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The Fog

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2005 1 Jan
The Fog

from Film Forum, 10/20/05

Director Rupert Wainwright's remake of a popular John Carpenter horror film stars Maggie Grace, one of the actresses making a name for herself on TV's popular prime-time series "Lost." Here, she's apparently lost again … lost in The Fog. (You didn't think I could resist that one, did you?)

Apparently, the whole film has lost its way. That's the consensus of the few critics who saw the movie in time to publish an opening-day review. The studio did its best to keep critics from seeing this waste of celluloid, and sure enough, once the reviewers got in, the word got out.

Need to know more? It's about a town engulfed in a deadly fog that conceals the mist-erious spirits of people who died at sea. The spirits are back for revenge (surprise, surprise), and vaporous mayhem ensues.

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) writes, "Directed by Rupert Wainwright, the new version pretty closely follows the original's soggy B-movie lead, but despite slicker special effects and a bigger budget, the film is mist-ifyingly less suspenseful this time around. You may just want to let this Fog roll out."

Tom Neven (Plugged In) says, "If there's anything positive to say about this otherwise-sorry revisiting of the story … it's that it foregoes the worst of the slasher elements. … The casual sexuality remains, though, as does the confused spirituality and foul language, making this vaporous offering cold, damp and dark despite its notched-down MPAA rating."

A fan of the original, Lori Souder (Christian Spotlight) says, "I cannot recommend this movie. Many parts seemed thrown in for effect, like an extra crispy corpse and teens partying in bikinis. The end did not make sense. Somehow it went from a revenge/ghost movie to a romantic reincarnation story. All I can say is, 'huh?'"