Release Date: 07/23/2013
Studio: Scream Factory
Collection Number: 1121
John Carpenter's classic film about a town haunted by a mysterious fog has officially been given the Scream Factory treatment! In 1980 director John Carpenter signed a two picture deal with AVCO-Embassy. The first film in this venture, The Fog, marked his return to horror after the extremely successful Halloween. The film is about the small town of Antonio Bay and a mysterious fog that rolls through at midnight on April 21st. The Fog disrupts everything causing glass to shatter, alarm systems to sound off, and at the town's local church a few bricks are displaced. During the chaos Father Malone (Hal Holbrook) happens to find his Grandfather's journal hidden behind the now crumbling bricks. There's likely a reason why the writings were hidden away...Possibly something to do with the town's despicable past.
Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau) is a local DJ who's the first to really notice anything is off-kilter, her suspicions are confirmed once her young son finds an old relic from another time. Meanwhile Nick (an oddly mustacheless Tom Atkins) and Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis) are on the hunt for a missing ship and it's three sailors. The pieces come together as the trio begin to realize what's going on, but they might not have been quick enough; for when the sun goes down the fog will roll into the town bringing death to all it encounters.
The presence of fog is a staple in the horror genre, the idea of it being one of the main antagonists of a film is an interesting one. Throughout the movie the fog has an eerie glow making for some really wonderful looking scenery. Fog alone can't carry a movie however, this film has a great ensemble cast made up of Curtis, Leigh, Barbeau, Cyphers, and Atkins. There's a definite chemistry amongst the group as most of them have worked with each other at one time or another. When combined with Debra Hill's writing and Carpenter's direction you end up with a very enjoyable horror movie.
John Carpenter's second foray into horror is a solid effort, while it might not be as groundbreaking as Halloween I feel it certainly holds up. As this is a film I'm sure a lot of you already own I guess the real question is "is it worth the upgrade?" With the improved picture and audio along with the plethora of special features I can honestly say "yes it is."