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 by
As a chance to get under the skin of an adult feeling trapped by his life choices, Simon Pegg and Director Crispian Mills took their children to a concert by the Australian children's group, The Wiggles. They were struck by how enraptured the children were by the performers, and couldn't help wonder what the men playing The Wiggles must actually feel like from a creatively empowered point of view, as the opportunities to do anything else must be severely limited for them. See more »
During the restaurant scene, the black man sitting behind Jack disappears & reappears as the shot changes. See more »
You're fucked up Jack. You need therapy.
Oh I haven't got time. I've got a meeting in about an hour.
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In a Gadda Da Vita
Performed by The Incredible Bongo Band
Written by Doug Ingle (as Douglas Ingle) (CA)
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Not for mass audiences, HOWEVER a very clever, funny original
This film will find its audience among fans of dark comedy. Don't expect the broad appeal of "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz", and comparisons to other Simon Pegg films miss the point. This is a film deserving attention, especially for writers and the "cult" audience who enjoy quirky, unique dark comedies/mysteries.
Reviewers forget that some films are not for everyone, and their opinion is worth nothing in the evaluation of such films. This one may be very much enjoyed by a smaller audience, even after several viewings. "Fantastic Fear" ranks among the "love it or leave it" types; you may find it annoying or too odd, like "Dark Shadows", or it's tremendous fun.
"Burke & Hare" also divided audiences, yet this film has more in common with murder-mysteries, like a cross between "Clue" and a spoofy take on say, the recent "The Raven (2012)". Better than both films, IMO, this will 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. And it must be said that Simon Pegg's acting resume becomes increasingly impressive. Regardless of the final product, you have to give him props. And here, the final product is better than you might expect.
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