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.


Ten Years Ago: 2004 in Horror

Tomorrow Saw returns to theaters for it’s 10 year anniversary. This got me thinking about what else has been out for 10 years, and there are some big movies celebrating 10 years this year. Here are a few, and the impact they have had on the genre.

Saw: since the first film, it continued to release a new film every Halloween season for seven years. (A trend later picked up by Paranormal Activity). Saw was directed by James Wan, who along with a few other directors (collectively deemed the Splat Pack) brought a grittier, gorier type of horror to the masses.

The Grudge: a personal favorite of mine, this continued the wave of American remakes of foreign horror movies, and paved the way for many more. A great ghost story to watch late at night, I recommend checking out the original Japanese series as well.

Shaun of the Dead: some wonderful horror-comedy. I would say this was around the beginning of the current zombie craze everyone has been in. It has some great references in it, and is always good for a laugh.

Dawn of the Dead (remake): a good remake of a classic zombie film. This along with the last entry and a few others brought zombies back as a horror staple. (Not to mention the great rendition of ‘Down with the Sickness’)

These are just some of the great horror films that came out in 2004. There is another that I really enjoyed that I will got into detail with tomorrow. What do you think, was 2004 a good year for horror?