A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is an intriguing-sounding title with a talented actor (Simon Pegg) heading it up. The film hasn't had much publicity and it's not hard to see why - it's a pulpy mess. Pegg plays a children's author who aims for something more mature with The Criminal Stare - a book about Victorian criminals. As he delves deeper into the psyche of the criminal mind, his own mind begins to fracture and he becomes paranoid. His encounter with a mild-mannered serial killer also doesn't help. The film starts well but it quickly becomes apparent that it doesn't know where to go with its story, which is all over the place. Long stretches are spent in a launderette, as Pegg becomes increasingly worried about his washing (no, really). It would appear to be a comedy-horror, but it's neither funny nor scary enough to be both. Like this week's other non-comedy Casa De Mi Padre, this is just one of those mediocre films that studios are dumping out during Euro 2012 in the hope that people won't notice.
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