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The Fog Movie Review

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Yet another pointless horror remake, "The Fog" is an almost exact retelling of the original John Carpenter version, which was decent but really not good enough to warrant a remake. Unfortunately, despite the presence of beautiful ladies (okay, call me shallow) Maggie Grace and Selma Blair, "The Fog" is a complete disaster as it has neither a good plot nor scary moments.

Tom Welling stars among others as a guy stuck in an island community during a storm of epic proportions - a fog has rolled in, but the fog is evil, containing the dead and ruthless ghosts of sailors who were killed by the village people long ago. Trying to explain the back story more than that would just be a waste of time, just as this movie is.

Having just watched the original not too long ago, I found little redeeming about this new version. Sure, the visuals are a little crisper, but other than that there are no improvements whatsoever. "The Fog" isn't scary, and that's a bit of a problem when we're talking horror movies, isn't it?

To cap things off, there are certain plot elements that I never want to see in movies. One of those are stories, where, in flashbacks, you see a modern-day character as someone else in the past, which means that inevitably there is something about their souls being connected. I'd call this a spoiler, but it really doesn't matter. Maggie Grace plays two characters, one a present-day victim of the fog, another the daughter of one of the dead sailors a hundred years earlier. Ultimately, everything comes together, but it just is so cheesy I almost had to turn the movie off.

"The Fog" has about three minutes of redeeming value, which usually involves one of the women running around in tight clothing. Thankfully, even I'm not that shallow and cannot recommend "The Fog" in any way or form. If you want to watch it, rent the original Jamie Lee Curtis version.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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