Review: A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Director: Chris Hopewell, Crispian Mills
Release Date: June 8 2012
Based on: Paranoia in the Launderette by Bruce Robinson
Genre: Horror Comedy
Starring: Simon Pegg
Availability: Streaming on Netflix and other sites

Summary: Children’s book author Jack (Simon Pegg) has switched genres and is working on a book about Victorian Era serial killers.  His research has left him paranoid, which is only worsened when a serial killer becomes active in his neighborhood.

Stumbled across this on Netflix last night and the wife and I decided it was worth a try.  I hadn’t heard of it, but I loved Pegg in Shaun of the Dead.  While it was an interesting story, Pegg is what really made it shine.

With the exception of a few jump scares and minor gore, the subject matter is the main component of the horror aspect.  The film is very much a comedy placed within a horror atmosphere, which Pegg excels at. 

Much of the humor comes from Jack’s paranoia and his dramatic over reactions to his fears.  He creates situations for himself that only worsens his fears and leads to more laughs for the audience.

Overall I enjoyed the film and would recommend it.


New to Netflix: December 2014

Here is a list of some of the new horror coming to Netflix this month.

Occulus (2013)
– a good psychological/supernatural film

American Horror Story: Coven
– television series on witches
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
– sequel to SyFy’s hit disaster film

A Haunted House 2 (2014)
– sequel to Marlon Wayan’s paranormal horror comedy

The Village (2004)
– M Night Shyamalan fantasy thriller

Don’t Blink (2014)
– a horror mystery

Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones (2014)
– a spinoff of the PA franchise

Dark Skies (2013)
– a horror/suspense film

I, Frankenstein (2014)
– a fantasy action film based on a graphic novel

Overall not too bad, I have seen about half of them already.  A decent variety, though not too much that is really outstanding horror.  Let me know what you think in the comments.