Wednesday, October 19, 2016
F This Movie! - The Fog (1980)
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Also discussed this episode: Pet Sematary (1989), Creepshow (1982), Creepshow 2 (1987), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), Silver Bullet (1985), Hocus Pocus (1993), All Through the House (2016), Fender Bender (2016)
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Patrick's experience with Shudder is giving him a taste of what it's like to try to use ANY streaming service outside of the US...ReplyDelete
*Ends episode expecting a sweet little devil child*ReplyDelete
*Ears begin to bleed*
Just scared the absolute shit out of me at work.Delete
Damn, forgot about the Kaufman cameo in Guardians. Okay, "Lloyd Kaufman Horror cameo? Automatic zero stars." There you go :) Same applies to Ron Jeremy.ReplyDelete
I thought All Through the House was a lot of fun. Good kills! To All a Good Night is on my list for the month.
I wonder how long before we can expect "Like A Bowlful of Jelly?" The poster could be a bowl spilling over with blood and viscera.Delete
So excited for this! The Fog is one of my all time favorite movies.ReplyDelete
Did somebody say Silver Bullet? Patrick...you know how I feel about that film.ReplyDelete
Great episode guys...one after my own heart. Love Carpenter and The Fog...and you can read about the score in my book SCORED TO DEATH [shameless plug ;-)].
Loving all the horror stuff for October....keep up the great work guys!
Wow! This is one of the movies that "turned" me on horror last year (made me realize I really like horror, whereas before I kind of ignored it, assuming it was all bad). Can't wait to listen.ReplyDelete
You got my name more or less right the first time, Heath.ReplyDelete
Oh, and I thought Pin was well worth watching, Patrick. Though the whole concept is a bit silly, I totally got into it.Delete
As always, I really enjoyed the podcast.ReplyDelete
One thought to add about John Carpenter. Despite being an '80s kid, I only grew up with Big Trouble and Starman. I didn't see his horror movies - even Halloween - until the DVD era, somewhere in the early 2000s.
John Carpenter is now one of my favorite filmmakers - certainly my favorite horror director. I don't know if he's the best, but his run from Halloween to They Live is without equal. I wonder if seeing these films for the first time in their correct aspect ratio contributed to my affection.
I honestly don't think I'd have the same reaction to a pan & scan version of The Fog, which is second only to The Thing as my favorite horror film of his. Seeing these films as they were meant to be seen is part of the reason why Carpenter's estimation has steadily gone up in the last 10-15 years - both with horror fans and mainstream critics.
Hope Patrick and Heath take on Prince of Darkness next year.
Since you guys brought it up on the show, I've had a hard time trying to come up with an argument against Carpenter being the best horror director. His highs are higher than most and his lows certainly are. If you look at his success rate in terms of percentages, it's really hard to compare to him. Like Patrick brought up, if you look at a guy like Craven, he was all over the map in terms of success rate. I'll take 'Nightmare on Elm Street' over any Carpenter movie, but I'm not going to say 'Scream' is better than 'The Thing' or 'Halloween'. There's just too many lows on Craven's resume and that's coming from someone who loves most of Wes Craven's work.ReplyDelete
I haven't watched Halloween 4 in years, and I never thought it was that special. Based on Patrick's opinion alone, I'll have to give it another look. Heath's opinion of 5 has me intrigued as well, guess I'll have to watch all of those later Halloweens. I don't remember them too well, I've only seen them all once and that was probably 10 years ago and on AMC. Whereas I've seen the first 2 Halloweens at least 20 times each in my lifetime. I used to think 2 was actually good...I know, I know. I can remember watching it a few years back and being like, 'wait, this is it?' Anyways, glad I can add some more movies to my viewing schedule for the next 11 days. Great show as always!
I totally understand Patrick's opinion about The Fog and almost completely agree with his thoughts about the characters, but I'm with Heath -- this movie just totally works for me. It's the atmosphere, I think. It's unlike any other movie I can think of.ReplyDelete
Also, Adrienne Barbeau, in this movie, is my biggest on-screen crush. It's the perm that destroys her. If I ever wind up in a Stephen King's 11/22/63 type scenario, I'm waiting around to stop Barbeau's hairdresser from doing that to her. I'd ask you folks to thank me if I pull it off, but of course, you'll never know.
Let me thank you now in advance, just in case you pull it off and alter history.Delete
I'm with Heath on this one. The Fog is my favorite Carpenter film. I've revisted it so many times, if only for the atmosphere. It gets better every time. Great podcast guys! Best of SMM2016 yet!ReplyDelete
Patrick, glad you turned around on Fender Bender. I thought it was solid and a really good time.
I have been meaning to get to this movie for ages, I have it on DVD, what is stopping me?! Thanks for helping me bump it up the list. And thanks so much for your praise on my review, it really made my day!ReplyDelete
I'm sort of with Patrick - I really loved the atmosphere, the look, the lighthouse easy-listening radio station, and the ghost-revenge story, but just didn't connect with the film as deeply. A theory: the problem, if you're attached to characters, is that the characters just don't spend enough time with each other. And as a result, they don't form distinct relationships that would bring out what kind of people they are and help us form attachments. My memory is that everyone's kind of hived off into their own stories, and that Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee don't even have any scenes together until the church finale. IOW it's a script problem, not a directorial or cast problem. Maybe?ReplyDelete