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The Fog

A 1980 film directed by John Carpenter.

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EXCELLENT STORY TELLING

  • Jun 23, 2010
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The Fog (Special Edition)

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 a while since I had seen this movie. Thankfully since the remake had been released the original had been re-released as well, this has been the pattern as of late with remakes flooding the industry the originals are re-released on special edition dvd {Amityville Horror, Texas Chainsaw Massacre}.

Director and co writer John Carpenter has always been one of my favorite filmmakers from Halloween to The Thing to Vampires I have always enjoyed his work {Ghost of Mars included}, but The Fog has always been at the top of the list. Not that this film is insanely scary or something, but the film is really entertaining. I never really understood why this film didn't do as well has Carpenter's & Debra Hill's {producer & co writer} "Halloween". Where "Halloween" is a really entertaining film {it really is a classic}, to be honest the idea and concept was not a new one, it is what it is, a slasher flick. But "The Fog" has a very interesting {great} idea & concept behind it, there's something in the fog. To be honest the idea of that is pretty scary, what is in the fog? The story is really an interesting one; the town has a 100 year old curse on it. It seems that all those years ago the town's founding fathers screwed over some pirates {or sailors depending on how you want to see it}, and using some fires on the shore led them to their deaths. On top of that if that wasn't enough, they took the gold the pirates had. So over the next few days the town is terrorized by these ghosts in the fog culminating with an excellent ending and great final shot.

The film is well written and directed and flows nicely thanks to the collective unit of Hill {R.I.P.} & Carpenter. No scenes seem to throw the film off in any way, and the performances are great. "Halloween's" Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the screen as a girl who happens to be hitchhiking into town on the wrong day. Also on the film we have Curtis's mother Janet Leigh playing a person who seems to be one of the towns head figures {not the mayor like some think}. John Houseman performers well in his role, as does star Adrienne Barbeau who judging from what is said in the behind the scenes documentaries most people don't credit her as the star. But don't get it twisted she is the star and performers well in the lead role as a radio personality. But my favorite performance is by Hal Holbrook who plays Father Malone. His performance is chillingly good and hauntingly enchanting; his cold blank expressions are excellent. And of course the people in the fog are great, and that can be credited to the make up department.

Scenes in particular that I love are the ones that involve the ghosts killing the people on the boat and of course the last part of the film where the ghosts are in the church. The last scene in particular is great; too bad they had to finish off the job of taking all the decedents out that screwed them.
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July 13, 2010
here's another movie that really didn't need to be remade. Why not just let well enough alone? I like the box design with the hand--I'm not that picky about the color.
 
June 23, 2010
Dude, this is still one of the creepiest Carpenter movies I've watched. Nice one!
June 24, 2010
Yeah man I love this film, the remake not so much.
 
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review by . January 09, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** 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, 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 …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I love this film. Older school horror from back when you didn't need much violence and still get be scared via this thing called suspense. It's not terribly scary by today's desensitizations, and really it might not be a brilliant flick by most people's standards but it's a good idea and flows well and is an overall entertaining watch.
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