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Fog, The (2005)
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by brianorndorf

"An all new 'Fog,' but the same old problems"
2 stars

Considering that John Carpenter’s “The Fog” was one of his weakest films, the opportunity to correct some cinematic mistakes was handed to the remake on a silver platter. However, under the eye of director Rupert Wainwright, the new “Fog” is a dreadful bore, blowing every chance to rise above mediocrity and establish itself as the exception to the updates-are-awful rule.

In the remote seaside town of Antonio Bay, a force of evil has awakened, and is using a thick cover of fog to infiltrate the town to seek revenge. For the locals (including Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, and Selma Blair), their survival depends on understanding why this ghostly presence has come calling, and how they can stay out of the fog’s way over the course of a cold, wet night.

John Carpenter is beloved for his genre mastery, yet his 1980 film “The Fog” was one of his lesser efforts. A moody, dry horror film that didn’t quite capture Carpenter’s genius yet (that would come with 1981’s “Escape From New York”), “The Fog” was determined, but severely flawed. I’m not the biggest cheerleader for remakes, but this material was ripe for a reevaluation.

Yet, the 2005 update of “The Fog” is a wooden bore, laden with unspectacular special effects and dreadful acting from television-trained youth who don’t have the experience to truly deliver the goods. Directed by Rupert Wainwright (the blindingly overdirected “Stigmata”), the new “Fog” is miles away from Carpenter’s vision for slowly mounting tension. The remake is just slow, and deathly dull. Wainwright sticks pretty closely to Carpenter’s film in terms of story, but the two productions couldn’t be more different in genre execution.

Wainwright, a student of music videos, doesn’t know much about the rhythms of horror. The director knows pretty pictures, and he demonstrates his sharp eye with lush Canadian landscapes and otherworldly fog-infested small town locales. However, give the guy a simple suspense set piece or a moment of exposition, and he chokes. The scares in Wainwright’s “Fog” are simple: put a character next to a wall or body of water, slowly drop the sound to silence, and then boo! Round and round the carousel of mediocrity runs, with the film speedily eroding into a flat-out annoyance as it trots out diluted PG-13 scares, ridiculously pandering characters (including the embarrassing Ebonics-heavy African-American stereotype), and just awful lead performances from Maggie Grace and Tom Welling. Wainwright tries to goose the thrills with some CG tricks that Carpenter didn’t have, but he only makes the ghostly sights seem more artificial, and far less threatening.

Perhaps it’s the story of “The Fog” itself that’s the trouble here. Two films later, and nobody can drain some decent thrills out of it.

At least Carpenter used ingenuity and a fine cast to inject some life into his flawed production. Rupert Wainwright has a much larger budget and a major studio behind him and all he can do is put the audience to sleep.

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originally posted: 10/15/05 00:20:00
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User Comments

12/05/19 David Hollingsworth Completely unnecessary remake 1 stars
9/13/17 morris campbell lame as hell avoid it 1 stars
3/22/16 David H. The reason why some remakes are total crap 1 stars
3/16/12 Silkworm INCREDIBLY LAME REMAKE 1 stars
7/08/10 Not BeNamed This movie sucked ass how to delete previous comment? 1 stars
8/14/08 Shaun Wallner Well Made! 5 stars
3/10/08 Jayme Isaacs The Fog Remake Aint Nothing Compared To The Original Film 3 stars
6/13/07 Danielle Ophelia WHY? 1 stars
2/09/07 Charles Tatum Go rent the original, it wasn't as funny 1 stars
11/25/06 Stacie McCalla This was a great film it was so scare I think people that like scare films should see this 4 stars
11/09/06 American Slasher Goddess One of the worst mainstream horror movies in the past five years. 1 stars
8/01/06 Mark Louis Baumgart Rapes the original and gives us nothing back in its place. Bland and clueless. 1 stars
6/18/06 TreeTiger Please understand - this movie is one looong piece of turd... watch the original from 1980! 1 stars
4/06/06 N/A The movie was good it kept up our attention 5 stars
3/29/06 Indrid Cold About as good as the first one. In other words, a yawnfest. 2 stars
3/14/06 Shannon Robles didnt like this too much. go see the original 1 stars
3/02/06 chris f not bad just an average film 3 stars
2/26/06 Danny The original was much better, and even it wasn't great. 2 stars
2/16/06 Soha Molina bad 1 stars
2/10/06 Josh Standlee Why did they need a stereotypical black guy??? 1 stars
1/30/06 alice I dont get it, why dont they focus more on: CAN THEY ACT instead of: SEXY AND YOUNG?? 2 stars
12/15/05 Tiffany Thunderhurst Begins rather intriguingly but degenerates into random sight gags without coherent story. 2 stars
12/13/05 What WHY? WHY? WHY? 1 stars
11/21/05 Stefan Halka I prefer the original even though there is no beautiful people in them. 2 stars
11/20/05 Evil Wolfie So many chances to be scary, but they screw up every single one.Total letdown. 2 stars
11/12/05 cypress pretty damn bad, who got paid to do this movie?? 1 stars
11/09/05 Erik Van Sant The worst film of the year. Utter fucking waste of film. 1 stars
11/06/05 Trey I like bad horror movies, but this one was impossible to watch. 1 stars
11/04/05 jay good movie- watches forget its a movie use your imagination 4 stars
11/04/05 PAG Really bad. Awful. 1 stars
10/31/05 John barely competent film making - unbelievably bad 1 stars
10/25/05 shhhhhh quiet deffinently the worst movie I've seen since "ENVY" with jack black 1 stars
10/22/05 baseball-nut Why remakes always suck is beyond me! .. Should've left it alone, idiots! 1 stars
10/21/05 ShadowFace5 Did I dose off and miss something? 2 stars
10/19/05 odditie Why do they make movies like this? 2 stars
10/18/05 the untrained eye Selma Blair still rocks.. movie not so much 2 stars
10/18/05 CIARA IT'S ALL RIGHT 3 stars
10/18/05 Ashley Anderson i think it was a pretty good movie it made you jump but the ending was sweet!! 4 stars
10/18/05 Michelle Worst thing I've ever seen!!! I love every movie, except this one. Not entertaining. 1 stars
10/17/05 CajunGurl This movie sux!!! Plz do not waste your money on this horrible movie. 1 stars
10/17/05 jason watch this then rent the original for some real fun!!!! 3 stars
10/17/05 SD Horrible and Boring. Don't waste your time or money. 1 stars
10/17/05 David Fowler Unspeakably bad remake of Carpenter's 2nd best film. A shameful atrocity. 1 stars
10/16/05 Matt Holland Not so bad 3 stars
10/15/05 Anus The FAG lol 1 stars
10/14/05 Erik Nolan Not as good as the orginal, but not bad. 3 stars
10/14/05 Pooly Okay. If you enjoyed this movie you probably should consider suicide. 1 stars
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  14-Oct-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 24-Jan-2005

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Directed by
  Rupert Wainwright

Written by
  Cooper Layne

  Tom Welling
  Maggie Grace
  Selma Blair
  DeRay Davis
  Rade Serbedzija
  Kenneth Welsh

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