The Fog Reviews

  • Jan 16, 2023

    Zu seinen 75. Geburtstag von John Howard Carpenter habe ich den Klassiker „The Fog - Nebel des Grauens" ausgesucht und nach längerer Zeit wieder genossen… . The Fog - Nebel des Grauens, ist ein Horrorfilm von John Carpenter (Drehbuch, Regie und Musik) aus dem Jahr 1980… . In „The Fog" gelingt es John Carpenter mit wenige Spezialeffekte einen sehr gespenstischen und furchteinflößenden Geisterfilm zu schaffen. „The Fog" entwickelt sich zu einem effektvoll inszenierten Horrorfilm mit eindringlicher Musik… .

    Zu seinen 75. Geburtstag von John Howard Carpenter habe ich den Klassiker „The Fog - Nebel des Grauens" ausgesucht und nach längerer Zeit wieder genossen… . The Fog - Nebel des Grauens, ist ein Horrorfilm von John Carpenter (Drehbuch, Regie und Musik) aus dem Jahr 1980… . In „The Fog" gelingt es John Carpenter mit wenige Spezialeffekte einen sehr gespenstischen und furchteinflößenden Geisterfilm zu schaffen. „The Fog" entwickelt sich zu einem effektvoll inszenierten Horrorfilm mit eindringlicher Musik… .

  • Dec 07, 2022

    It scared me to death in 1980 when I first saw the film at the cinema; it seems tame these days compared to other films in the modern-day horror genre. Delightful film and one I've watched several times over the years.

    It scared me to death in 1980 when I first saw the film at the cinema; it seems tame these days compared to other films in the modern-day horror genre. Delightful film and one I've watched several times over the years.

  • Dec 05, 2022

    A Old Fashioned Horror Classic. This is a film that relies on atmosphere, mystery and a couple well done jump scares rather than gore and shock value. The acting is very good overall with Tom Atkins & Jamie Lee Curtis having great chemistry and a great supporting cast that are all likeable. While they don't have a lot of depth and are one dimensional they are still likeable and well acted. The highlights of this film though and what really makes it work are the phenomenal Cinematography and Musical Score that keep things creepy and tense the whole way. Unsettling images, great use of shadows and very well framed low budget looking shots. this easily could've also been shot in black and white because of how strong the atmosphere is. The editing is solid with the only major complaint is in the middle of the film everything is done solid but it starts to lose focus and can be hard to piece together for 30 minutes but it brings everything back well. The pacing is very well done being a very quick film and never overstays its welcome though it can feel a little anticlimactic at the end. But the chills throughout the whole film are so strong and consistent that it is forgivable. This is not a gore fest at all with very little blood actually and hardly any meaningful kills. There also isn't a lot of explanation but like any ghost story when its told well you can suspend your disbelief. Definitely give this a watch if your a fan of old fashioned Horror movies that don't rely on gore or shock value or a fan of any of the actors in this.

    A Old Fashioned Horror Classic. This is a film that relies on atmosphere, mystery and a couple well done jump scares rather than gore and shock value. The acting is very good overall with Tom Atkins & Jamie Lee Curtis having great chemistry and a great supporting cast that are all likeable. While they don't have a lot of depth and are one dimensional they are still likeable and well acted. The highlights of this film though and what really makes it work are the phenomenal Cinematography and Musical Score that keep things creepy and tense the whole way. Unsettling images, great use of shadows and very well framed low budget looking shots. this easily could've also been shot in black and white because of how strong the atmosphere is. The editing is solid with the only major complaint is in the middle of the film everything is done solid but it starts to lose focus and can be hard to piece together for 30 minutes but it brings everything back well. The pacing is very well done being a very quick film and never overstays its welcome though it can feel a little anticlimactic at the end. But the chills throughout the whole film are so strong and consistent that it is forgivable. This is not a gore fest at all with very little blood actually and hardly any meaningful kills. There also isn't a lot of explanation but like any ghost story when its told well you can suspend your disbelief. Definitely give this a watch if your a fan of old fashioned Horror movies that don't rely on gore or shock value or a fan of any of the actors in this.

  • Nov 26, 2022

    An unfairly overlooked movie, sandwiched as it is between two masterworks, Carpenter's Halloween and The Thing, which are, I grant you, much better movies. But that doesn't make The Fog bad. An old fashioned revenge/ghost story about a leper colony coming back to the New England town that killed them; a hundred years later; the fog is uneven in spots. But it has many effective and terrifying scenes; and the ending is particularly strong. The end, when the supernatural mist surrounds and engulfs the heroes is beautifully filmed and scored and is quite terrifying; the ending is as good as the other movies mentioned here. So not a masterwork, but a good movie nonetheless.

    An unfairly overlooked movie, sandwiched as it is between two masterworks, Carpenter's Halloween and The Thing, which are, I grant you, much better movies. But that doesn't make The Fog bad. An old fashioned revenge/ghost story about a leper colony coming back to the New England town that killed them; a hundred years later; the fog is uneven in spots. But it has many effective and terrifying scenes; and the ending is particularly strong. The end, when the supernatural mist surrounds and engulfs the heroes is beautifully filmed and scored and is quite terrifying; the ending is as good as the other movies mentioned here. So not a masterwork, but a good movie nonetheless.

