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A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 5,258 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 8 June 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 100 min
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A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)


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  • IMDb page: A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 5,258 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 8 June 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • Stars: Simon Pegg, Paul Freeman, Amara Karan | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Michael Price   
  • Soundtrack: In a Gadda Da Vita
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Fear | Serial Killer | Dirty Clothes | Fate | Victim Of Circumstance

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Crispian Mills  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • in the final shot of the film, a newspaper billboard which is partially off screen identifies a headline saying that a waiter is suspected in connection with bodies found underneath a Soho restaurant. 5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Continuity: During the restaurant scene, the black man sitting behind Jack disappears & reappears as the shot changes.

Plot: A crime novelist whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck must confront his worst fears when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script. Full summary » |  »

Story: Jack is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear. Written byProduction

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Celia Duval known as line producer
  • Maddy Elles-Hill known as associate producer
  • Johnny Fewings known as executive producer
  • Jasbinder Singh Mann known as executive producer
  • Crispian Mills known as producer
  • Steve Norris known as executive producer
  • Geraldine Patten known as producer
  • Simon Pegg known as executive producer
  • Katie Reynolds known as associate producer
  • Mick Southworth known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Simon Pegg known as Jack
  • Alan Drake known as Perkins
  • Kiran Shah known as Small Man in Duvet
  • Jack Jaikol Situn known as Vietnamese Newspaper Man
  • Michael Feast known as Maitre D' / Eye of Death
  • Henry Bowers-Broadbent known as Moustached Waiter
  • Clare Higgins known as Clair De Grunwald
  • Paul Freeman known as Dr. Friedkin
  • Mo Idriss known as Disgruntled Diner
  • Doug Tulloch known as Lead Head
  • Elliot Greene known as Biggie (as Elliot Green)
  • Josh Warner-Campbell known as Taggz
  • Harley Kierans known as Tiny
  • Kamal Onyiukah known as Noodles
  • Millie Hagland known as Duck
  • Pamela Cundell known as Irene (as Pam Cundell)
  • Baxter Westby known as Birthday Boy
  • Teresa Churcher known as Liza Friedkin
  • Karan Plah known as Birthday Boy's Friend
  • Bernard Cribbins known as The Voice (voice)
  • Don McCulloch known as Hendon Ogre
  • Golda John known as Bashful African Lady
  • Tuyet Le known as Launderette Warden
  • Tamzin Griffin known as Caligula
  • Jane Stanness known as Sheena the Punk Rocker (as JJ Stanness)
  • Jacqueline Chan known as Launderette Grande Dame (as Jacqui Chan)
  • Amara Karan known as Sangeet
  • Simon Kunz known as Police Sergeant Smythe
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes known as PC Taser
  • Anna Madeley known as WPC Taser
  • Jay Taylor known as Beat Cops Filmmaker
  • Zaak Conway known as Young Jack
  • Mara Ashton known as Jack's Mum
  • Charlie Covell known as Holby the Paramedic
  • Johnny Alston known as Young Perkins
  • Lieve Carchon known as Grandma Perkins (as Lieve Charchon)
  • Gary Golding known as Hedgehog Entertainer
  • Alice Orr-Ewing known as Livinia
  • Keshava Mills known as Captivated Child
  • Kerry Shale known as Harvey Humphries
  • Bhanu Alley known as Bandaged Man
  • Fabio Vollono known as Restaurant patron



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Sylvia Atkins known as hair & make up daily
  • Laura Blount known as makeup artist
  • Karina Deichler known as trainee
  • Millennium Fx known as prosthetic makeup fx design
  • Nadia Stacey known as make-up and hair designer

Art Department:

  • Caroline Bailey known as graphic art director
  • Hannah Boyton known as scenic artist
  • Owen Mann known as standby art director
  • Simon Ribchester known as construction coordinator
  • Rebecca Slade known as art department assistant




Production Companies:

  • Indomina Productions
  • Keel Films
  • Pinewood Studios

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting equipment
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Fugitive Studios  main titles & roller design
  • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
  • HireWorks  HD Avid equipment rental
  • Hothouse Music  music supervision by
  • Movie Lot, The  security
  • Pinewood Shepperton  sound stages
  • Pinewood Studios  digital production services
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Universal Extras  extras casting


