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The Fog
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The Fog (2005)

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"Exactly one hundred years ago, off the rocky shore of an isolated Northern California town, a ship of lepers was horribly wrecked in an eerie fog when the founders of the town purposefully misguided the ship, dooming everyone aboard. Now, tonight, the ghosts of the long-dead mariners have returned from their watery graves to exact revenge. Shrouded within a supernatural fog, the ghosts trap the residents of the remote community, intent on seeking out the descendents of those who founded the town...and killing anyone who stands in their murderous path."


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Review Date: 03 December 2007 My Rating: out of 5

 

The populus of seaside Antonio Bay is besieged seemingly by the title meteorological occurrence with an apparent axe to grind, whilst everyone is busy celebrating their forefathers. Tom Welling and Maggie Grace are the recently reunited young lovers, Selma Blair is local DJ (and certified MILF) Stevie Wayne, De Ray Davis is the token Wassup Dude, Rade Sherbedgia a mystery man, Adrian Hough a secretive and disillusioned priest, and Kenneth Welsh the resident a-hole town Mayor.

This 2005 Rupert Wainwright (“Blank Check”, the overstylised “Stigmata”) remake of the popular John Carpenter film is much like the original; visually wondrous and atmospheric, but featuring flat performances (Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Atkins back then, Tom Welling and Maggie Grace now), boring characters, and a rather uninteresting story. This one has the added problem of changing the ending (just about the only thing they do change in an otherwise commendably faithful remake), and changing it very much for the worse…it makes no damn sense.

Blair ain’t no Adrienne Barbeau, but playing the film’s only interesting character, she still walks off with it, just as Barbeau did in 1980. They certainly get the fog itself right here, looking fabulous throughout, maybe even moreso than in the original. Not as bad as you’ve heard, and since the original had its flaws, I think the idea of a remake was certainly a valid one. Screenplay by Cooper Layne (“The Core”) needed a new set of characters, the standard African-American best pal and pretty young couple just don’t cut it (though Grace’s character had it tough to begin with considering I spent the entire first season of “Lost” screaming ‘Die, Die you insufferably whiny, selfish cow!’ I just hated her character and don’t much recognise her acting talents, either). Mind you, Carpenter himself and his late colleague Debra Hill (who died shortly after) also had a hand in the script, so at least they invited the Master to the table. Wonderfully shot by Nathan Hope (TV’s “CSI”).

OVERALL SUMMARY
All up, it’s worse than the original, but not much worse, and still watchable if you have nothing better to do. Hey, at least the fog itself still looks pretty!



Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 01 March 2006 My Rating: out of 5

Thankfully, my expectations weren't high when I went in to this unnecessary remake.

First of all, one of the greatest things about the original was the casting. Every single actor was a recognizable, familiar and well liked genre actor. In the remake, you will know only three people, bland Maggie Grace, himbo Tom Welling and Selma Blair, who is relegated to almost special appearance status, despite being the best thing in the movie.

There is no tension, there isn't much of a build up and there is mild suspense for a nanosecond as Rupert Wainwright and his co-conspirators take the stand out set pieces from the original and manage to ruin each of them in quick succession.

When I first read that Stevie Wayne was going to make it out of the lighthouse and be more involved in the thick of things, I didn't realize that meant she would have one scene then pop out of nowhere in time for the dull finale.

Way too much CGI, poor characterization, an awful story and some over the top attempts at subtlety make a film full of plot holes big enough to have caused the Elizabeth Dane to sink.

The ghosts, fog, performances, visuals and musical stingers are all over the top and even the deaths are ruined by being completely unbelievable stuntman on a harness CGI overload type affairs.

It does look good when there's no CGI fog in the frame and Selma Blair adds humour and good taste in music but that's all this has to offer.

Obviously created for 13 year olds The Fog spells every little plot nuance out in B-I-G letters apart from its muddled conclusion (a conclusion that is alluded to by the halfway point) which managed to lose its target audience.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Overlong, uninteresting, totally pointless and a sad day for many a horror fan, The Fog really is second only to Gus Van Sant's Psycho in the awful horror remake category.




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