The Fog (2005 film)

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The Fog
The Fog 2005 film.jpg
Directed by Rupert Wainwright
Produced by John Carpenter
David Foster
Debra Hill
Written by Cooper Layne
Based on Characters created by
John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring Tom Welling
Maggie Grace
Selma Blair
Rade Šerbedžija
DeRay Davis
Sonja Bennett
Kenneth Welsh
Adrian Hough
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Nathan Hope
Ian Seabrook (underwater)
Edited by Dennis Virkler
Production
  company
Revolution Studios
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Release date(s)
  • October 14, 2005 (2005-10-14)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $46,201,432[1]

The Fog is a 2005 horror film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Tom Welling, Selma Blair and Maggie Grace. It is a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 film of the same name and was produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill who co-wrote the original film.

Plot[edit]

In 1871, a wealthy leper named William Blake arranges to purchase half of Antonio Island, off the coast of Oregon, to establish a leper colony for his people. However, island residents Patrick Malone, Norman Castle, Richard Wayne and David Williams double-cross Blake. During a foggy night, they loot his clipper ship the Elizabeth Dane and set it on fire, killing all aboard. 134 years later, the residents of Antonio Island prepare to honor their founding fathers—the same men who burned the Elizabeth Dane—and a statue of them is to be unveiled on the town's anniversary. During a boating trip, Nick Castle and his friend Spooner unwittingly disturb a bag containing a pocket-watch and a hairbrush from the Elizabeth Dane lying on the seabed.

That night, Nick meets his former girlfriend, Elizabeth Williams, who has returned after six months away. Elizabeth is shown the antique pocket-watch by Machen, an old man who found it washed up on the beach. He warns her ominously "if you touch it, things will change." The watch begins ticking as Elizabeth holds it. She sees a hallmark on it, which includes a set of scales. Supernatural occurrences then begin to plague the town. Objects move by themselves, power outages occur, and the windows in Nick's truck inexplicably shatter. Nick and Elizabeth then encounter drunken priest Father Malone, who is ranting about murderers and retribution. Meanwhile, at the local radio station, host Stevie Wayne gets a phone call from weatherman Dan about a large fog bank off the coast. Out at sea on Nick's boat, Spooner and Nick's cousin Sean are partying with two young women, Mandi and Jennifer. As the fog reaches them, the boat's engine stops and the instruments break. An old clipper ship appears in the fog next to them. Seemingly possessed, Jennifer draws a set of scales on a misted window inside the boat. Unseen forces then horrifically kill Mandi, Jennifer and Sean. At Nick's beach house, Elizabeth has been dreaming about the Elizabeth Dane. She searches the Internet for information about the hallmark symbol she saw earlier, but her computer malfunctions and the word "Dane" appears on the screen. She hears a knock at the front door, goes outside but finds nothing. Walking down to the beach, the fog begins moving in but Nick brings her back inside.

The next day, Nick's Uncle Hank telephones him about the disappearance of his boat. Nick and Elizabeth sail out and find the vessel and the three corpses. Elizabeth goes into the hold and finds Spooner alive in a freezer. They return to the island where Mayor Tom Malone—Father Malone's father—suspects Spooner of the murders. In the morgue, Sean's corpse briefly rises up and accosts Elizabeth. At the library, Elizabeth researches the scales symbol seen on the watch's hallmark. It represented an old trading colony north of Antonio Island, which was afflicted with leprosy. At the docks, Elizabeth finds the buried journal of Patrick Malone from 1871. She and Nick learn the story of the Elizabeth Dane and realize the founders built the town with the fortune they had stolen from the ship, but kept this secret from their families and the townsfolk.

