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The FOG brings with it the souls of the dammed. Fog is nothing new to the quaint seaside village of Antonio Bay. But on the night of its 100th anniversary, a fogbank rolls in unlike any other. Eerie lights, dark figures, and the masts of an ancient schooner appear in the swirling mists, and soon the specters of long-murdered sailors descend upon the town. Using knife, hook and sword, they exact revenge for sins committed by the town's founding fathers, leaving horrified survivors struggling to solve a hundred-year crime. And they must solve it - or die. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Houseman, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook. John Carpenter's THE FOG is classic horror at its terrifying best.
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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!