Runtime: 1h 29m
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh
“Listen, I’ve never hitchhiked before. I just really wanna be careful. Can I ask you something?”
“Are you weird?”
“Yes, I am. Yes, I am weird.”
Initial: I had originally slated Final Girl (2015) for “F,” but after Eden Lake, I really wanted something a little more supernatural horror instead of a high-concept 2010s meta-slasher. I figured I’d give my streaming services a quick peruse. First movie on the front page of Shudder under the “Recently Added” scroll was The Fog. It was meant to be.
Production Notes: This was Carpenters next film after Halloween. Both Halloween and The Fog were written and produced with Debra Hill and star Jamie Lee Curtis, though Curtis’s roll is much smaller in the latter.
What Did I Think:
This is a rewatch for me, but my first time with The Fog was far enough in the past that I didn’t remember much about it other than Adrienne Barbeau spending most of the movie alone in a lighthouse/radio station. I like that there is a classic ghost story aspect to this movie. Revenge is being taken on a town because of the actions of its founding fathers. That’s good stuff right there. Add a ghost ship and undead sailors and how can you go wrong? Apparently, you can. The Fog was remade in 2005 to terrible reviews. I haven’t seen it.
By no means is this a perfect film. The effects…aren’t great, but Carpenter wisely makes use of the movie’s titular element. There are questions that aren’t answered, like “what happened to all the people who were gathered outdoors for a celebration when the fog rolled in?” We don’t have time to care because our attention has been diverted by what’s happening with our main set of characters only. But the movie mostly works, and Adrienne Barbeau stuck alone in the lighthouse/radio station—and knowing she has to stay there to be an information source while her son is in danger—really is one of the more compelling aspects of the film.