The ghosts of the Elizabeth Dane seek revenge against Antonio Island's residents for the past crimes of its founding fathers. After killing Dan at the weather station, they pursue Stevie's son Andy and his Aunt Connie at home. Connie is killed but Nick and Elizabeth rescue Andy. In her car, Stevie is also attacked but escapes. They all make their way to the Town Hall where the founders' murderous secrets are exposed. The spirits kill Hank Castle, Kathy Williams and the Malones. The ghost of Blake then seeks Elizabeth. Despite being a descendant of David Williams, Elizabeth is the reincarnation of Blake's wife and was one of her ancestor's victims; hence, her mysterious dreams about the Elizabeth Dane. Blake kisses Elizabeth and she transforms into a spirit and disappears as Nick watches helplessly. The next day, the survivors try to cope with their traumatic experiences and the truth about their ancestors. As Stevie reflects on the night's events with her listeners, Nick throws Patrick Malone's journal into the sea.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The original film's makers, John Carpenter and Debra Hill, expressed interest in remaking the original film on the film's DVD commentary.[2] They are both credited as producers for the remake. The 2005 film was green-lit by Revolution Studios before the script was finished. Tom Welling had three weeks filming on the fourth season of his TV series Smallville when he started work on The Fog. Selma Blair said that they kept two cameras running during Welling's scenes; one for The Fog and one for Smallville. Blair performed almost all of her stunts and spent 12 hours in a water tank with only short surface breaks for two days to shoot her underwater scenes. StudioCanal—which owns the rights to the original film—assisted in the film's production in exchange for French distribution rights.

Although set on an island off the Oregon coast, the location scenes were filmed in Canada. Some scenes were filmed around Cowichan Bay, most of the beach scenes were filmed in Tofino, and those of the town of Antonio Bay were filmed in Fort Langley; all in British Columbia. It was one of Hill's final projects before her death from cancer in 2005.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was not screened for critics before its release.[3] Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 4% based on 68 reviews, and is the 66th worst reviewed film on the website.[citation needed] The site's critical consensus states, "The Fog is a so-so remake of a so-so movie, lacking scares, suspense or originality."[4] Metacritic gave the film an average score of 27/100, based on 16 reviews.[5]

The Fog was widely considered an unsuccessful remake of the original 1980 movie.[6] The The Hollywood Reporter said the remake "lack[ed] the scares necessary to satisfy its target audience",[7] and Variety said that "interest lags between the grisly deaths, and, worse, none of the characters generates rooting interest."[3] The film was rated D- by Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly.[8]

Box office[edit]

In the US, The Fog grossed $11,752,917 on its opening weekend and secured the number one spot for that weekend due to a general decline in box office revenues at that time. Had the film opened with the same amount a year earlier, it would have only made fifth place.[9] The film had a final domestic gross of $29,550,869, and a total worldwide gross of $46,201,432.[1]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Worst Film The Fog Won
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[10] Least Scary Horror Movie The Fog Won

Music[edit]

The Fog: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by Graeme Revell
Released November 1, 2005
Length 39:20
Label Varèse Sarabande

All songs written and composed by Graeme Revell. 

The Fog: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
No. Title Length
1. "Prologue"   2:31
2. "God's Country"   0:38
3. "Anchor Lockup"   1:51
4. "It Wants Us"   2:20
5. "The Hallmark"   1:27
6. "Shower Love"   1:12
7. "Elizabeth..."   2:52
8. "Boathouse"   1:36
9. "Statues"   2:00
10. "Lights Out"   1:31
11. "Island History"   1:43
12. "The Search"   3:18
13. "Burned Image"   0:46
14. "It's Here"   3:39
15. "Crime Aboard"   2:42
16. "Tragedy on the Elizabeth Dane"   3:18
17. "The Reckoning"   1:50
18. "The Fog Recedes"   1:41
19. "Epilogue"   1:17
Total length:
39:20
Songs featured in the motion picture, but not in the commercial release

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Box Office Mojo (The Fog)
  2. ^ Carpenter, John & Hill, Debra (2002). The Fog audio commentary (DVD) (in Eng). United States: MGM. 
  3. ^ a b Leydon, Joe (October 14, 2005). "The Fog Movie Review". Variety. 
  4. ^ "The Fog (2005)". 
  5. ^ "Reviews". Metacritic. 
  6. ^ The Fog Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for The Fog | TVGuide.com
  7. ^ "The Fog". [dead link]
  8. ^ "Movie Review: The Fog". Entertainment Weekly. 
  9. ^ The Numbers – Thick Fog Foils Box Office
  10. ^ "Stinkers Bad Movie Awards 2006". Emanuellevy.com. 

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