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THE FOG - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1980 AVCO Embassy Pictures
Reviewed by Max Gardner on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Stevie Wayne - Adrienne Barbeau! Antonio Bay's only radio personality.
  • Elizabeth - Jamie Lee Curtis! A hitchhiker picked up by Nick.
  • Nick - A guy. What he does for a living is never clear. We assume he's a fisherman.
  • Father Malone - Hal Holbrook! Local priest who seems to spend most of his time with Jim Beam.
  • Mrs. Williams - Janet Leigh, of Psycho fame. Chairwoman of Antonio Bay's 100th birthday celebration.
  • Andy - Stevie's obnoxious little twerp of a son.
  • Dan - Weatherman who yearns for Stevie's affections. Killed by ghosts.
  • Sandy - Mrs. Williams' assistant.
  • Mrs. Kobritz - Andy's nanny. Disemboweled.
  • Mr. Machen - Drunk old sailor who tells kids ghost stories.
  • Dr. Phibes - Local doctor and less-than-subtle reference to the Dr. Phibes movies.
  • Three Men on a boat - Fodder. One guy gets an ice pick in both eyes.
  • The Ghosts - Undead sailors with bad complexions.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

A crew of leprous sailors crashes on the rocks off Spivey Point, led by a false signal fire started by six colonists who don't like the idea of a community of lepers just offshore. A century after the deed was done, they return to the now-thriving town of Antonio Bay in search of the six original conspirators and their lost gold. The Fog scared the hell out of me, but only in ten to twenty-minute stretches. The pace is a bit slow and a higher body count would have done it a world of good, but this is certainly one of John Carpenter's better films. Now, a typical slasher uses a single weapon of choice: Jason Voorhees (usually) had his machete, Freddy Krueger had his fingers, and the Gorton's fisherman had his hook. The ghosts in The Fog use everything at once: hooks, sickles, machetes, ice picks, whatever is handy. The few onscreen kills are suitably juicy, but prepare for stretches of dialogue that's not quite bad enough to be entertaining and not quite good enough remove The Fog from the annals of b-cinema.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Ghosts don't like glass, phone lines, and electrical devices.
  • It takes a special kind of idiot to open the door for a shadowy figure with a hook.
  • Priests are masters of stealth.
  • Wood is susceptible to spontaneous combustion.
  • Shorting phone lines sound like battling elephant seals.
  • The town sheriff will walk at a leisurely pace to answer an emergency call.
  • Your car will ALWAYS get stuck in the mud when you're trying to get away from a gang of murderous ghosts.
  • Getting a rusty meat hook through your shoulder hurts.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 12 mins - Credits still rolling.
  • 19 mins - Ouch! (Cutlass through the back, repeated hook to the chest.)
  • 20 mins - Ouch! (Ice pick to the eyes.)
  • 34 mins - That altar is pink. Must be my TV.
  • 60 mins - Natural human reaction to cold supernatural fog: "Hold on, I'm gonna check this out."
  • 67 mins - The ghosts are trying to kill an old person - they can't be all bad.
  • 68 mins - Sounds like Mrs. Kobritz turned into a sheet before the ghosts ripped her apart.
  • 81 mins - Ouch! (Hook to the shoulder.)
  • 87 mins - That sounded... ...crunchy.

Quotes: 

  • Stevie: "Keep me turned on for a while, and I'll try my best to do the same for you."
  • Andy: "First it was a gold coin, and then it turned into this neat piece of wood!"
  • Dr. Phibes: "See, the water acts like ice."
  • Stevie: "That driftwood you found - what was it doing?"
  • Andy: "I told you, first it was a gold coin, and then it turned into the wood."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note thefog1.wav Stevie: "I'm high tonight in the KAB lighthouse on Spivey Point. And, in case you've forgotten, it's April 21st and a happy birthday for Antonio Bay."
Green Music Note thefog2.wav Stevie: "Well, my gauges must be wrong. I've got a wind blowing due east. Now, what kind of a fog moves against the wind?"
Green Music Note thefog3.wav Elizabeth: "Ever since you picked things have been going wrong: the clock broke, the windows have been breaking, the weirdo at the door last night..."
Nick: "That isn't you!"
Elizabeth: "I'm not so sure. Things seem to happen to me."
Green Music Note thefog4.wav Mrs. Williams: "Are you going to give the benediction tonight, Father?"
Father Malone: "Antonio Bay has a curse on it."
Sandy: "Do we take that as a 'no?'"
Green Music Note thefog5.wav Stevie: "To the ships at sea who can hear my voice. Look across the water, into the darkness. Look for the fog."

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Don't tell mom, the babysitter was killed by the fog...

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Comments:Write CommentPages: 1 [2]
The Fog
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
Had originally dismissed this as being slightly boring when me and a friend snuck into a drive-in in the 80s to see a double feature of The Fog and The Boogyman (I think).  But after watching it a few years ago it has some great moments.  Classic bit with grandma being snatched!  Love it!  I'm a radio personally who also happens to like lighthouses AND Adrian Barbeau.  Uh hum.  And I figure if Leigh would lay out that old guy...some of us would have a chance too...haha!  The fog effects are very good.  I watch this at least once a year during October.
The Fog
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by pred19
I thought it was a good movie, but it ceased to be even remotely scary once you realized the ghosts were only going to kill a limited number of people- it would have been MUCH scarier if they sought revenge against everyone, creeping from house to house and murdering everybody.

Good for a rent, not much more though. There are better ghost movies out there.
The Fog
Reply #11. Posted on December 07, 2003, 09:56:02 PM by Apollyon
This is a very underappreciated film. The atmosphere (especially during the opening credits when everything the town is going haywire) can really get under your skin. Even during broad daylight (such as the scene when Adrienne Barbeau hears the ghostly voice in the lighthouse and the driftwood catches fire) this film is guaranteed to deliver.
The Fog
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chris
As someone who knows a bit about theology, I must take issue with the writer who warned not to use the Episcopalian excuse. There are what are described as "high Episcopalians' and "low Episcopalians", meaning that the former maintain a good deal of the pomp and traditionalism that are found in the Catholic Church. (I happen to be Greek Orthodox, by the way, so I am totally objective about all this). The term "Father" is quite often used by "high Episcopalians", and since Antonio Bay is your typical traditional small town, it was no doubt populated, at least in the nineteenth century, by "high Episcopalians". Any Catholic priest who would have been married (unless he was of the Eastern Maronite or Melchite rite) would have automatically been defrocked and excommunicated by the Vatican.

    One other thing: The Fog is definitely one of my all time favorite movies, but if the ghosts were only after the descendants of the six original conspirators, then why were they trying to kill everyone else in the film? I mean, Stevie Wayne and her son both come ever so close to getting knocked off. Did they just happen to be "in the way"?
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