The Fog (1979)
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Movie InfoA weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood in a child's hand glows with spectral light an eerie fog envelops the bay, and from it's midst emerge dripping demonic victims of a century old shipwreck...seeking revenge against a small California coastal town.
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Critic Reviews for The Fog
The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.
Though the plot is implausible and the unfolding story hardly makes any sense, Carpenter stylishly presents an eerie atmosphere for the zombie invasion.
The Fog is right in line with the types of film Carpenter made before his professional fall from grace: It's unpretentious genre fun, stylishly assembled and populated with colorful characters.
Released four years after the Bicentennial, 'The Fog' might be a jaundiced corrective to the often uncritical self-congratulation of America's birthday celebration, with the ghosts as manfestations of manifest destiny's bloody heritage.
Halloween brought classic genre style into a new era, and The Fog goes even further in that direction.
... makes the most of the dramatic possibilities inherent in an isolated coastal town, as well as the scare potential of darkness, fog, and silent strangers bearing longshoremen's hooks.
During this period, Carpenter and his fine collaborator the late Debra Hill were so good at crafting suspenseful, slow burn horror stories with multiple storylines.
Crucial factors are missing in yet another horror flick serving up a dull collection of stock types whose illogical and frequently stupid actions are necessary to advance plot and generate what passes for suspense.
O roteiro é de uma tolice pavorosa, mas Carpenter consegue gerar tensão e bons sustos até mesmo com o recurso absurdo de fazer seus vilões baterem na porta antes de entrar.
Fairly dull ghost story occasionally given a boost by the cast and by Carpenter's proficiency with the genre. Occasionally.
Ten remakes wouldn't even surpass this creepy classic's greatness. The definitive horror film.
Not up to Carpenter's Halloween or The Thing, but a solid, atmospheric suspense film nevertheless.
The Fog is a ghost story with just the right balance of special effects artistry, menacing music and visual poetry.
Audience Reviews for The Fog
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
Edgar Allen Poe
Deadly ghosts of murdered lepers come out of fog banks to terrorize the small Northern California town Antonio Bay(Point Reyes). Adrienne Barbeau stars as a radio jockey(Stevie Wayne) with a son that is told a "ghost" story of what essentially transpires by the late/great John Housemen who portrays a grizzled old salt(Machen) . This sets the mood for the film perfectly with his unique voice tone. John Carpenter's brilliant soundtrack work enhances the eerie premise as well. His cameo as assistant to Father Malone(Hal Holbrook) is silly, but I wouldn't put it past him to intentionally be bad for a certain effect. Regardless, he's one hell of a great horror filmmaker and cool guy.
And hey, we even get the scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis in this one.
Filmed two years after the success of 'Halloween' and the kick off for Carpenter's cult movie making career. A cute little horror flick this, a nice old fashioned spooky sea yarn that wouldn't look outta place as a 'Scooby Doo' plot if done that way.
Overall a very basic film with bottom of the barrel effects clearly done on a shoestring yet it still works effectively. I love the mist effects in this film as they remind me of many old classic black n white horror's. A really nice kind of 'Twilight Zone' feel about the proceedings that gives great atmosphere and a decent chill to the bone with all the misty cold dusk vista's.
As said the film is very basic but offers nice creativity on all counts. The nasty spooky ghosts are merely actors in dark clothes and shot in silhouette, the odd bit of seaweed draped on their arms and leader 'Captain Blake' has glowing red eyes. They simply turn up with the fog and knock on peoples doors hoping to be let in so they can kill you haha how polite!
Of course the cast is a classic line up of character actors, some of which Carpenter used for his previous popular horror flick, I don't need to mention them do I. Although personally I wouldn't have used Curtis again, bit samey.
I like this film very much, it has a great eerie factor with a plain and simple plot, no silly frills, a pure quality ghost story of old. Loved the use of a smoke machine to pump in the menacing fog at the required moments, so very cheap n obvious but so very cool.
A simple but efficient horror movie with an atmospheric score and some good scares, even if the script is sometimes illogical and full of plot holes. Besides, it proves that showing dead people knocking on the doors before entering can be really scary.More
A very misable horror film from the otherwise dependable John Carpenter, concerning a mysterious fog that overtakes a small ocean-side Californian town and how monstrous beings kill anything that is in front of them. This remains an underseen movie, but in this case it is probably better that way. There is nothing special about it whatsoever. Stupid horror characters doing stupid things ("Oh it's just some kids playing a joke..."), and Carpenter's main shortcoming as a story-teller pops up yet again, that being character development. He got away with it in both "Halloween" (where suspense and a wonderful soundtrack helped amp up his story) and "The Thing" (where outrageous gore and a realistic conclusion kept it above level), but here it is badly shown. Not one character in this story is three-dimensional or even close to being sympathetic (something Jamie Lee Curtis and Hal Holbrook, two talented performers, definitely could have accomplished given more material for their respected parts). Sure, give credit to Carpenter for still doing some things right in terms of atmosphere and making that fog creepy, but in this case this film is a dud because not one character is colored and the pace could not be slower for a horror film.More
The Fog Quotes
- Kathy Williams:
- Sandy, you're the only person I know who can make 'Yes, Ma'am' sound like 'screw you'.
- Sandy Fadel:
- Yes, Ma'am.
- Father Malone:
- Blake, I have your gold. My grandfather stole it from you. I'm the one who must answer for it.
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