Oct 25, 2005

The Fog (1980)

Forget about the remake, see this one instead. I grew up close to a lakeside port town, so perhaps that's why this movie has a special resonance for me. In any case, if you're looking for Halloween fare, you can't go wrong with this. 100 year-old ghosts come back to wreak vengeance in a small beachside town, as a weird fog drapes over the place. What makes this movie work for me is John Carpenter's mastery of atmosphere and offscreen imagery. This is movie that would have done Val Lewton proud. It is a minor classic of the genre. I can't believe that Carpenter himself produced the remake, and who is to say, perhaps it is worth it's salt, but this remake madness just has to stop somewhere. I hope he doesn't decide to remake DARK STAR into stoner big-budget space movie with Will Ferrell.

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