The Fog (1979)
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Critic Reviews for The Fog
The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.
A completely solid piece of horror filmmaking that's only slightly undone by its flaws as a piece of horror storytelling.
Carpenter has always been a master of scaring us with what we're not seeing as opposed to delivering an onslaught of carnage to assault our senses and The Fog shows that you can scare the hell out of people without showing them a lot.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Fog
A classic horror that will probably seem a bit tame today. Still may cause a few chills as the pirates come knocking for victims in Antonio Bay!
A good old fashioned ghost story told with verve (if predictability) by Mr. Carpenter. An old dirty deed returns to haunt the scene of the crime, the grandchildren of the criminals. Can they right the wrong before the dead bodies pile up even more? Carpenter keeps it all about the atmosphere and that works considerably. His handling of the music is reminiscent of another horror classic he helmed, and so will be familiar to his fans. Not bad stuff overall. John Houseman begins the piece with the only true understanding of how a ghost story should be told though. Interestingly, two, count 'em, two scream queens (a double-feature if you will), and not one needless titty shot in the whole piece.
A highly underrated horror gem by the great John Carpenter. So many great scenes and the score is one of Carpenter's best. Delivers relentless unpretentious thrills from beginning to end.
The Fog Quotes
|Kathy Williams:||Sandy, you're the only person I know who can make "Yes, Ma'am" sound like "screw you".|
|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."|
|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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