The Fog

1980

Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller

141
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 53944

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Jamie Lee Curtis as Elizabeth Solley
Janet Leigh as Kathy Williams
John Carpenter as Bennett
Adrienne Barbeau as Stevie Wayne
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mpaulso 8 / 10

The Fog

"...when the fog returns to Antonio Bay, the men at the bottom of the sea, out in the water by Spivey Point will rise up and search for the campfire that led them to their dark, icy death."

John Carpenter and Debra Hill put together an brilliantly made film. After being such a big fan of the Halloween Franchise and The Thing I have not kept up or seen many other films from John Carpenter library. I was glad I was able to start that tonight. You can instantly recognize his style during the great opening credit scenes. The cinematography and score and incredible.

I really enjoyed the premise and the set-up was very eerie. The pay off isn't as good as the set-up but I am excited to re-watch this film.

Reviewed by RforFilm 5 / 10

The Fog is good at building a spooky atmosphere. I just wished the characters were more interesting to go with the scares

Bolt your doors. Lock the windows. There's something in the fog! Believe it or not, I can see where this tagline is coming from. I don't mean which movie, as I know it's from The Fog, but rather how this could be scary. Place yourself in a seaside town in the dead of night. As your walking near the beach, a deep fog suddenly encloses you, blinding you. Where do you go? What could it be hiding? A fog can be seen in the same way why people fear the dark; it's what's possibly in there that could be scary.

While I don't live near the ocean, I've been there a lot being a resident of California, to see several fog banks in the evening and early morning. I see it a more beautiful then frightening, as I see it as a curtain before it reveals the California sunshine that we're familiar with. The point is that because fog is a natural element of nature, I think that I can be seen as scary as it's something we can't control. That's why while I don't consider it scary, I understand why it could be written as scary. Let's see how John Carpenter does so with The Fog.

The northern California town of Antonio Bay is about to mark it's one-hundredth anniversary. The night before, paranormal activity starts to occur as a fog is seeping in. This causes power to go out and car alarms to go off. At the local church, father Malone (played by Hal Holbrook) discovers an old journal that belonged to his grandfather that reveals that the town was built on stolen gold. At the same time, a local sailor Nick Castle (played by Tom Atkins) and hitchhiker Elizabeth (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) witness the fog that shatters the truck their riding in.

The next day, local DJ Stevie Wayne (played by Adrienne Barbeau) finds that her son has brought a plank of wood that reads "DANE". She takes it into work, only for it to suddenly reads "6 MUST DIE". At the same time, Nick and Elizabeth discover a missing ship with the crew all killed and town mayor Kathy Williams (played by Janet Leigh) is aware of the odd events circulating. Once the sun sets, the fog, this time with a strange glow, seeps in bringing zombies of the town elders.

John Carpenter loves portraying the villain as a force rather then as one character. The Fog is a good balance of that personification as the beginning, of an old man telling a campfire about this town's history, and the ending with the monster invasion, sums up how atmosphere can generates a lot of fright. A lot of it is how we don't see much of the threat until the last twenty minutes. It's the Hitchcock principle of what we don't see is scarier. So it's a shame that while the antagonist is fantastic and the films tone does set itself up, the rest of the movie is very generic.

It's not that the cast is trying, but the writing doesn't give a lot of insight to their personalities. They all seem to be catalysts to keep the plot going, so their more light set pieces rather then compelling characters. Even stars like Jamie Lee Curtis and Hal Holbrook are that interesting; their just a standard runaway and standard priest. The only one I enjoyed was Janet Leigh who brings a lot of charisma to a small part that does become bigger then I thought. I can't fully blame the actors. That would be the scripts department.

I get that John Carpenter and Debra Hill wanted The Fog to be reminiscent of a spooky story that would be told around campfires (the beginning of the movie reflects that). I think it's because of this it's a lot tamer the Halloween. Unlike the later, which was a slasher throughout, The Fog is more about the build-up before the actual spook. So if your looking for something scaryÂ…you'll get it if your willing to overlook some bad characters. It's a slow burn, which helps for this kind of story.

I'll give this five hooks out of ten. Though it's full story is bumpy, I'm still recommending this for the atmosphere alone. This may make a good movie to play during parties if you want something that doesn't always require attention. Horror fans what want something with more weight should watch The Thing instead which perfects the mistakes of The Fog. This may not always have everything to make it scary, it has a lot of understanding, so look through it and you may find something worth catching.

Reviewed by meathookcinema 10 / 10

A masterpiece from John Carpenter's imperial phase

I remember being traumatised by the Poster for The Fog before I actually saw the film. We had driven past The Odeon in York and I briefly glanced at it. As this was just a glance I thought I saw a woman lying in bed with a ghostly hand reaching out to grab her. I didn't sleep for several nights after this.

I finally saw the film on video years later and loved it. Whereas Halloween is a killer on the loose movie, The Fog is a modern twist on the old fashioned ghost story.

In fact the plot comes from an event that happened in the late 1890s with a ship being lured onto rocks so that the gold onboard could be robbed and the people onboard left to perish.

The film makes light of this with a buried secret and buried treasure both coming back from the dead. People coming back from the dead in the film is also a knowing wink to the EC Comics of the 50's and 60's in which the dead avenge the living by coming back from their graves. The guilty who are still alive have to face those whom they wronged and with ghastly consequences. There's also a feeling of ordinary people having to endure extraordinary circumstances with these specific comics and within this film.

Whilst the cast is amazing (watch out for the interactions between Janet Leigh and Nancy Loomis- they're hilarious) the true star of the film is the fog itself. With this picture being made in 1980 the fog was real rather than being computer generated as it was in the appalling remake. The fog here is a living, breathing and very menacing entity.

This film also has some of the best cinematography in any horror film and its courtesy of Dean Cundey who had also shot the masterpiece Halloween. The anamorphic Panavision used here was inspired and this and the film's lighting make the movie absolutely beautiful to look at.

Whilst this is an old fashioned ghost story there is also a modernity about proceedings with some sequences that are as nasty if not nastier than the other horror films of the day by their being committed out of frame or within the fog itself. Check out what happens to the men aboard The Seagrass and the way they are dispatched. The sound effects suggest breaking bones and slashed flesh whilst being obscured by the fog itself. Whilst other horror films were being more explicit with their blood and gore, Carpenter suggested these atrocities whilst not fully showing them. This was the correct approach for this film as excessive gore would have seemed out of place and quite cheap for this movie. Carpenter actually reshot scenes to add to the film as he didn't think it was scary enough. I'm glad he didn't go overboard (pun not intended).

Another thing to love about The Fog is the soundtrack. We get the simple piano motifs like in Halloween but also analogue synth atmosphere that really adds to the film as a whole. But most surprisingly there are fully blown baroque pieces that suggest something older and more classical- a reference to what happened years before in Antonio Bay and the resurrection of this piece of grisly history.

Add to the mix some pretty amazing special effects (look out for special effects genius Rob Bottin as lead zombie pirate nicknamed on set 'Wormface') and you have a rip-roaring ride that never outstays its welcome and always feels fresh, innovative and a joy to behold.

In fact this is one of Carpenter's best films and is often overshadowed by Halloween. Its almost as if when a director makes a bona fide classic then any other film is destined to be unfavourably compared to it. The Fog and Halloween are both from Carpenter's Imperial Phase and are both stunning pieces of cinema.

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