The Fog (1980)
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and Janet Leigh
Directed by: John Carpenter
This was Carpenter’s follow-up to the 1978 hit ‘Halloween’ and retains Jamie Lee Curtis in a starring role. The film is basically an old-fashioned ghost yarn of the sea, involving avenging dead sailors -wronged by the elders of a seaside town 100 years ago – and a screaming Jamie Lee. Add to this the acting talents of Hal Holbrook as a bottle-battling priest, Tom Atkins as the all-american hero & Janet Leigh as herself and we have a real winner.
A great cameo performance by the wonderful John Hausmann as the enchanting storyteller gets the ball-rolling. From there it is all about blunt instruments lodging themselves in hapless victims to a truly eerie and rattling Carpenter score. That is, until we reach the final sequence, which is damn scary and pretty out-of-the blue…..‘Blake?’
It may not be better than Halloween but they aren’t too far apart. The Fog, has more in common really with Carpenter’s ’76 claustrophobic cult-hit Assault on Precinct 13 than the film that started the slasher genre.
Put simply, a somewhat unappreciated movie which is well worth renting.
hotdog rating: 8.5/10