Revisiting John Carpenter’s The Fog

Plot: The town of Antonio Bay, California is about to celebrate their centennial celebration. Unbeknownst all of them 100yrs ago a terrible crime was committed by six of the town”s elders involving a ship of lepers. Now the lepers are back for revenge in an ominous glowing fog that is covering the town.

Here’s one I haven’t seen in a very long time, so I figured I’d rewatch it to see if it might hold up or not.

Now, that I have, The Fog does hold up for the most part. While it’s not one of my favorite Carpenter films, I acknowledge it as a hugely entertaining film from him.

The acting is decent all around with Adrienne Barbeau being the highlight.

The story is very simple, but is very effective and engaging and holds together very well.

I absolutely loved the atmosphere that Carpenter displays; he knows how to create tension and suspense without resorting to cheap jump scares unlike some films that did that.

The score is also very effective and fits with the tone of the film perfectly; it’s very simple which I like.

My only issue with the film is I think it didn’t need the opening campfire scene, to me that felt unnecessary since what they explain in that scene is addressed later on, but that’s just me.

Overall, The Fog is a classic horror film that oozes atmosphere and tension; it has a creepy and gripping story, an excellent score, and is well directed by Carpenter.