The Fog (2005)

logoDirector: Rupert Wainwright

Writer: Cooper Layne (Screenplay) John Carpenter, Debra Hill (1980 Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, DeRay Davis, Kenneth Welsh, Adrian Hough, Sara Botsford, Cole Heppell, Mary Black

 

Plot: Antonio Island is coming up on an anniversary and in honour of the four me who found the town (Castle, Wayne, Williams and Malone). Nick Castle (Welling) works on the fishing docks but when his girlfriend Elizabeth (Grace) returns to town strange things start to happen.  A series of gruesome deaths and a presence of a mysterious fog raise alarms in the town. After Elizabeth falls in the sea, she finds a journal of one of the founders of the town. Inside the journal there is a story about a man called Blake who was betrayed by the founders of the town. Blake and his crew rise from their graves to take revenge on the descendants of the four men.

We have Stevie Wayne (Blair) on the radio warning people about the incoming fog, but her life is in danger too. The three have to team up to uncover the truth and make up for the descendants mistake.

 

Verdict: Remake that tries to be different

Story: Using the base story created in the original, the story tries to create more back story to the origin of the ghosts in the fog. This comes off better than the original as the characters we meet are all targets rather than just the town’s people at random. Here is where it goes wrong, it offers this and ends up killing a few random people going against what is being told that is happening. (5/10)

 

Actor Review: Tom Welling – Nick local man who ends up in the middle of the event. In reality really doesn’t do anything except be a driver for Elizabeth running from the fog. Poor performance that really shows he got the lead role because of his looks. (2/10)

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Actor Review: Maggie Grace – Elizabeth upon returning to town she ends up looking into a mystery that leads her to have visions, uncovers the truth about the town. The only character that works out what is going on, but not a convincing performance at all. (4/10)

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Actor Review: Selma Blair – Stevie the DJ who has the best view of the fog heading into the town, but leaves to try and save her son. They ruin the character from the original here where she gets trapped in the lighthouse, this time that makes her leave. Poor performance who never excels in the role (3/10)

 

Director Review: Rupert Wainwright – Poor attempt at re-creating a classic horror. (4/10)

 

Horror: Not very scary. (3/10)

Special Effects: Sloppy special effects on creating the ghosts, but some well created death scenes. (5/10)

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The settings don’t work for the film and the one iconic location doesn’t get used like the original. (4/10)

 

Suggestion: Just watch the original it is creepier, eerie and overall more entertaining. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: The idea

Worst Part: The execution of the idea

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Tagline: Their Past Has Come Back To Haunt Them

 

Overall: Remake Unwanted and Unrequired

Rating 25

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Trailer Alert – The Judge

Plot – Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Release Date:  17th October 2014

Questions:

Big names can they all deliver?

David Dobkin is known for his comedy films can he give us what looks like a powerful drama?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No