The Fog Reviews
October 7, 2012
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...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.
November 9, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
October 23, 2014
Despite feeling too slow for today standards, The Fog is creepy little movie with great visuals and a lot of atmosphere.
October 23, 2014
Underrated classic ghost story from john carpenter, full of atmosphere and mood, and as well as being a great slow burn creepfest it's also a strangely cosy movie as well.
October 22, 2014
It has the obvious genre cliches and stupidity that can't be helped. It has a few edge of your seat moments, but is bugged again by horror cliches. It's like they never seen a horror movie before. Also there are moments where they're dumb and then all of a sudden they become aware of the situation. At moments its laughable and I don't get how this is a horror classic. Overall i was hoping for this movie, because of what people say and how they deem it a classic. 4.2
October 22, 2014
Even being one of Carpenter's lesser efforts, his ability to create a grim, foreboding atmosphere (no pun intended) is palpable. Barbeau gives a terrific performance as Stevie, and it's a shame the DJ-in-the-watchtower concept isn't as well utilized as it could have been, particularly as the final act gives way to perhaps Carpenter's weakest and half-hearted use of of the favored building-under-siege trope.
October 14, 2014
The atmosphere is so terrific and the pairing of Tom Atkins and Jamie Lee Curtis couldn't have been better. These things almost make up for the fact they drop the ball about 20 minutes before the end.
October 4, 2014
Classy American gothic in the style of E.C horror comic books.
September 21, 2014
Unpretentious, low-budget horror. Good simplistic premise, underdeveloped story, the editing falls apart at the end, but the slow burn build is good, with some beautiful, haunting shots of a stunning little part of the world (oh to have a job as a DJ in a lighthouse!) The characters are as undeveloped as the story, but the casting is typically JC great, and the perfs carry the day. Far from JC's best, but a decent footnote in his career, and...damn I love movies made at the turn of that decade. So evocative for me.
March 31, 2012
I've gone back and forth about how I feel about John Carpenter's The Fog. First and foremost, I am not a huge fan of this man's work, but I like a lot of movies that he's made. This has never really been one of the them, but I've warmed up to it a little bit more since I first saw it. At the time, I thought it was mediocre at best, and that actually showing the murderous pirate ghosts was probably not the best idea in the world. It seemed less scary that way. I still feel that way, but I like it a little more now than I did then, mainly because I now know what a low budget John Carpenter had to work with on this one, and he still made a somewhat effective film. It's still not a terrific film, but it fares a little better with me today. The cast is probably my favorite thing about it, having a John Carpenter all-star line-up of talent on display. Virtually every person that's ever been in a John Carpenter film is in this. It's a bit of a spooky movie, but I think respect it more than I actually enjoy it.
September 5, 2014
May not be Carpenter and Hill's best work together, but still lots of fun. The Fog is a great, creepy, classic ghost story
August 17, 2014
John Carpenter lends The Fog style and a strong atmosphere, but the plot lacks surprises as 100-year old, nondescript ghosts return from their watery grave to seek revenge upon residents of a coastal town. A few passable suspenseful scenes notwithstanding, not a patch on Carpenter's preceding film, Halloween.
August 14, 2014
Another awesome classic of Carpenter. It might not be the best of his movies, but it still has so much to offer that it never gets boring. Great audio and visuals. The atmosphere throughout the film is dark and creepy, and it makes the film still one of the best of its genre - even after 20 years!
Watch it if you like horror movies from the 80's and other Carpenter movies
September 13, 2011
Solid horror film from John Carpenter. It has good characters, suspense, fantastic visuals, and a decent Carpenter score. All in all I found the film to be enjoyable, and it didn't even have the sort of slowness and lag that "Halloween" occasionally had (although I do enjoy that film a lot). "The Fog" isn't the greatest horror film ever made, but I'd recommend it to any fans of the genre.
July 27, 2014
More than my expectation, "The Fog" is a real of night terror, stylish revenge ghost story and scary as classic horror always did in its way.
July 8, 2014
The atmosphere of the movie is so amazing and creepy, it makes you ask for more. One of the best films of one of the best directors of this genre.
July 3, 2014
It's beyond dated, and probably was not even good during its release. But now, it just looks terrible. At least with lord slasher flicks like Halloween, there is at least a strong villain. Here we have a Lobo lookalike and his gang that comes out of the fog - yeah, just bad.
July 2, 2014
Fun and spooky, this chiller uses the slow-build method that works thanks to interesting characters that keep our attention long enough to reach the satisfyingly ghoulish finale.
May 31, 2014
Director John Carpenter's flawed, nautical ghost story. Lots of great atmosphere and some beautiful, Northern California coast location shooting by Dean Cundey, along with a good performance by the lovely Adrienne Barbeau. A bit meandering, with too many characters maybe, but still good for a few chills.