  • Indomina Releasing (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Falcon Films (2012-2013) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (2014) (USA) (all media)
  • Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Australia) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Big Bang Post Production (visual effects)
  • Foreign Office (main titles)
  • Vine Post Production

Visual Effects by:

  • Ben Foley known as visual effects supervisor
  • Matt Freeth known as visual effects
  • Michael Lansdell known as visual effects artist

MPAA: Rated R for language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. agravelle1 from Hamilton, Canada
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    I bought tickets to this movie for its premier at the Toronto AfterDark Film Festival based on the trailer alone and went in with sometrepidation after checking its IMDb rating and reading some criticreviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Having seen the movie tonight, I can honestly say I feel like I'm fromanother planet then those reviewers. I absolutely loved this film! Itwas hilarious, creepy, intelligent, and unique. I was roaring throughthe whole thing, and it wasn't just me! The entire theater was rollingin their seats! The directer, Chrispian Mills was there and I stayedafterwords to shake his hand and tell him I am now a fan. There was aline of people wanting do the same thing.

    I made an IMDb account specifically to tell you to pay no attention tothe negative critic ratings. If you've seen the trailer and you thinkit looks like something you'd enjoy, then for God sakes go see it!

  2. TheSquiss
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    A Fantastic Fear of Everything is probably not what you're expectingfrom Simon Pegg. It's not horrifically funny like Sean of the Dead, asoutright entertaining as Hot Fuzz and, mercifully, it's not as tepid asRun Fatboy Run or as stagnant as Paul or Burke and Hare. Actually, it'snot very funny at all to start with.

    So what is it? Well, it's a journey and if you decide to embark upon ityou'll need to see it through to the end to decide if it wasworthwhile. It begins with an engaging, gentle, animated title sequencebefore introducing us to Jack (Pegg) a flailing children's authorengulfed by his research into Victorian murders for a prospective TVseries that nobody wants. We quickly discover he has an all-consumingparanoia of being murdered. How do we know this? Because he tells us.And that's when it starts to go downhill.

    It's a steep decline that director Crispian Mills (yes it is, but moreabout him in a minute) seems incapable of avoiding. He seems unaware ofany filmic devices to portray the protagonist's thoughts and emotionswithout resorting to plodding, turgid exposition and painfully obviousstatements. It's part way down this terrible slope that you'll feel theurge to pick up your coat, head for the exit and sneak into the screennext door even if it is only Top Cat: The Movie.

    Don't! Stick with it. Somewhere around the halfway point the declineinto cinema hell slows, stops and gradually heads up to a satisfyingpeak via some strange and thoroughly enjoyable scenery. For the patientand slightly off-kilter, it's a very satisfying escapade indeed.

    At some point you'll discover that it's evolved into a most amusing andvery dark trip through a world inhabited by the likes of Tim Burton(when on form), Wes Anderson, Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl. It's a world Ifeel very comfortable in but doesn't suit every reader of my blog.There's murder in mind, paranoia at large and animation sequences akinto Fantastic Mr Fox and The Nightmare Before Christmas on LSD.

    Cast-wise there's nothing remarkable on display; Pegg is good but illserved by the stodgy first act and Amara Karan as Sangeet occasionallyforgets how to act but gives enough to be enjoyable if not memorable.The absolute star of A Fantastic Fear of Everything is Crispian Millsand it has nothing to do with him being son of Hayley, grandson of SirJohn, nephew of Maxwell Caulfield or lead singer of Kula Shaker,although it's all interesting trivia.

    No, he's a star because this is his directorial debut. And his firstouting as producer. And the first screenplay he's written. As debutsgo, it's not up there with Duncan Jones' Moon but it's one heck of astart and he's the star because he's dared to be both dark anddifferent at a time when Hollywood is determined to be predictable andrepetitively upbeat.

    A Fantastic Fear of Everything is far from being a perfect movie butit's a solid, enthralling film that hints at the possibility ofCrispian Mills becoming a very fine filmmaker indeed and a hero of theoff-kilter cinephiles who are tired of Tim Burton's ever-downwardspiral and in need of someone new to rely on for their fix ofsurrealism.

