THE FOG (1980)
Directed by: John Carpenter
Produced by: Debra Hill
Written by: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis
Tom Atkins, John Houseman, Janet Leigh,
Released: February 1, 1980
I had originally seen this film when I was in my pre-teens and I remember not thinking much of it. I watched it again years later, and fairly recently, and I couldn’t believe how wrong I was about The Fog. It’s a really good flick.
Set in a coastal marine town, The Fog is actually a rather interesting hybrid of classic ghouls and ghosts stories and tales of urban legends and local lore. Hot off of his preceding successes Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and Halloween (1978), director John Carpenter was just starting to hit his stride when he shot ‘Fog; and he brought his lucky rabbit’s foot from his last film to star in this film — the incomparable Jamie Lee Curtis! The movie also starred other fellow horror icons in Tom Atkins and Janet Leigh, as well as venerable screen stars Adrienne Barbeau and Hal Holbrook.
The Fog tells the story of a strange, glowing bog that sweeps in over a small coastal town of Antonio Bay, California. Lurking within the cloudy darkness are the ghosts of scorned mariners who were killed in a shipwreck there exactly 100 years earlier. An old journal is found in a church where the last passage is 100 years prior to the night. It reveals that, in 1880, six of the founders of Antonio Bay sabotaged and sank a clipper ship named the Elizabeth Dane. The ship was owned by a man with Leprosy named Blake, a wealthy man who sought to develop a colony near Antonio Bay. On the evening of the last passage, a terrifically foggy night, the six conspirators staged a fire on the beach beside hidden rocks. Deceived by the false beacon, the ship crashed into the rocks and sank – killing all aboard. The conspirators were motivated by both greed and plundered the vast riches that Blake and crew had aboard the ship. One hundred years later, the crew of the Elizabeth Dane lead by Blake, have risen in with the fog to seek their brutal vengeance.
All-in-all not too bad a picture. There’s good frights, nice screams, decent FX and solid performances by the principle cast.