Having no clue what A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING was when it appeared on my NETFLIX suggestions; I decided to give it a chance as it had an intriguing title and stars Simon Pegg, a perennial favorite. The best way to describe this odd film is that it’s like a cross between AMÉLIE (2001) and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000). 

Once a promising children’s author, Jack (Simon Pegg) has turned to crime fiction. While researching Victorian era serial killers, he suddenly becomes paranoid and agoraphobic and has locked himself in his flat, constantly carrying a knife to defend himself. 

Unfortunately his Agent (Clare Higgins) has set him up a meeting with a Hollywood Executive keen on adapting his work. Totally unprepared to face his fears, Jack ventures outside and things go from bad to worse. 

The movie is quite bizarre and is a confused mix of both horror and comedy with some surrealist nightmares thrown in for good measure, including an animated fever dream sequence. Also working against it is the tone, which is simply all over the place. 

But with all that said, I kind of enjoyed it. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is a complete mess and the resolution to the story is barely satisfying, but there was something about its charming lunacy that I couldn’t resist. 

I’m not going to recommend it, but if you have NETFLIX and want to watch something that is just…well…different, then give A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING a looksie. Unless you’re afraid, of course.


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MAY 11, 2014