The Fog (1980)

A seaside hamlet is besieged by ghost lepers.

Have you heard of this guy John Carpenter? He is really good at movies. This tale is silly and ultimately unsatisfying (there’s just not enough hook impalings!) but it also works well because of fun actors, locations, music, and whatnot.

Jamie Lee Curtis is a young hitchhiker who somehow cannot resist the charms of a 23-years-older Tom “Halloween 3” Atkins (I love Tom Atkins but he’s basically a doofy dad and I just can’t understand what these young ladies see in him — he doesn’t even wear a moustache in this movie!).

Adrianne Barbeau runs a radio station out of a lighthouse and is the sole DJ, spinning records and being sultry from 6am to 1am every day (a 19 hour shift!) while her son sits at home with a babysitter all day. Even if the town hadn’t murdered a boatfull of rich lepers 100 years ago, Barbeau should probably be impaled for her absentee parenting.

Hal Holbrook plays the drunk priest with a great moustache (this movie only had the budget for one moustache, sorry Tom!) who figures it all out. Machines come alive (Maximum Overdrive much?) and clocks explode, but this movie is about as edgy as an episode of Scooby Doo. Let’s get this town murdered already!

Check it out if you just spent two days in Tomales Bay and want to see it again, Christian bling, or the high-stakes world of organizing a community event for 30 people.

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Ajax Green

Ajax Green

Ajax Green lives in Oakland, California, and watches a lot of movies.

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