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The Fog (1980) Review

by Yo Adrian on November 22nd, 2019 | | , , , , ,

The Fog was directed by John Carpenter (who also directed The Ward and Ghosts of Mars) and stars Adrienne Barbeau (from Killer, Big Legend), Jamie Lee Curtis (from Halloween, Virus) and Janet Leigh (from Night of the Lepus, Psycho) . It’s about a supernatural fog that rolls into a small coastal town, carrying with it vengeful spirits out to settle an old score.

Lock your doors. Bolt your windows. There’s something in THE FOG!

The Fog Review

The Fog takes place in a small town called Antonio Bay, which is actually just down the coast from Bodega Bay where The Birds was set. It’s a typical setting for a horror movie, small town having to band together to fight off some mysterious force. But this is also a John Carpenter film, so its execution anything but typical. The atmosphere of this movie is what makes it special (which is fitting considering the atmosphere is essentially the villain).

The Fog is very atmospheric, very moody, very patient. It’s considered a slow burn by many, but I personally don’t think it’s slow as much as it’s patient. Carpenter really takes the necessary time to pull you into this town’s history, the characters and into every encounter with the ghosts. But he does it in a way that feels natural, there’s no pacing issues or dull moments.

One of the central characters is a late night radio DJ stationed in the town lighthouse, her sultry style sets and maintains the tone throughout. She effectively lulls you into a sense of calm early on and later is instrumental in creating fear and panic when the fog intensifies.

This is easily one of my favorite John Carpenter movies and one of my top 25 favorite horrors overall. Every character fits, the story works, the practical effects are awesome and the score is powerful. It might not be the scariest movie out there, but the entertainment value for fans of 80’s horror is through the roof.

Worth Watching?

Definitely. It’s classic Carpenter and a fun old school horror all around.


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