Monday, February 10, 2014

A Fantastic Fear Of Everything

An asthmatic, neurotic author with a fascination for Victorian-era serial killers and a phobia of launderettes has an unfortunate series of events occur in this horror-comedy starring Shawn Of The Dead's Simon Pegg. Featuring a literate script, detail-oriented art direction, stop-motion animation, dark corridors, Dutch angles, The Incredible Bongo Band's cover of Inna Gadda Da Vida, and more Y-fronts than you can shake a steak knife at; A Fantastic Fear Of Everything was an over-long paranoid existential laundry crisis. I liked it, however, and I liked the little inside film jokes throughout, particularly the homage to Hitchcock's Psycho and Spielberg's Jaws (blink and you'll miss that one). A little more trimming in the editing room to bring this film in at a taut 90 minutes and to tighten up a meandering script wouldn't have hurt. Simon Pegg is always fun to watch on screen, particularly during histrionics, as he is a great physical comic actor. Come to think of it, the hedgehog needed a little more screen time, too.

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