Serial killers and hedgehogs don't mix in Simon Pegg's weird new 'comedy' A Fantastic Fear Of Everything
20:50 GMT, 15 June 2012
A Fantastic Fear Of Everything (15)
Verdict: Horrific, and not in a good way
Bizarre: Pegg as children's author Jack in A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Diamond Jubilee week has been memorable in film terms only for two brave, bordering-on-foolhardy attempts by UK pop stars to attempt film-writing and directing.
Crispian Mills is best-known as the lead singer of Nineties band Kula Shaker — but he’s also the son of actress Hayley Mills and director Roy Boulting.
Belatedly, he’s decided to go into the family business. And with co-director Chris Hopewell, he’s made what’s undoubtedly the weirdest film of the year.
Simon Pegg chews the carpet then starts on the soft furnishings as Jack, a children’s author, whose books include Timmy The Tortoise, who is obsessed with the idea he’s being stalked by a serial killer.
The early scenes are reminiscent of German expressionism in the silent era, but any artistic potential is scuppered by the undesirable sight of Mr Pegg in dirty Y-fronts — and a complete lack of suspense.
Our anti-hero is patently bonkers from the start, a panicky Mr Bean without the comedy skills.
At one point, the film-makers attempt to up the horror with a blatant rip-off of the Psycho shower scene. It serves only to emphasise Hitchcock’s mastery.
When the action (or lack of it) moves to a local launderette, Jack’s paranoia feeds off a fear of the so-called Vietnamese Mafia.
As if this isn’t crazy enough, a late coincidence produces a real serial killer, who turns up with the most improbable back-story I’ve heard in a while. ‘I’m on a rampage of vengeance,’ he explains, chattily.
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A real turkey: A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is certainly different…just not in a good way
The picture ends with a bewildering sidestep into children’s animation, as our hero tries to save his skin with the would-be touching tale of Harold the Hedgehog and his hard-nut brother Brian.
A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is certainly different, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. It isn’t nearly as funny as it thinks it is — it’s only funny-peculiar.
And as horror it’s much less scary than the BBC’s coverage of the Jubilee River Pageant.
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