“There’s something in the fog!”
As a small coastal town celebrates its 100th birthday, a killer fog rolls in which contains the ghosts of vengeful sailors.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Janet Leigh Films
- John Carpenter Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary notes that the “first half” of this horror flick — about a “mysterious fog [which] rolls in” to “a small seaside town… contain[ing] the ghosts of the sailors for whose murders the town was founded” — is “terrifically atmospheric, at times almost poetic”. He points out that writer-director John Carpenter “deftly juxtaposes several storylines… and presents several characters we care for”. However, he argues that while “Carpenter builds the suspense to a high level”, the film eventually “deteriorates into conventional and too brutal horror fare”. Nonetheless, the rolling fog of the film is effectively spooky, and thus makes it enjoyable to watch from a purely cinematic perspective.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Adrienne Barbeau as the “cool-talking deejay” who tries to warn the town through her radio messages
- Effectively eerie cinematography
Yes, once, simply to see Carpenter’s follow-up to his wildly successful debut film Halloween (1978).