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A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

R | | Comedy, Horror | 8 June 2012 (UK)
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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.

Directors:

Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell (co-director)

Writer:

Crispian Mills (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Pegg ... Jack
Alan Drake Alan Drake ... Perkins
Kiran Shah ... Small Man in Duvet
Jack Jaikol Situn Jack Jaikol Situn ... Vietnamese Newspaper Man
Michael Feast ... Maitre D' / Eye of Death
Henry Bowers-Broadbent Henry Bowers-Broadbent ... Moustached Waiter
Clare Higgins ... Clair De Grunwald
Paul Freeman ... Dr. Friedkin
Mo Idriss ... Disgruntled Diner
Doug Tulloch Doug Tulloch ... Lead Head
Elliot Greene Elliot Greene ... Biggie (as Elliot Green)
Josh Warner-Campbell Josh Warner-Campbell ... Taggz
Harley Kierans Harley Kierans ... Tiny
Kamal Onyiukah Kamal Onyiukah ... Noodles
Millie Hagland Millie Hagland ... Duck
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Storyline

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; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear. Written by Production

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Jack's a writer with a dark secret. But now his demons are taking over, unless one man finds the courage to fight back.

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un miedo increíble a todo lo que existe See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As a chance to get under the skin of an adult feeling trapped by his life choices, Simon Pegg and Director Crispian Mills took their children to a concert by the Australian children's group, The Wiggles. They were struck by how enraptured the children were by the performers, and couldn't help wonder what the men playing The Wiggles must actually feel like from a creatively empowered point of view, as the opportunities to do anything else must be severely limited for them. See more »

Goofs

During the restaurant scene, the black man sitting behind Jack disappears & reappears as the shot changes. See more »

Quotes

Sangeet: He's police.
Jack: He's not even armed. Look at him. They haven't even given him a fucking whistle.
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References Batman (1989) See more »

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In a Gadda Da Vita
Performed by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band (as The Incredible Bongo Band)
Written by Doug Ingle (as Douglas Ingle) (CA)
Copyright 1968 Cotillion Music Inc (BMI), Ten East Music (BMI) and Iron Butterfly Music (BMI)
All Rights Adminstered by Cotillion Music Inc
All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of Mr. Bongo Worldwide Ltd. & the Estate of Michael VIner
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This film is amazing, I consider it a cult that one must see.
16 October 2012 | by diafora17See all my reviews

The script is intelligent, the direction is smart, the "camera move" is supreme and Simon Pegg's performance is outstanding. It's a black comedy with a rather 80's touch that renders the whole atmosphere so mystical and hysterical. The humor is totally "black" orchestrated with extreme behavioral moods, spastic grimaces, and unbelievable dream sequences that you'd love to watch over and over again. The character Simon Pegg is playing, is a kind of paranoid intelligent looser that is trapped between 2 worlds. The fears and insecurity he has carried over from the past (as a kid) have reached a point where they've become phobias, projecting outwardly in schizophrenic behavior. The character believes or rather is obsessed with the idea that he is going to be murdered. I am not going to say anything more about the plot as it's worth seeing it afresh.

This film captures some amazing ingredients of good black comedy films: mystical atmosphere, sound/music synchronization with sudden camera moves, funny faces (extreme), smart script, dream sequences and spontaneous direction. It's British humor, which I personally love, with a few deeper meanings (behind the whole phobia thing projected from a traumatized subconscious which tries to come to peace with the past).

Having read a few other reviews before watching it, I must say that I find it sad that people expect American style productions and high budgets in order to like a film. How rare good comedies are these days? I loved the film and if you like black comedy and other Simon Pegg's movies I suppose you'll at least like it, since it carries a cinematic seriousness in its humor.


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