistant colourist
James Corless .... operations manager: Pinewood Digital
Aggela Despotidou .... additional first assistant editor
Nigel Gourley .... on-line editor
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist
Marina Theodotou .... first assistant editor
Mandy Miller .... post production paperwork (uncredited)
Location Management
Claire Headley .... location assistant
James Stittle .... location scout
Aurelia Thomas .... location manager
Music Department
Ross Blake .... Shepard tone designer
Ross Blake .... Shepard tone designer
Andrew Dudman .... music recording engineer
Andrew Dudman .... music scoring mixer
Nick Hill .... music preparation
Toby Hulbert .... music preparation
Rael Jones .... musician: guitar and mandolin
Laurence Love Greed .... music editor
Laurence Love Greed .... musician
Pete Readman .... assistant orchestrator
Anthony Weeden .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Ben Dillon .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
James Cleave .... floor runner
Daniel Cox .... additional floor runner
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Claire Finbow .... assistant: Simon Pegg
James Fox .... insurance broker
Sophia Garrido .... epk: producer/director
Sasha Gibson .... unit publicist
Catherine Golding .... assistant production coordinator
John David Gunkle .... unit manager
Jane Hardcastle .... production assistant
Elizabeth Hurley .... 1st assistant accountant
Sara Janasz .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Garry Marriott .... second unit medic
Ian M. Stratford .... distribution legal
Morag Webster .... unit nurse

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Additional Details

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Rated R for language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The first film backed by Pinewood Studios' initiative to support low-budget British film-making.See more »
Continuity: During the restaurant scene, the black man sitting behind Jack disappears & reappears as the shot changes.See more »
Jack:I didn't mean to become a children's author. It was a terrible accident!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Scarface (1983)See more »
I'll See You in My DreamsSee more »


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44 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Not for mass audiences, HOWEVER a very clever, funny original, 22 October 2012
Author: Harry-Hood from United States

This film will find its audience among fans of dark comedy. Don't expect the broad appeal of "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz", and comparisons to other Simon Pegg films miss the point. This is a film deserving attention, especially for writers and the "cult" audience who enjoy quirky, unique dark comedies/mysteries.

Reviewers forget that some films are not for everyone, and their opinion is worth nothing in the evaluation of such films. This one may be very much enjoyed by a smaller audience, even after several viewings. "Fantastic Fear" ranks among the "love it or leave it" types; you may find it annoying or too odd, like "Dark Shadows", or it's tremendous fun.

"Burke & Hare" also divided audiences, yet this film has more in common with murder-mysteries, like a cross between "Clue" and a spoofy take on say, the recent "The Raven (2012)". Better than both films, IMO, this will live on with DVD and Blu-ray releases, thankfully.

Box office numbers and critical "consensus" are ultimately short-lived, and very deceptive. Give this a chance if you like dark comedies. And it must be said that Simon Pegg's acting resume becomes increasingly impressive. Regardless of the final product, you have to give him props. And here, the final product is better than you might expect.

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