When talking horror classics, John Carpenter’s The Fog sits at the top of the list. An atmospheric story filled with murder and revenge, and this film came after the success of his Halloween movie. It even featured most of the same actors.
The film is set in the fictional town of Antonio Bay, and exactly 100 years after a shipwreck, a mysterious fog envelopes the town. But it is not the fog itself that is the danger, it’s the things lurking in the fog. It is up to few of the residents to figure out the mystery of why this is happening, and how to stop it.
Just like it’s namesake, this film slowly creeps up on you. Before you know it, you are immersed, and you will be hanging on the edge of the seat as everything unfolds. The kills in this movie are pretty brutal, and once the town’s dirty secret is out, you almost want to emphasize with the fog’s inhabitants. Jamie Lee Curtis excels in her portrayal of a wayward hitchhiker, and a very young Tom Atkins makes his appearance here. Also, a fun little tidbit, but the names of most of the characters in this movie are references to people John Carpenter collaborated with in previous films. I thought it was a cool little easter egg.
This is definitely something to watch, especially if you are looking for something that has that spooky mood you are looking for. One of the bests, and it still holds up even in the modern horror era. It did receive a remake, but you will want to steer clear as it was a huge disappointment.
Till next time, stay scared!