John Carpenter’s The Fog is perhaps my favorite horror movie of all time. It’s not a perfect movie by any means, but it comes so damn close that you can forgive any of its flaws. Carpenter’s direction is dynamic, and you couldn’t find a better cast than Jamie Lee Curtis, (the glorious!) Adrian Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Janet Leigh, and Hal Holbrook. The movie has everything. Pirates. Zombies. Death. Nods to other horror movies. Ghost stories. Poe quotes. Throw in a touch of H.P. Lovecraft and you have the makings of a classic.
I remember the previews on TV with the arms pushing through the church windows and how it scared the hell out of me. Still, whenever it came on, I had to watch it. It would be years later until I actually saw the movie itself and it didn’t disappoint. To this day, it’s one of the few horror movies I watch regularly. And it’s my favorite John Carpenter movie. Considering all of the gems he has made, that’s saying a lot.
Here is the theatrical trailer for The Fog…
Okay, don’t judge the movie by the trailer.
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