  • Oct 24, 2022

    To me, this movie actually gets better with multiple viewings. One of John Carpenter's more underrated offerings. Adrienne Barbeau turns in a strong performance, and Jamie Lee Curtis takes some time off from being pursued by Michael Myers to be stalked by ghost pirates instead. Creates a cool, ghostly atmosphere, which begins with actor John Houseman telling a ghost story to a group of children on a beach. Janet Leigh of The Birds also stars in this one. Great final scene with the ghost pirates in a church, red eyes aglow.

    To me, this movie actually gets better with multiple viewings. One of John Carpenter's more underrated offerings. Adrienne Barbeau turns in a strong performance, and Jamie Lee Curtis takes some time off from being pursued by Michael Myers to be stalked by ghost pirates instead. Creates a cool, ghostly atmosphere, which begins with actor John Houseman telling a ghost story to a group of children on a beach. Janet Leigh of The Birds also stars in this one. Great final scene with the ghost pirates in a church, red eyes aglow.

  • Antonio O
    Oct 16, 2022

    A true classic that relies on a good story and score rather than CGI and gratuitous gore.

    A true classic that relies on a good story and score rather than CGI and gratuitous gore.

  • Oct 14, 2022

    A classic old fashion family feel scare movie. Perfect movie any cold night, and/or Halloween movie party. Only peeve, is mother of a child (Adrian Barbeau) not going home to get her son in danger. Poor excuse given for when every mother was screaming at the TV when the scene was on. Hey...you can only believe so much...:o)

    A classic old fashion family feel scare movie. Perfect movie any cold night, and/or Halloween movie party. Only peeve, is mother of a child (Adrian Barbeau) not going home to get her son in danger. Poor excuse given for when every mother was screaming at the TV when the scene was on. Hey...you can only believe so much...:o)

  • Oct 13, 2022

    Unaware that a 100-year-old curse is about to be unleashed in the form of luminescent fog and ghostly, murderous seamen, local townsfolk prepare to celebrate the town's anniversary. Predictably, mayhem ensues. John Carpenter's The Fog is a decent horror movie, more concerned with chills than thrills. It effectively establishes an eerie atmosphere (you can't really go too far wrong when fog is involved) from the start, primarily thanks to some eerie music, creative lighting, and the effective use of dry ice. Things deteriorate a bit over the second half of the film as logic seems to be swept away by the elements – among other things, nobody thinks to ask ‘who's there?' when there is a pounding on the door in the middle of the night. While it's not Carpenter's best work, it's certainly respectable.

    Unaware that a 100-year-old curse is about to be unleashed in the form of luminescent fog and ghostly, murderous seamen, local townsfolk prepare to celebrate the town's anniversary. Predictably, mayhem ensues. John Carpenter's The Fog is a decent horror movie, more concerned with chills than thrills. It effectively establishes an eerie atmosphere (you can't really go too far wrong when fog is involved) from the start, primarily thanks to some eerie music, creative lighting, and the effective use of dry ice. Things deteriorate a bit over the second half of the film as logic seems to be swept away by the elements – among other things, nobody thinks to ask ‘who's there?' when there is a pounding on the door in the middle of the night. While it's not Carpenter's best work, it's certainly respectable.

  • Sep 18, 2022

    "It's up to us to keep their kind of spirit alive." Hey how about no because their spirits are stabbing people. SpoOOoky water vapor. It almost feels like cheating to call this 1980 John Carpenter horror 'atmospheric', because the threat is literally environmental. While the film is absolutely not on the level of Carpenter's near-perfect horror classics like Halloween and The Thing, The Fog is still very well put together as a conventional supernatural horror, developing its straightforward antagonists piecemeal and introducing them methodically into Smalltown, USA. It's got that tried-and-true investigative design, as our protagonists (and the audience by proxy) must discover more about the nature of the monsters plaguing their quiet town before they become the next victims. It's got that classic ominous feel thanks in part to a threat that is shrouded in a thick cloud for much of the runtime, but at times falls short of the intensity that you might expect from Carpenter; a lot of the times people run into the spooky ghost mariners they just politely knock on the door. Nice blend of classic movie monster design with some of the slasher elements in vogue at the time. Mid-tier Carpenter is still better than a lot of other horror directors at their finest hour. (3/5)

    "It's up to us to keep their kind of spirit alive." Hey how about no because their spirits are stabbing people. SpoOOoky water vapor. It almost feels like cheating to call this 1980 John Carpenter horror 'atmospheric', because the threat is literally environmental. While the film is absolutely not on the level of Carpenter's near-perfect horror classics like Halloween and The Thing, The Fog is still very well put together as a conventional supernatural horror, developing its straightforward antagonists piecemeal and introducing them methodically into Smalltown, USA. It's got that tried-and-true investigative design, as our protagonists (and the audience by proxy) must discover more about the nature of the monsters plaguing their quiet town before they become the next victims. It's got that classic ominous feel thanks in part to a threat that is shrouded in a thick cloud for much of the runtime, but at times falls short of the intensity that you might expect from Carpenter; a lot of the times people run into the spooky ghost mariners they just politely knock on the door. Nice blend of classic movie monster design with some of the slasher elements in vogue at the time. Mid-tier Carpenter is still better than a lot of other horror directors at their finest hour. (3/5)

  • Aug 14, 2022

    Good intense horror starring a young Jamie lee curtis..worth a watch

    Good intense horror starring a young Jamie lee curtis..worth a watch