As part of our weeklong celebration of Master of Horror John Carpenter’s 69th Birthday, we’re delivering daily content featuring the filmmaker/musician/producer’s most compelling works. Today, we’ll be delving into the ether with Tales from the Mist: Inside the Making of The Fog.
The 30-minute documentary does more than interview the most important figures in the production of The Fog (released in 1980) including Adrienne Barbeau, Debra Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carpenter himself; it puts the film into historical context and links it to the belated success of Halloween, which was actually not a critical success upon its initial release in 1978.
Carve out some time and listen to the filmmakers discuss their influences (Edgar Alan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft) and motivations. From the themes and subtexts, to the film’s unexpected challenges and triumphs, Tales from the Mist will expand your appreciation of Carpenter’s supernatural revenge horror exponentially. It’s amazing to see how it affected the lives of everyone involved while becoming an enduring cult classic. Enjoy!
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