PLOT: A small coastal town gets covered in a dense fog that happens to bring the undead to shore.
Is it lesser Carpenter? Perhaps, but The Fog is still pretty fun. It’s got a great cast, and a cool atmosphere, and most importantly: it’s got Tom Atkins in it. That’s all I need.
100 years ago, the town now called Antonio Bay was built with the stolen gold of a wealthy leper named Blake. It’s complicated. And on the 100th anniversary of the town’s founding, a mysterious glowing fog rolls in, and within its cloud, the walking undead of those who had their gold stolen all those years ago.
I love Carpenter; as well, I can’t discount the work of Debra Hill, either. These two gave us, among many other classics, the original Halloween. That goes a long way in my eyes. I don’t have much to say about this film. It’s fun; much more so than the idea of a killer fog would have you believe. But Carpenter has his fingerprints all over this one and it boasts a cast that features Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, and last but not least: Tom Atkins. He’s the man; I don’t care. This review isn’t going to be hard-hitting analysis. Tom Atkins fucks.
The Fog is fun. With the team of Hill and Carpenter behind the camera and Barbeau, Atkins, Holbrook, Curtis, and Leigh in front of it, the movie surpasses the moderately silly idea that the title The Fog conjures. It’s not Halloween or The Thing or Escape From New York or a host of other absolute classics John Carpenter has helmed, but it’s definitely worth your time.