  3. alangsco from Scotland
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    I went to see A Fantastic Fear of Everything with no expectations as Ihadn't read any reviews and had been underwhelmed by a couple of SimonPegg's recent efforts. To use a crude rating system i'd say that thiswas marginally better than Paul and a lot better than Burke & Hare.

    I liked the originality of the story and the journey the character tookthrough the movie. It was frequently amusing without ever getting toreal laugh-out-loud comedy levels. Silly humour mixed in with quiteclever stuff. I'm not sure how it'll go down outside of the U.K. andindeed I felt that it was more suited to a television rather than big-screen format. It's the sort of film I think you could reallyappreciate if you put it on after coming home completely inebriatedfrom the pub, although you'd probably have to shave 10-15 minutes offthe running time in order to stay awake till the end.

  4. Harry-Hood from United States
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    This film will find its audience among fans of dark comedy. Don'texpect the broad appeal of "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz", andcomparisons to other Simon Pegg films miss the point. This is a filmdeserving attention, especially for writers and the "cult" audience whoenjoy quirky, unique dark comedies/mysteries.

    Reviewers forget that some films are not for everyone, and theiropinion is worth nothing in the evaluation of such films. This one maybe very much enjoyed by a smaller audience, even after severalviewings. "Fantastic Fear" ranks among the "love it or leave it" types;you may find it annoying or too odd, like "Dark Shadows", or it'stremendous fun.

    "Burke & Hare" also divided audiences, yet this film has more in commonwith murder-mysteries, like a cross between "Clue" and a spoofy take onsay, the recent "The Raven (2012)". Better than both films, IMO, thiswill live on with DVD and Blu-ray releases, thankfully.

    Box office numbers and critical "consensus" are ultimately short-lived,and very deceptive. Give this a chance if you like dark comedies. Andit must be said that Simon Pegg's acting resume becomes increasinglyimpressive. Regardless of the final product, you have to give himprops. And here, the final product is better than you might expect.

  5. Alias Aeon from Greece
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    The script is intelligent, the direction is smart, the "camera move" issupreme and Simon Pegg's performance is outstanding. It's a blackcomedy with a rather 80's touch that renders the whole atmosphere somystical and hysterical. The humor is totally "black" orchestrated withextreme behavioral moods, spastic grimaces, and unbelievable dreamsequences that you'd love to watch over and over again. The characterSimon Pegg is playing, is a kind of paranoid intelligent looser that istrapped between 2 worlds. The fears and insecurity he has carried overfrom the past (as a kid) have reached a point where they've becomephobias, projecting outwardly in schizophrenic behavior. The characterbelieves or rather is obsessed with the idea that he is going to bemurdered. I am not going to say anything more about the plot as it'sworth seeing it afresh.

    This film captures some amazing ingredients of good black comedy films:mystical atmosphere, sound/music synchronization with sudden cameramoves, funny faces (extreme), smart script, dream sequences andspontaneous direction. It's British humor, which I personally love,with a few deeper meanings (behind the whole phobia thing projectedfrom a traumatized subconscious which tries to come to peace with thepast).

    Having read a few other reviews before watching it, I must say that Ifind it sad that people expect American style productions and highbudgets in order to like a film. How rare good comedies are these days?I loved the film and if you like black comedy and other Simon Pegg'smovies I suppose you'll at least like it, since it carries a cinematicseriousness in its humor.

  6. (marictur) from Estonia
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    I was feeling very down one evening and wanted to watch something thatwould distract me from my thoughts. I went through a couple of lists ofso-called "feel-good movies" but after realising that I can't takeadvice from anyone that finds the Hangover funny (no offence, justdifferent tastes), I decided to see what Simon Pegg has been up to, asShaun of the Dead is one of my biggest favourites.

    This isn't Shaun of the Dead, and if you watch it expecting it to be,you will be bitterly disappointed, as others have said. However, themovie still has a certain dark humour, which I greatly enjoyed, and itcarries a story, which for me was very meaningful.

