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smoke gathers no moss, but it does break some glass.
The Fog is a remake of the 1980 John Carpenter vehicle
of the same name; Iíve never seen the original, so I canít speak
to any similarities or dissimilarities, but I can say this for
certain: the movie was very foggy. There was fog, and then there
was The Fog. Sometimes I wasnít sure if it was fog or
The Fog I was looking at, but whatever.
The opening is a slightly confusing montage. Thereís a large sailing
ship ablaze and some men in a rowboat alongside it, watching the
shipís inhabitants leap screaming into the ocean like huge flailing
torches. The style of dress (and the fact that thereís a sailing
ship) indicates that this is sometime in the past, perhaps the
late 18th or 19th Century. A burlap sack drops into the water
and sinks to the bottom and some trinkets are shown trickling
out Ė a pocketwatch, a hairbrush, and some weird pacifier/hand
drum/enema kit/nose hair plucker thing; I had no idea what it
Then itís present day, and weíre getting a weather report from
the local radio DJ who operates out of a lighthouse in Antonio
Bay, Oregon. Sheís kind enough to tell us that the coastal town
is having some kind of anniversary celebration and is unveiling
a new Town Square treat Ė the town has recently erected (hee hee)
and dedicated a memorial statue in honor of the four founding
fathers, who built (erected?) the town out of nothing within a
suspiciously short period of time.
This erection (hee hee) and dedication coincides with the arrival
of some very nasty fog that travels against the wind. Itís a thick,
heavy, white mist that moves fast, breaks windows, and throws
knives. And itís always accompanied by a very, very, very loud
knocking sound. And sometimes by a gigantic sailing ship with
silhouettes of people in tophats and cloaks riding along.
The movie was decent, but slow. It had some good scares, and there
was kind of a cool setup of clues, but all of the clues were always
immediately or concurrently followed by explanations of them.
The movie pieced it all together for you. By the middle of the
movie Iíd figured out what had happened although there were also
some questions left unanswered by the script.
The acting was okay; the little boy was actually sort of cute,
and knew how to use Scotch tape effectively. Thereís also a cool
scene where an alcoholic priest gets glass-sharded to death, and
the ghosts looming in the Fog with glowing eyes looked fairly
kickass Ė scarier than they did up close. But on the whole, the
film was just there. By the time the ghosts started wreaking their
havoc I was kind of over it, and I was never sure who to feel
sorry for. I didnít really care much about any of the characters
except for Nickís uncle, a peripheral character who lost his dogs
(so sad) and his face (so gross) and his son (a doofus anyway).
And at the risk of using sophomoric language, the ending sucked
All in all, Iíd give it 6 out of 10 Dead Angry Lepers. Couldíve
been better; couldíve been worse. At least I wasn't burned
To be honest, I went in not expecting much, as I loved the original.
What I didn't know, was that I was in for a real surprise.
I thought this movie was great, believe it or not.
Sure, some things were changed a little bit here and there, but
all in all, it kept to the original. This, I think, had more of
a back story to it. Also, the ending has changed. I prefer the
original ending, but still, I actually liked this ending as well.
Throughout the movie, it keeps that "eerie" vibe. You
learn a little bit at a time of what really happened.
Yes, I was one of the ones that cringed when I heard about this
remake, thinking how awful it would be. I'll be the first
to admit... I was wrong! Watching as a remake, I still really
enjoyed it immensely. My wife, who hadn't seen the original,
absolutely loved it.
I would definitely recommend this film. Give it a chance. The
effects were done perfectly. They didn't go overboard on
them, but yet, just enough to give you a creepy, eerie feeling.
I give this 9/10
all the flack that remakes have been getting, you have to admit
that some of them have been really good. I personally have enjoyed
more than a couple over the past few years. So in spite of my
initial dread, I decided to give The Fog a chance hoping that
I would really like it... I didn't.
In my opinion, the qualities that made the original such an underrated
classic were good storytelling, and atmosphere. The remake is
lacking in both areas. It's not like the story in the original
was that complex. It was simple but effective. Yet it feels dumbed
down in this version. Watch both movies back-to-back and you'll
see what I'm talking about.
An amped up budget can buy some very nice special effects, and
this movie has plenty, but it can't buy mood or atmosphere.
You can never truly appreciate what valuable commodities mood
and atmosphere are until you watch a movie that doesn't have
them. They do a lot to draw you in. At no point did I feel any
kind of connection to the events happening on the screen or the
characters. Locus Delicti put it best when she said, "the
film was just there."
On the bright side, the special effects were well done. The ghosts
did look creepy while cloaked in darkness. And the flaskback scenes
were an interesting, albeit unnecessary touch. I had one complaint
with the original movie, and that was the random nature of who
the fog chose to pursue/kill. The remake corrected this issue
somewhat, but it did nothing to affect the overall quality of
The Fog wasn't horrible, but it definitely falls into the
disappointment category. I barely give it 4 out of 10 DJs
who were soaking wet in one scene, but miraculously dry in the
Wow, this movie was terrible. Everything seemed made up just so
the movie would flow. Hey, I brought my video camera on a boat.
This will help as evidence if I ever get attacked by some fog.
But wait, a clumsy girl will lose this camera as she accidentally
falls into some water and damn near drowns. Luckily, the place
that she tried to pull herself back up onto land had a fucking
book hidden in it. What the hell?
What was up with the guy with the melting face? Were there more
What kind of vengeful spirits kill dogs? It made me forget any
kind of wrong doing that was put on them in the past and wish
for their quick demise.
I missed this part, but did the pirates come back because of the
timepiece that was stirred up by the anchor, or were they gonna
come back to life anyway to crash the party that weekend? Itís
hard to imagine anything keeping the fog contained for very long.
It was such a devastating force. It looked like there would be
no way to stop them. The terrible ending kinda acknowledged this
Why did the dead guy from the boat get up and attack the girl
at the police station? Zombies? Here? I canít complain I guess.
It just seemed out of place.
The whole "mystery scales hallmark" angle was overdone
too. It was everywhere, yet it wasn't that important. It
was kind of a sidebar and didn't really tell you much. I
particularly liked the girl on the boat. Right before she died,
she drew the scales on the window. Why would she do that? I think
she got thrown through that same window directly afterwards. Was
this little scene ominous inside info for the viewer? How clever.
As soon as I seen the girl in the library doing research and the
old librarian came up, I knew I was in for a "legend has
I felt like I was in an old Nintendo RPG where you had to walk
up to everybody and talk to peripheral characters and they would
give you another clue on how the hell to get through the story.
The preacher fit this bill.
There's really too many more lame things about this movie
for me to attempt to describe them all, as fun as it is. The ending
sucked and I'm not really sure what happened there. The sad
thing is, I don't care.
I remember very little of the original movie, and watching this
doesn't make me want to go revisit it. I am a bit curious
on if it sucked as bad as this or not. Iím thinking it's
not likely, from a mathematical standpoint. I give this 3 out
of 10 web cams that a guy gave a girl just so the girl could see
the guy get killed by fog.
Ė directed by Rupert Wainwright; screenplay by Cooper Layne;
1980 screenplay by John Carpenter
Tom Welling Ö. Nick Castle
Maggie Grace Ö. Elizabeth Williams
Selma Blair Ö. Stevie Wayne
DeRay Davis Ö. Spooner
Cole Heppell Ö. Andy Wayne
Adrian Hough Ö. Father Malone
Alex Bruhanski Ö. Uncle Hank (if my dogs and my face melted
in the same week Iíd cry)