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The Fog (2005) Review

by Yo Adrian on November 23rd, 2019 | | , , , , ,

The Fog was directed by Rupert Wainwright (who also directed Stigmata) and stars Selma Blair (from Mom and Dad, In Their Skin), Deray Davis (from Meet The Blacks) and Kenneth Welsh (from The VoidSurvival of the Dead). It’s about a small coastal town that screws over a ship full of people who die and later return for revenge.

Their Past Has Come Back To Haunt Them

The Fog Review

The Fog is a reboot of the original John Carpenter flick from back in 1980. The original was atmospheric, eerie and intense. This reboot from 2005 is a generic teen slasher.

There’s only a few types of remakes in the horror world. There’s scene-for-scene reboots like Psycho. There’s complete re-imaginationings like Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street. There’s entirely standalone movies that just attach themselves to a franchise like Child’s Play or Texas Chainsaw. Then there’s the remakes that keep the same story, but change minor plot details and throw in a new cast. The Fog remake is this last kind of remake.

The original Fog was set in California, in Antonio Bay. This one was set in Oregon on Antonio Island. The original had the founding fathers of Antonio Bay lure a ship into the rocks, sinking it. This one had the founding fathers board the ship and burn everyone alive. The original had older characters who were experienced at sea. This one had sexy teens having dance parties with bikini chicks on… an old fishing boat? But every other aspect of the story was kept in tact, which actually made it feel awkward.

This remake of The Fog catches a lot of hate, and I can see why. It’s not that it’s a bad movie, on its own I think it was fine, if you’re in the mood for a generic teen scream. The problem here is the original was nothing like this and the fact that it was converted into a cheap teen horror was disappointing.

This remake even forced in some unnecessary human-ghost love at the end. Very odd.

Worth Watching?

Feel free to skip this one. Trust me, you won’t be missing out on anything.


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