May 6, 2012

The Fog, 2005

The Fog, 2005
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Cast: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair

Stage: Home TV selection, Sat evening

The Fog in short: The inhabitants of Antonio Island, off the coast of Oregon, are about to unveil a statue honoring the four men (Castle, Wayne, Williams and Malone) who founded their town in 1871. Nick Castle is one of the descendants of the men, and owns a fishing charter company, using his vessel, the Seagrass, for tourism. When his girlfriend Elizabeth Williams returns to the island after spending six months in New York, a bizarre series of events begin to occur, including several gruesome deaths and the presence of a mysterious fog. When Elizabeth slips in Nick's boathouse and falls into the sea, she finds an old journal from 1871, written by Patrick Malone, one of the town's founders. It tells how a man named Blake bought half the island for use as a leper colony. While bringing his people to Antonio Island in their clipper ship, the Elizabeth Dane, Blake is betrayed by Castle, Wayne, Williams and Malone...

Preps: Hm. A remake of a good movie from 1980 with Jamie Lee Curtis? I wanted to watch it, I remember, however never got to it.

Reality: Why would you make a direct copy almost and think it's cooler this time? I am deeply dissappointed in the second "copy" I am reviewing in the last 14 days; the first one was The Girl with a dragon tatoo, american shitty remake of a swedish good movie.

The storyline is good, though. I remember seeing the original numerous times with my mother. She adored The Fog, but the one with Jamie Lee Curtis. This one she would complain about, I hear her now. It is filled with juvenile stuff, but the 1980 was real thing. Juvenile in sense of modern horrors, where blood and flying knives are the highlight. Whereas in the old days, with HItchcock kind of movies, horror was about music and imagination. Anyway, the return of the leper guys and wanting revenge, this was also in the 1980 version. This version brings more effects, it brings more nowadays 3D effects at the sea. It also brings sex in the picture. As said, the 1980 classic didn't bother about this. So for a fact, it isn't a true copy, however, similar enough to make me compare the both.

In this one, Elisabeth makes the pressure by evoking what slept for a long time. 1980 version just has zombies without me thinking who caused them. In any case, I am frustrated with the piece as a whole. I want to see the old one and I don't want the people from Antonio Bay to Google for answers. This isn't the way I want the movie remaked. I don't even want it remaked.

My personal rating: 3,0 (bljah, a remake I didn't want to see. Worse than original for sure, even though the director did the extra mile. )

The Fog on IMDB

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