Simon Pegg’s fear of everything
PUBLISHED: 15:15 07 June 2012
PARANOID obsessives who read up on serial killers don’t usually make the most lovable heroes – but Simon Pegg gives it a good stab in A Fantastic Fear Of Everything (15).
In this dark comedy, Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead), plays crime novelist Jack, suffering from severe paranoia brought on by his obsessive research into Victorian serial killers.
It seems Jack’s troubles are at an end when one of his scripts is selected to be made into a Hollywood movie – but his shot at the big time goes wrong in the most hilarious way possible.
It is a return to Pegg’s darker comedy which proved so successful in the mega-hit zombie comedy Shaun Of The Dead.
Pegg puts in a twitchy, energetic and believable performance, helping to carry the movie’s more unusual premise through its 100-minute length.
Fresh, light-hearted and at times decidedly morbid, Pegg might just have come up with a film to match the ambition of his earlier efforts.
Written and directed by Crispian Mills, frontman of the 1990s band Kula Shaker, A Fantastic Fear Of Everything has a talented pedigree.
A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is out tomorrow (Friday).