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The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Adrienne Barbeau

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Classic, 24 April 2005
I enjoy this film. Being one of John Carpenter's, the music is fantastic and the tense bits are...tense. The actors were well-chosen - Adrienne Barbeau is excellent as the panicky radio hostess trying to save the town, and Jamie Lee Curtis, who was in Halloween a couple of years before, delivers her usual high standard.

The blooper reel on the extras dvd is particularly amusing.
However, I have only rated this 3 out of 5 because of the glaringly obvious flaws in the film - for instance, the fact that Stevie (Barbeau) is able to see whereabouts the fog is in the town, on which streets, despite the fact it being the dead of night AND none of the streetlamps are on. Also, the climax is rather cheesy, in comparison to how excellently Carpenter manages to insinuate terror in earlier parts of the film. Another thing which annoys me is the now clichéd "hidden journal" scenario. But one must also realise there was probably no other way of doing that as it provides vital exposition. Finally, having two separate heroines in separate climaxes occuring at the same time does not work very well.
There's the grumble over. Seriously, this horror film is good, because as I have already said the way the tension builds as the fog comes spiralling out of the darkness towards the camera, accompanied by Carpenter's building, pounding music is just brilliant. If you enjoy films about screaming, running and shadows, then get this one!


Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition) [DVD]
Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Donald Pleasence
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 9.99

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undisputedly one of the greatest scary films of all time, 16 April 2005
John Carpenter's Halloween was filmed over a period of just 3 weeks with a budget of just $300,000. A lot of compromises had to be made. The mask, for example, is a William Shatner one - all they did was spray paint it and widen the eyeholes, and to fantastic effect!
John Carpenter is such an excellent director. The first time I watched this movie I was about 12, and it is my favourit horror film. I'm 17 now and no matter how often I watch it still chills me!
Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis give outstanding performances in the film that started the "slasher" movie genre. Also PJ Soles and Nancy Loomis are very good as Laurie's naughty but unfortunate best friends.
It goes without saying that John Carpenter's musical score for the film is very catchy/nerve-shredding, in particular the deep piano "heartbeat" chords that start when The Chase begins.
Overall just the mere concept of an unrelenting force of evil, in the shape of a person who refuses to die, makes this film so creepy and a definite MUST for all horror fans. It hooks you!
It spawned seven sequels, and a ninth is in production I believe, but none of the sequels aspired to or ever will aspire to the same terrifying level as the original. I promise you that you simply must have this film!
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The Fog [VHS]
The Fog [VHS]
VHS
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: 14.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCAAAAAARY!!!!!!!, 28 Jun 2003
This review is from: The Fog [VHS] (VHS Tape)
John Carpenter's "The Fog" really is a classic. John Carpenter directed it after he did Halloween, and it is yet another terrifying masterpiece. The Fog is a chilling tail about six sailors who drowned in a shipwreck and return to avenge their deaths by murdering six people one hundred years later, in Antonio Bay, California. But they only come at night when they are in the presence of an unearthly glowing fog that drifts in across the sea. The fog sweeps through the town and the night is alive with the screams of its terrified victims.
This film really is one of the scariest made and if you enjoy cowering behind a cushion, you should buy John Carpenter's "The Fog" now.


Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (PC)
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (PC)
Offered by UKGameSource
Price: 24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lara = Cool, 23 April 2003
I think TR4 is really good. The graphics are a lot better and it is a lot more advanced. It's a great game about a young woman (Lara Croft) who travels to Egypt in order to save the world from the Apocalypse and she has to face an evil god! It's so cool.


Halloween 5 - The Revenge Of Michael Myers [VHS]
Halloween 5 - The Revenge Of Michael Myers [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning!, 17 April 2003
I am a true fan of Halloween. And as a true fan, I can see good things and bad things. I loved parts 1,2 and 4, but H5 is ridiculous. The story has not really been moved on to the next level in this one - OK, so Jamie Lloyd has been taken to a children's clinic, and her step-sister dies, but they could have (and I think they have done already) summed that up in the narrative at the beginning of H6. There was no need for H5 in my opinion, because nothing new really happens.
Also, Michael Myers looks completely different - it was as if the actor who played him had just stuck his head into a bucket of papier mache.
The real spark of terror and suspense that was there in the brilliant original has died and gone out in H5. You know what's coming, and Myers isn't scary in this one any more. I would strongly advise you not to bother watching this one.
I did enjoy H1, H2, H4, H20 and Resurrection, though.


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