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When the fog rolls in... the terror begins! This moody horror classic from master of terror John Carpenter (The Thing) and producer Debra Hill (Escape from New York) stars Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Tom Atkins (Halloween III: Season of the Witch), Hal Holbrook (Creepshow) and Janet Leigh (Psycho). Dont get lost in the fog...
The sleepy seaside village of Antonio Bay is about to learn the true meaning of the word vengeance. For this seemingly perfect town masks a guilty secret... a past steeped in greed and murder. Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long dead mariners have returned from their water grave to exact a bloody revenge.
Scream Factory continues its impressive track record of presenting classic '70s and '80s horror titles in deluxe Blu-ray packages with this release of John Carpenter's The Fog. The extras here are a mix of features ported over from earlier home video presentations (the 1995 laserdisc and the 2002 Special Edition DVD from MGM) and new material produced specifically for the Blu-ray disc. Chief among the latter is an engaging interview with star Jamie Lee Curtis, who discusses her work on the film and other horror titles like Terror Train (1980) and (of course) Carpenter's Halloween. Curtis is remarkably frank about The Fog, which she describes as "not her cup of tea," as well as the peaks and valleys of her early career, and details her personal relationship with Carpenter and especially the late producer Debra Hill, as well as the impact that their post-Halloween breakup had on her and the making of The Fog. An additional wealth of production anecdotes can be found on a new commentary track featuring stars Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins with production designer and frequent Carpenter collaborator Tommy Lee Wallace, who offer warm and frequently funny observations on the picture; it's a lighthearted counterpart to the no-nonsense commentary by Carpenter and Hill (culled from the laserdisc), which balances technical observations with a straightforward and detailed account of the film's production troubles and their struggles with the studio. Cinematographer Dean Cundey also addresses the difficulties in working under a limited budget in an 18-minute interview that also touches on his other projects with Carpenter, including Halloween and The Thing. All three filmmakers are also front and center on a 28-minute making-of featurette, Tales from the Mist (taken from the MGM DVD), which includes interviews with Barbeau and costar Janet Leigh, who are also featured in the 1980 Universal promotional video Fear on Film: Inside The Fog along with an animated Curtis. There's also an episode of Sean Clark's humorous documentary series Horror's Hallowed Grounds, which visits the film's Northern California coastal locations, as well as a storyboard-to-film comparison of the deadly encounter between the ghost crew of the Elizabeth Dane and trawler fishermen John F. Goff and George "Buck" Flower. The disc is rounded out by an array of theatrical trailers, TV spots, an outtake reel, additional storyboards, and promotional photos, as well as an easy-to-find Easter Egg that offers an intro (with appropriately sinister voice-over by the great Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson) for an early '80s TV broadcast of The Fog on the ABC Sunday Night Movie. --Paul Gaita
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For those of you who haven't seen it but are fans of horror I highly recommend it as it fits in that period of time John Carpenter was in top form: Halloween, The Thing, Christine, etc.
THE STORY: The quiet, Californian coastal town of Antonio Bay is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Lots of city bigwigs and important officials will be attending, along with some uninvited guests in the form of a cursed ghost ship full of vengeful spirits! Something horrible happened a century ago and the dead have returned to collect on some long-unpaid debts. A local radio DJ & her young son become involved in the ghostly goings-on. Who will the poltergeist pirates claim as their victims?
THOUGHTS: Simple, old-fashioned spook story gets a huge shot in the arm with this fan favorite film from legendary horror meister John Carpenter. Some like myself feel that the explicit killings could have been left on the cutting room floor without affecting the sense of dread and terror. Thankfully the gore isn't TOO gross or violent, especially compared to the stomach-churning torture porn garbage splashed across cinemas screens in recent years. The spectral violence unleashed in this, the original (and infinitely superior) version of THE FOG is almost quaint by comparison. Several of Carpenter's regular acting troop make an appearance here, (Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers, Darwin Joston and Jamie Lee Curtis), along with some help from genre vets like Janet (PSYCHO) Leigh and Hal (CREEPSHOW) Holbrook. Of special note is the terrific performance by John Houseman, in a one-scene role at the opening of the film, playing a grizzled old sailor who tells a creepy (and rather prophetic) campfire ghost story to a group of frightened young school kids. Like Houseman, some of Holbrook's best work in this film is simply him telling a tragic and decidedly hair-raising story (read aloud from an old diary). Adrienne Barbeau is very strong here as Stevie Wayne, the single mom DJ who broadcasts her warnings about the frightful fog & grisly ghouls from a picturesque lighthouse on a craggy, isolated coast of Antonio Bay.
THE BLU-RAY: Enthusiasts of THE FOG should stand up and dance a joyful jig because this Blu-ray from Shout!Factory is simply gorgeous-looking. The lush landscapes and hauntingly beautiful windswept coastal scenery has never looked better. Everything is razor-sharp and the whole film looks like its was completely restored, although I don't think that was the case. Just a case of an excellent hi-def transfer. The picture on this Blu-ray is jaw-dropping in comparison to my older DVD edition of the film. The sound is also strong & clear with a well-balanced soundmix too; you won't have to dial the volume up & down to keep your eardrums from being blown out whenever the film switches from quieter, dialogue-heavy scenes to the musical stingers (and screams) used to great effect whenever the ghosts show up. A bunch of nice bonus features just adds to the fun for fans & film enthusiasts. This hi-def upgrade comes highly recommended and is worthy of a double dip if you already own this on VHS or standard-def DVD. Lock the doors, turn out the lights & enjoy!
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Jamie Leigh Curtis and her mom (Janet Leigh) are eye candy from 2 generations.