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The Fog Reviews

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January 14, 2016
Mystic horror set on the very shores of California. Chilling synthesisers introducing the banished ones. Solid and haunting.
½ January 4, 2016
The climax of the film is pretty good, and I really wish the whole film was on the level because if it was it'd be an easy four stars. However this is one of those films that makes you wait and wait and wait for the action to start. If I were to guess I'd say there's about an hour of buildup and 20 minutes of execution, which does not make for an entertaining watch.
December 24, 2015
The Fog is an original and thrilling story, that counts with a good cast and with a dark and unwieldy athmosphere and that can be considered a promisor movie that should have been better than it really is, because of its predictable narrative and weak script.
December 24, 2015
The Fog is an original and thrilling story, that counts with a good cast and with a dark and unwieldy athmosphere and that can be considered a promisor movie that should have been better than it really is, because of its predictable narrative and weak script.
½ December 13, 2015
Great atmosphere! Carpenter at his height!
½ November 21, 2015
Kudos for being a Carpenter classic and for much of the first two acts, it maintains a pretty solid amount of tension but the rushed and simple final act let it down some.
½ November 3, 2015
Carpenter knows how to present his story in a suspenseful way.
October 26, 2015
Very creepy film and original film.
½ October 25, 2015
Even though a classic Carpenter, it's not really scary.
Super Reviewer
October 24, 2015
John Carpenter's memorable old-fashioned ghost story about a California coastal town called Antonio Bay, that is cursed by a dark secret of greed and murder, It was exactly 100 years ago that a ship named the Elizabeth Dane was horribly wrecked on the rocks and sunk with all hands under questionable circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now the fog has returned to Antonio Bay and the long-dead mariners have come back from their watery graves to exact a bloody vengeance on the towns people for their deaths. Scary fun that is beautiful designed and shot with outstanding direction by Carpenter, and superlative performances from it's cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Atkins. Special kudos to the late great John Houseman for his outstanding cameo at the film's opening. There is also an effectively haunting score by Carpenter. A very enjoyable spook feast indeed. Highly Recommended.
October 11, 2015
John Carpenter is very good at low budget horror if you're not looking for anything too scary. Part of what made this movie work was the music Carpenter composed that really fit the scenes and tone. It wasn't bad for a movie filmed over the course of three days.
October 10, 2015
One of my favorite ghost flicks... they don't come much more atmospheric and creepily shot than The Fog.
½ October 1, 2015
Il est indéniable que The Fog montre par séquence tout le talent de John Carpenter que ce soi dans l'image (les séquences de brouillard sont assez réussies). Malheureusement, en dépit de sa durée extrêmement courte, The Fog se trouve être absurdement lent, sans doute à cause de l'entité maléfique du film, franchement ridicule (un Capitaine Crochet going berzerk, par exemple). Le film souffre aussi de la comparaison avec Halloween, précédent film de Carpenter, beaucoup moins effrayant et moins bien rythmé. Adrienne Barbeau n'est pas non plus très bonne, tandis que Tom Atkins est trop peu présent... Comparé à d'autres films de Carpenter, The Fog a vraiment trop mal vieilli.
September 16, 2015
John Carpenter & Debra Hill (Creators Of Halloween), Bring Another Horror Film To Screen With The Fog, This Time It's Not A Madman But Zombie-Like Ghosts Instead Who Are After The Relatives Of The 6 Conspirators That Killed Them 100 Years Ago. Totally Different To Their Previous Film, The Fog Is An Old-Fashioned Ghost Story, Which Oozes With Chilling Atmosphere. The Film Is Cleverly Cut, With A Great Script And Direction By John Carpenter. The Film Also As A Somewhat Decent Cast, Hal Holbrook, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins & Adrienne Barbeau In Her Film Debut.
Mark H.
Super Reviewer
½ August 22, 2015
The Fog is John Carpenter's first offering immediately following the tremendous, well-deserved success of Halloween. Call it the sophomore jinx or the pressure of generating the same kind of success that he did on Halloween, The Fog was reportedly fraught with production problems, didn't make sense when first edited and viewed by Carpenter, so much so that he re-shot or added a full 30 minutes of new footage, including the opening campfire story scene, to help tell the story and eliminate confusion. He also added some violence, feeling The Fog lacked scares. In the end, Carpenter has said this is his least favorite film he made, due to the production problems and disappointment following Halloween. But let's face it, Halloween is a masterpiece which defined and created the benchmark for a genre, and you simply cannot do that twice, let alone back-to-back and with only 3 theatrically released films to his credit at age 32. And Assault on Precinct 13 is pretty primitive and simplistic. By comparison, Halloween was a quantum leap in terms of story and direction. The Fog is actually a good movie with a decent, if a bit odd, mystery backstory to explain the curse on the folks at Antonio Bay. Carpenter again, wisely, avoids graphic violence or gore, and sticks to slow, atmoshperic build up with some decent spooky set pieces including the Elizabeth Dane ghost ship and the coastal town and lighthouse. This is a respectable, simple ghost story which was made on yet another tiny budget - 1 million, and earned more than 20 million, setting up Carpenter for his first big-budget horror movie 2 years later, The Thing. The Fog is a good entry-level horror movie for those who are easily frightened, and probably should have been rated PG. Surely it would have fit the PG-13 mold a few years later. Overall, a worthy ghost story and one of Carpenter's best. (Sorry, John!).
½ August 3, 2015
This is a pretty decent little horror film/ghost story. i had seen it only once before so didn't remember it well. This is John Carpenter's first feature after "Halloween" and he brings back Jamie Lee Curtis and introduces Adrienne Barbeau and also add vets Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook. One of several films shot by Dean Cundey for Carpenter including "Halloween" and "The Thing", he would go on to shoot the "Back to the Future" trilogy and "Jurassic Park", so this film has a great look. This film is very creepy and moves along nicely. If you like horror films, give this a watch!
½ July 4, 2015
Really cool, but the villain could be a lot better
½ June 30, 2015
A simple horror movie and fairly effective. It doesn't overdo it, but at times you sort of wish for a bit more. It's more like a horror movie that would have been made in the 1940s as opposed to the 1980s. It relies more on atmosphere and mood than deaths and gore. Worth checking out.
½ June 30, 2015
A cool premise. This is definitively a thrilling classic adaptation film from a Stephen King novel. The acting is good for this type of movie and the movie's ghosts are just terrific. Even if you can't see much graphic stuff. Recommended !!
June 19, 2015
It's no accident that this starts off with a campfire tale because this is pretty much the perfect ghost story made flesh. It's not a slasher movie so don't expect that, it's like a nightmare dreamscape with creepy atmosphere and tense scenes. Misunderstood classic!
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