21 December 2014

The Fog (1980)
89 min.
Directed by John Carpenter.
With Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers.
A super enjoyable, stylish ghost story...and one of Carpenter's best.

The northern California coastal town of Antonio Bay is set to celebrate its centennial anniversary...when a strange, ominous fog rolls in from the sea.

But it's what emerges from the mists to claim certain key local residents that truly horrifies.

What does the fog want? Has retribution come home to roost in Antonio Bay? Will the sleepy little community now pay for the crimes of their ancestors...with every drop of their blood?

Barbeau is first rate as Stevie Wayne, the town's beleaguered radio DJ, while Curtis and Leigh are a joy to see together in the same horror vehicle.

There's some intense atmosphere excellently ratcheted by another harrowing Carpenter score.

The entrapment climax is one of terror cinema's best moments, and there's a scorchingly giddy resolution to the movie's action.

Remade (ugh!) in 2005.

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