The film was okay. It was scary at times and EvenThough the plot is debatable and the unfolding story hardly makes any sense, Carpenter stylishly presents an eerie atmosphere for the zombie invasion. The scenes caught my attention because of the cinematography that it displayed.
This vintage "horror" created by John Carpenter will surprisingly leave you invested enough to completely finish the film. The horror itself was close to nonexistent, However, the character development and story/plot prove to be well portrayed. Its shocking to see how John used a normal element of life(fog) and attempt to use it as an element of horror.
The film maintained a fast enough pace while consistently feeding the audience with a classic sense of horror. The fog served well as an extended representative of mystery and the ethereal horrors lurking within. The character development made the plot-line engrossing as well as entertaining. Ultimately Carpenter's story was easy to follow as it brought several protagonists to terms with the city's haunted past.
The Fog makes for an entertaining, 80s scary movie. The acting in this film, helps viewers set the mood for the story. For this being a older film, the director does an excellent job of setting up the scene, and the actors fill in their roles showing the horror side of this film. John Carpenter does a great job for picking out the right actors, and setting up the scene for all of his movies, especially for the fog.
I was hoping for some old fashion horror fun in John Carpenters The Fog, and I was not disappointed. The Fog builds tension and suspense right from the start as you try to figure out what’s happening in this small town and rarely lets up. It is quickly paced and does not relying on too much on gore, leaving it to the viewers imagination. This is not one of Carpenters stronger films but still an enjoyable ghost story.
Unlike The Carp's less Hitchcockian-suspense flicks, the atmosphere here and in Halloween is much more uneven. As the film's nighttime scenes often make unease creep up the spine... but akin to seeing Myers in daylight, it dissipates in the sunlight. Even the scare pieces aren't as smart, being either silly and/or of the false/jump scare variety. Carp's best paranoid and/or campy, both of which, came a bit later.
Rewatch on a whim...the fog itself is sinister enough as a story element of cosmic horror, so it's a little disappointing to see the ghosts (or wraiths, or zombies, or whatever they are) personified, and the intro tacked-on in order to turn it into more of a 'campfire story.' Love the empty beach town setting, and the score -one long dirge- is probably the best Carpenter ever wrote.
A curiously old fashioned B Picture-type horror: high on atmosphere but thin on characterisation (but then that's hardly a strong trait for the genre in general). Maybe all is that is missing is black & white cinematography to round off the rear view feel. The lack of gore is a pleasing surprise.
Carpenter's 11th hour inspiration—to add a literal "campfire horror story" framing device to the beginning of the film—turns out to make all the difference, turning the appealing slightness of this ghost story into a feature, not a bug. Other pros: the lively interconnected cast, the pacing, the eerie atmosphere, and a lead heroine who proves just how much Carpenter understood Howard Hawks.
The movie that woke my interest in cinema when I was a kid. The wide, precisely framed daylight scenery plus the Tourneurian atmosphere (the fog, the constant sense of menace) struck a nerve then and fortunately still arouses the same juvenile excitement now. The music, the glowing blue and white reflected in the coastal houses at night, the editing, it all works like a wonder. So American too.
“The Fog” touches upon the issue of building societies on atrocities and murder, the story which lures behind most modern states. Unfortunately as a movie it lacks impact because the ghosts of the sea men are not scary; instead they’re rather clumsy and corny at least by today’s standards. Otherwise it’s vintage Carpenter, patiently crafted with good characterisation.
CINEMA _ If "Assault on precinct 13" was a remake of "Rio Bravo", "Fog" might be the modern day version of "Cat People" (where the fog plays the role of the dark). Mysticism and great sound ot the 1980's. Carpenter plays with our primal fears and this idea of a climatic violence that avoids the questions of motive and psychology.