100 years ago at Antonio Bay, California, a ship was wrecked due to a false beaconlight, enveloped by a sinister fog. The ship's occupants return to punish the descendants of those responsible for their deaths - their arrival heralded by the fog inexorably rolling into Antonio Bay once again.
Made in 1979 The Fog has never enjoyed the same favourable attention as its illustrious forerunner Halloween. The cast Adrienne Barbeau, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook and B movie legend Tom Atkins really give this film its legs with good believable performances. There is also the additional treat of a John Houseman cameo at the start, which sets the scene for the yarn. The revenge story about a group of lepers betrayed by the residents Antonio Bay and tricked out of their fortune is a juicey one. The locations and the pre CGI fog effects are vivid and realistic. The music by John Carpenter gives the proceedings a suitable sense of forboding as the little island is shrouded in the ghostly fog. I really like this film as it has many scenes that will make you jump and its a great one to watch on a cold winters night. The disc has an excellent Makin Of Featurette that fills in any questions us viewers may have. Its hard to believe its thirty years old now. So if you like creepy ghost stories without to much gore then you should give this a look. Its a million times better than the recent ghastly remake inexplicably made by John Carpenter a few years ago.
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This was the first horror film I ever saw and continues to be one of my favourites. Living on the coast, I had always found the fog to be slighty eerie, and this film just confirmed what I had always known- there's something in the fog! The re-make loses most of the atmosphere that makes this a classic, so I hope that people reading this are ready for a real scare. The opening scene, with the old man telling the story to a group of children around a campfire, is one example of how the original is superior to the remake.The way the film is shot and how the music rests just on the edge of your subconcious is a masterpiece in editing, the acting is just cheesy enough to remind you that this is from the 70's without being ridiculous, and the vague shapes in the mist will stay in your mind for a long time. Even now, I hesitate when leaving the house when it is foggy. An amazing film, that taught me the meaning of fear.
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We all know how good The Fog is, so skipping over the movie, let's get down to the quality of the Blu ray disc:
First off, the picture isn't a vast improvement over the DVD but it has its moments. The coastal scenes are bright enough and the night-time views of the ocean have a depth to them the DVD did not. But generally the picture is still quite soft and at times there is blurring. The dark scenes work reasonably well, but the format serves to show the limitations of the photography and film stock. Not something to show off your Blu-ray but I've seen worse. Picture: 3/5
The audio is a big improvement over the DVD. The DTS sound space is filled and the mix is impeccable for an old-ish movie. The music is handled well and the oppressive pounding of the score augments the movie perfectly. Only the voice mix seems to be a little one dimensional, but that's due to the sound mix of the time. Audio: 4/5
The extras are beyond terrible. The fact the standard 2 disc DVD has an outstanding commentary, trailers, docs etc and the Blu-ray has naff all, is inexcusable. Optimum have once again sold UK customers short and should be shot. Or worse, they should lose the rights to distribute these movies on Blu-ray. Extras: 0/5
(Reviewed on: Samsung LCD 40" Series 6 100mhz, 1080p Sony BDP350 Sony STDR-850 5.1 surround sound amp)
The Fog. Directed by John Carpenter. Produced by Debra Hill. Written byJohn Carpenter, Debra Hill. Starring Adrienne Barbeau Jamie Lee Curtis Tom Atkins John Houseman Janet Leigh Hal Holbrook. Music by John Carpenter. Release date. February 8, 1980. Running time 89 minutes. Region 2. Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1. Budget $1 million. Box office $21,378,000 (domestic).
Trivia. 1)Bennett, Father Malone's assistant at the beginning of the film, was played by John Carpenter but was uncredited. 2)Tom Atkins' character mentions Bodega Bay. That is the scene of another horror movie, The Birds (1963). When Tippi Hedren's character pulls into town, all hell starts to happen. In this movie, when Jamie Lee Curtis' character pulls into town, all hell starts to break loose. 3)The role of Father Malone was originally offered to Christopher Lee who believed the character to be the 'father of the community'. However Lee proved unavailable and Hal Holbrook was eventually cast. 4)Blake, the lead ghost, was played by makeup special make up effects artist Rob Bottin. 5)Director John Carpenter shot this movie in just 30 days. 6)Adrienne Barbeau's first theatrical feature. 7)Kurt Russell was offered a role. 8)John Carpenter wrote the part of DJ Stevie specifically for his then wife Adrienne Barbeau. 9)Extensive re-shoots were done after the first screening when director and studio executives decided that the movie wasn't scary enough. Additional scenes shot include close-ups of death scenes (specifically stab wounds), the scene with Jamie Lee Curtis and the walking corpse in the morgue, and the finale with Adrienne Barbeau on top of the lighthouse.Read more ›