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The Fog

A 1980 film directed by John Carpenter.

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Murk and Grue

  • Jun 23, 2011
Inheriting much of the cast and crew of the preceding Assault On Precinct 13 and Halloween, The Fog is probably the least of John Carpenter's early films, but it really shouldn't be overlooked. Carpenter stretched a $1 million budget pretty far and took his time establishing mood and a murky, sea-swept tension within the cramped constraints of this 89-minute cult classic.

While not as scary as Carpenter hoped that it would be, this is still a suspenseful, enormously atmospheric horror flick. Carpenter has never been satisfied with it and neither were critics upon its release, but considering that the movie was successful (earning at least 21 times its budget), I'm inclined to believe that audiences were at least as satisfied with it as I am.

The performances of the popular cast are serviceable, and the low-budget production design is well implemented. That Adrienne Barbeau was able to deliver so many cheeseball lines so convincingly indicates that her talents weren't limited to assets located immediately beneath her neckline. John Houseman narrates a creepy ghost story at the beginning of the film - one of many highlights that make this an ideal Halloween viewing.

Fun fact: Rick Baker protégé/RoboCop designer/SFX genius Rob Bottin is present here in a cameo as the leprous, undead Captain Blake. Also: considering that the events of this film take place on April twenty-first and that it was filmed in 1979, I'm led to believe that this story occurs during my birthday. Even more horrific!

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June 23, 2011
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June 23, 2011
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June 23, 2011
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review by . January 09, 2012
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*** out of ****    I absolutely adore seaside terror. As a resident of coastal Maine; I can relate to these tales for their locations, their adapted characters, their situations, and above all, their monsters. While there are certainly some seaside classics in the horror genre; it doesn't get enough respect nowadays and I think that needs to change. But of course, until someone decides to be brave and take up the nigh impossible task of creating a new, great modern seaside horror …
review by . June 23, 2010
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      JOHN CARPENTER'S   THE FOG      "I choose the blue one" is what I told myself when I had seen the two different colors {green & blue} for the box of this film. Not that it made a difference; the two are exactly the same film with the same special features. In fact the absolute only difference from what I can tell is the colors, my reasoning was I like blue so blue it is. So I make my way home kinda excited because it had been …
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