John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Adrienne Barbeau as Stevie Wayne
Jamie Lee Curtis as Elizabeth Solley
Janet Leigh as Kathy Williams
Tom Atkins as Nick Castle
Hal Holbrook as Father Robert Malone
When the Lepers say “Six Must Die,” by golly they mean it! The Fog is awesome and Adrienne Barbeau (playing the sexy nighttime radio hostess Stevie Wayne) rocks the house. I enjoy every single minute of this one because it is a really cool and deep flick that gives one pause for thought, fright and delight all in one viewing.
The Fog opens up with a creepy old sailor guy telling a bunch of kids around the camp fire a ghost story about a clipper ship that crashed into the rocks 100 years ago. “It was a night like this, 100 years ago…” Allegedly, the captain of the ship steered his crew into the rocks and everyone died because they really thought they were steering towards the light house…
As the plot thickens; so does the fog and it is not long before things begin to get freaky. Keep track of the time folks… The witching hour is fast approaching. At the stroke of midnight temperatures will start dropping and things will start falling off shelves, shattering and misting up as a hundred year old curse begins to unfold. There’s nothing like a century old vendetta to get the blood flowing, and you know what? Time was not kind to these zombie-like ghosts. They are hideous, green, worm filled, sickle wielding monsters. They are out for blood and they do not discriminate.
Elizabeth Solley (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Nick Castle (Tom Atkins) make a great pair and their romantic interlude is a good historical reminder of when we lived in a kinder and gentler nation… A time when women could hitch hike alone at night… When they didn’t have fear about hopping in bed with a cute guy for a one night stand … When wearing glasses half the size of your face was all the rage.
As the plot thickens, the reason behind the zombies deadly reign of terror becomes apparent. A curse was unleashed on the town of Antonio Bay because back in the day (1880) Father Patrick Malone’s grandfather and 6 co-conspirators did some really shady stuff in the name god, progress and neighborhood gentrification. “Not in my backyard” they said. “Hey Hey – Ho Ho – Yuppies Yes – Lepers No – Hey Hey – Ho Ho – Leper Freaks Just Got to Go.”
But the Lepers got the last word, or rather, the last sword. When you watch The Fog listen closely to the scary voice that comes out of the jetsam, then look up Mark 9:42. It’ll make you think twice before giving the shaft to the poor and faithful.