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.

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Halloween: The Complete Collection on Bluray

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This came in the mail yesterday just in time for a nice Halloween marathon.  It has all of the original films plus the Rob Zombie remakes.  Each disc contains some extra features as well, commentaries, behind the scenes and trailers.  The remakes also have some blooper reels that are worth a watch. 

The ten discs are placed into two cases that then slide into the box pictured above.  I picked this up on sale on the walmart website for $75. It’s a great collection to have.

If you’re a huge fan of the Halloween franchise, you may want to check out the complete deluxe edition collection.  For an extra $40 or so, you can get the 15 disc version.  It includes the television versions of some of the films.  Honestly, the only difference that might make the deluxe edition worth it is the Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (producer’s cut), a version previously only available as a bootleg.  I would only recommend getting the deluxe edition if you need the best collection, or if you feel that you HAVE to see the producer’s cut, but have an aversion to bootlegs.

Either way, having all of the Halloween films on bluray is a great addition to any horror fan’s collection. 

Walking Dead Complete Season 4 DVD boxset

The other day I was browsing the movie section of my local walmart with my wife.  We were hoping to find the new Halloween boxset (we didn’t) but did stumble upon the walmart exclusive “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” DVD boxset for $39.96.  With both of us as huge TWD fans we had to get it.  It comes with a ‘Limited Edition West Georgia Correctional Facility Prison Key,’ a neat little item to add to our collection.  The box itself is nice, with a magnetic flap to hold it shut, a compartment to display the key, and room for the two DVD cases.  The box also has some nice artwork from Alex Ross on it.

To be honest, the key and decent price (50% off suggested retail) was enough to get us to buy it.  We haven’t had the chance to check everything out on it (there’s 600 minutes run time) but there are some decent bonus features including extended episodes, deleted scenes, commentaries and some cool behind the scene featurettes.  It is a nice alternative to the other Twd season 4 boxset that is still sitting around $85 for the budget conscience.

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