Mary Poppins Returns
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Ultimately, it's a John Carpenter movie: concerned with group dynamics, unhelpful authority figures, strong women, the sins of the past, and that moment when helpless isolation shades into outright terror.
Carpenter scared the wits out of audiences from coast to coast with Halloween. That was a treat. But The Fog is merely a series of bewitching tricks assembled by a film-school craftsman who believed that he could frighten people with slick gimmickry.
"The Fog" is more spooky yarn than streamlined scream machine; it's the sort of crowd pleaser best enjoyed with an audience.
The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.
The Fog is an...atmospheric chiller, in which a luminous fog rolls into a Californian seaside town, bringing the ghosts of vengeful sailors, killed in a shipwreck a century before.
Let's just hope that your theater and your town don't have any dark secrets that may be carried in along with The Fog.
The Fog is a wonderfully atmospheric and creepily ominous supernatural horror which gradually builds up a palpable air of tension and terror
The rich color cinematography by Dean Cundey gleams with shadow-drenched goodness in its new digital life, heightening the crisp confidence of Carpenter's Val Lewton-like atmosphere.
It's one of the director's most atmospheric, the shots of a wave-lashed cove and fog-choked headland making the town's impending reckoning almost poetic.
The Fog is pivotal to the cementing of Carpenter's aesthetic.
With The Fog, John Carpenter continued to see his reputation rise as one of the very best in the game, and it's a movie that certainly adds plenty to Carpenter's famed moniker as the Horror Master.
After taking a break from horror to make Elvis in 1979, John Carpenter returned to the genre with The Fog, an atmospheric ghost story set in the fictional Californian town of Antonio Bay.
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.
A simple but effective 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 doors before entering can be really scary (apart from hilarious).
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