    The first half of the movie might seem a bit dragged-out (I enjoyed itthough, perhaps because I know all too well how easy it is to thinkyourself crazy, so I was able to relate to some of what was going on onthe screen), but the second half is truly excellent The negativereviews were a bit too harsh in my opinion and that was what promptedme to write one of my own. I'm not going to say you are guaranteed tolike it, all I want to do is suggest you give this movie a chance, youmight be pleasantly surprised.

  7. Rich Wright
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    Here's a bit of advice: Cult films are usually made accidentally.Something like Withnail And I or Eraserhead were not designed to bequoted or referenced decades later, but thanks to a combination ofpublic affection and quirkiness, that's exactly how its turned out. Ifon the other hand, you TRY to make your movie as a crazy and as randomas possible to give it distinction, you usually all goes tits-up andthe ends up with a bit of a mess. Exhibit A: This.

    Now I don't doubt that Simon Pegg made it with the best of intentions,and there is SOME truly inspired stuff here that made me giggle no end.But there are also plenty of feeble jokes that not even a playschoolerwould laugh at, and a narrative which is all rather tragic. And Pegg'scharacter is such a shrill worrywart who does such stupid things, hebecomes a figure of hate rather than a 'hero' to sympathise with…which isn't good considering he's the sole person on screen most of thetime…

    A curate's egg then. (Gosh, I've been waiting to use that term forAGES, man… Don't I sound bright?) 5/10

  8. nfrankis01 from England
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    Oh dear…..it is plain to see that SimonPegg is at his best when hehas written the screenplay himself. This film left me wondering why onearth Mr Pegg would do such a film. I enjoyed the way it was shot plusthe narrative alongside the film but all the while seemed flat inregards to story. I wonder if it was trying to come across in comicbook style but fell short of the mark. Perhaps if Edgar Wright haddirected then it may have given it a little more momentum as 104minutes can be a long time if there is nothing gripping you and keepingyour focus. It is worth watching if you're a fan of the Pegg otherwiseI'd choose something else.

    Give peas a chance

  9. Pablo from Houston, USA
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    I agree with everything the previous poster said. The movie isbrilliant, hilarious, emotive, fantastic and everything most movies Ihave seen from EUA are not. I love comedy and I always hope to beamused and laugh, but I don't know if it's me who has a weird sense ofhumor or is the movies I watch. Most of the American movies I have seenlately, THAT'S MY BOY, BRIDESMAIDS, etc. are cute but not funny, nothilarious, not sad, nothing, just empty. I like THE NEIGHBORS, which Ihave seen nobody else likes, I like SLAMMING SALMON, where I waslaughing so hard my stomach hurt, and so on. So Simon Pegg here isgreat! The story is great, I laughed and cried, what for me makes amovie perfect! This is a great movie for my sense of humor!

  10. Sheikh_Kamal_El_Voldemort from Salahudeen
    11 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    Okay, so I'm asking for it by voluntarily watching a Simon Peg movie, Iknow. But could I have guessed just how awful it would be? Sean of theDead took all it's material from classic zombie movies and addedslapstick. Hot Fuzz at least had some semblance of a story behind it,while "Paul" was 2 straight hours of classic mainstream Scifireferences, here however, Peg is treading water without a life line andit shows.

    Peg's most painful offering to date, every second irritates and annoys.This might be an attempt at American (Adam Sandler) humour but it's notfunny. What Clare Higgins thought she'd get out of it is beyond me butit's a major blemish to her name, one she'd sooner forget, I'd imagine.I try to be fair and give all movies a chance, but oh the agony! Neveragain will I even think about watching this piece of junk. Anyone whoactually enjoyed this movie needs to have their head examined fordamage. Avoid at all costs.

    On viewing it last night, this film immediately usurped the position ofmy long-standing most despised film of all time, the execrableCALIGULA. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is, beyond any shred of doubt,THE most excruciating comedy I have ever had the misfortune to suffer.In fact, anything Malcolm McDowell did with a newlywed couple and afistful of mashed potatoes in CALIGULA was a thousand times funnierthan the collective 'jokes' of A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Thisfilm pollutes the earth.

    In closing, I share the words of a good friend who watched the filmwith me. Partway through the laughless mire, he turned to me withgenuine concern and asked, "Mate, are you all right? I've never seenyou look like that before".

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