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ⓘ The Fog (2005 film)




The Fog (2005 film)
                                     

ⓘ The Fog (2005 film)

The Fog is a 2005 American supernatural horror film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Tom Welling, Selma Blair, and Maggie Grace. It is a remake of John Carpenters 1980 film of the same name and was produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill who co-wrote the original film. The films narrative follows a strange fog that sweeps in over an island town in the coast of Oregon; it brings vindictive apparitions of mariners who were murdered there 134 years prior. The townspeople find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives while investigating the truth of their history.

                                     

1. Plot

In 1871, William Blake, a wealthy man suffering from leprosy arranges to purchase half of Antonio Island, off the coast of Oregon, to establish a leper colony for his afflicted 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. One hundred and thirty-four 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 towns 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. 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. Later, weird supernatural occurrences start to plague the town. Objects move by themselves, power outages occur, and the windows in Nicks 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 Nicks boat, Spooner and Nicks cousin Sean are partying with two young women, Mandi and Jennifer. As the fog reaches them, the boats 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 kill Mandi, Jennifer, and Sean. At Nicks 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 approaching, but Nick brings her back inside.

The next day, Nicks 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 Malones father - suspects Spooner of the murders. In the morgue, Seans corpse briefly rises up and accosts Elizabeth. At the library, Elizabeth researches the scales symbol seen on the watchs hallmark. It represented an old trading colony north of Antonio Island, which generated substantial wealth through intercontinental trade but was abandoned due to a leprosy outbreak. 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 Islands residents for the past crimes of its founding fathers. After killing Dan at the weather station, they pursue Stevies 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 she escapes. They travel 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 Blakes wife and was one of her ancestors 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 nights events with her listeners, Nick throws Patrick Malones journal into the sea.

                                     

2. Production

The original films makers, John Carpenter and Debra Hill, expressed interest in remaking the original film on the films DVD commentary. 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 filmed for three weeks on the fourth season of his TV series Smallville when he started work on The Fog. 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 films 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 on Bowen Island and Fort Langley - all in British Columbia. It was one of Hills final projects before her death from cancer in 2005.

                                     

3. Reception

Box office

In the US, The Fog grossed $11.752.917 on its opening weekend. The film had a final domestic gross of $29.550.869, and a total worldwide gross of $46.201.432.

Home Media

The film was released on DVD and VHS January 24 2006, and was the last Revolution Studios film to be released on VHS.

                                     

3.1. Reception Critical reception

The film was not screened for critics before its release. It was panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 4% based on 68 reviews. The sites critical consensus states, The Fog is a so-so remake of a so-so movie, lacking scares, suspense or originality." Metacritic gave the film an average score of 27 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating" generally unfavorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C–" on an A+ to F scale.

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

                                     

3.2. Reception Box office

In the US, The Fog grossed $11.752.917 on its opening weekend. The film had a final domestic gross of $29.550.869, and a total worldwide gross of $46.201.432.

                                     

4. Music

All tracks are written by Graeme Revell.

Songs featured in the motion picture, but not in the commercial release
  • "Feels Just Like It Should" – Performed by Jamiroquai
  • "Invincible" – Performed by OK Go
  • "Take Off Your Clothes" – Performed by Morningwood
  • "Vibrate" – Performed by Petey Pablo
  • "Nighttime" – Performed by Petracovich
  • "Salomes Wish" – Performed by The Booda Velvets
  • "Sugar, Were Goin Down" – Performed by Fall Out Boy
  • "What Died" – Performed by Nichole Alden
                                     
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