I can't believe after all these years of writing this blog I've never actually written anything about John Carpenter's The Fog. It's one of my favorite 80's films, with atmosphere galore, nasty deaths, and Adrienne Barbeau, people!
|(If you stare at this picture long enough, the ocean will appear to move...)|
Meanwhile, resident Nick Castle (Tom Atkins) picks up a hitchhiker, Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis) and heads for town for some late night fun. They are shocked when driving into town, the windows in the car suddenly all shatter. All across town, weird things begin to happen. Electronics go haywire. Pay phones all ring at the same time. Windows fracture and break out.
As the town's special evening draws near, Father Malone corners the event coordinator Kathy Williams (Janet Leigh) and explains to her that they can't possibly continue with their plans, as they are celebrating the origins of a town founded on the murders of the doomed sailors. He shows her the journal and tells her that the crew of the Elizabeth Dane intends to come back and seek vengeance for their murders.
Nowhere near as effective as Carpenter's Halloween (1978), it still branded him as a leading talent in the horror genre, a title he would keep for years to come. The Fog feels basic at best, but if there is a better tale of vengeful ghostly sailors out for blood, I need someone to let me know right away, because as much as I enjoy this take on it, I'd be sure to love anything else that seemingly betters it. My favorite place in the world to vacation is the ocean, and I love horror movies with my entire heart, so the combination of the two makes me a very happy camper.
[Oh, and FORGET the 2005 remake, it's a lousy shell of the original, even though Carpenter and his producing partner, the late Debra Hill, had a hand in it. Stick to the authentic Fog, and let it roll in and wrap you in its blanket of creepy goodness.]