Truth Seekers review: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back with spooky fun

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Reality Seekers, hitting Amazon on Oct. 30.


Lengthy-time comedy couple Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are hardly ever far aside, however in new Amazon sequence Truth Seekers they’re nearer than ever: It is the primary TV present written by and starring the pair, and their first writing collaboration in almost a decade, since geeky alien road-trip film Paul.

A ghost-hunting journey, co-written by Sick Be aware creators James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders, Reality Seekers is pumped stuffed with homages to Carrie, The X-Recordsdata, Ghostbusters, Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World and extra.

However like Paul, you end up ready for Reality Seekers to succeed in its full potential. What begins as a comedy-horror with a surprisingly darkish edge stretches right into a roughly-sketched conspiracy, that lacks the reveals and paranoia of the duo’s work with Edgar Wright in Scorching Fuzz.

Pegg and Frost’s scenes collectively are disappointingly restricted: Frost performs reclusive YouTuber Gus, determined for subscribers and approval of his ghost-hunting missions which have but to function precise ghosts.

Gus’ boring day job as a broadband installer sees him report back to Pegg’s Dave, who’s clearly hiding one thing behind a terrifically terrible gray wig. “Connecting worlds,” his firm Smyle guarantees.


Frost and Samson Kayo as Gus and Elton.


Together with a reluctant new millennial associate in Samson Kayo’s Elton (surname: John), Gus trundles his van to totally different assignments, which fortuitously for his YouTube profession happen in haunted dwellings throughout the UK.

Frost has all of the enjoyable (and display time) with the precise ghost-hunting, beckoning Elton’s video digital camera nearer as he rattles off the names of paranormal investigating tools — Electroplasmic Spectrometer, anybody?


Emma D’Arcy performs Astrid (not the zombie).


Among the phenomena Gus, Elton and Astrid (Emma D’Arcy) — a mysterious, ’80s-overall-shorts-wearing lady who tags alongside — encounter are notably grotesque and sinister. The opening scene includes a burning lady in an oh-shit-this-is-actually-scary second. However others tug the present’s tone the opposite method, with schlockier costumes and eventualities, from figures in beaked masks and consciousnesses caught in clanky previous machines.

Goofy feedback throughout suspenseful moments present just a few chuckles and Gus’ clueless, ageing dad Richard (a runaway standout Malcom McDowell) is launched with a visible gag that cleverly blends comedy and ghosts.

However the tone by no means finds a easy steadiness, with an added layer of darkness to the characters themselves. Astrid overtly describes her previous traumatic experiences with amusing innocence, whereas Gus deflects questions on his lacking spouse, hiding his loneliness.

Sometimes the half-hour installments really feel quick, the cliffhangers neither fulfill with a conclusion or depart you wanting extra. Whereas it is designed to be binged, the preliminary ghost-an-episode format leaves little time to scratch the floor of the purchasers and their hauntings earlier than the general thriller takes over.

The one consistency is the sense each member of the forged is having a ball. An oddball visitor star function sees Julian Baratt (The Mighty Boosh) barely breaking a sweat as occult chief Dr. Peter Toynbee. Amongst just a few different surprises, Susie Wokoma (Chewing Gum) is charmingly chaotic as Elton’s sister Helen, a Physician Who cosplay make-up YouTuber with agoraphobia.

Regardless of just a few moments of spooky enjoyable, Reality Seekers will not prime the listing of Pegg and Frost’s finest. Nonetheless, it takes its horror influences critically and Pegg and Frost’s affably entertaining stamp might be felt frivolously pressed upon all of it.

Reality Seekers hits Amazon Oct. 30, simply in time for Halloween.

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Jennifer Bisset