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The Fog (2005)

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lame remake of 1980 horror movie.

Movie PG-13 2005 100 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Ghostly scary

My 12 yr old son and I watched and thought it was scary. I allowed it because the movie was rated PG-13 (instead of R like most horror movies). This movie shows people burning, leper’s disfigurements and scary ghosts. Yet this was not a bloody or gory movie; just ghost story scary. Plus I had to fast forward the shower scene between Nick and Elizabeth. So I would say 14 years old would be more appropriate than 12 years old.

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Rupert Wainwright's dull remake of John Carpenter's spare 1980 version maintains a steady, slow pace, never building to a climax that matters. "We gotta go!" Poor Nick (Tom Welling) says this a few too many times in THE FOG, and every time he does, you're likely to be thinking the same thing. Though the flesh and blood characters' primary opponents are vengeful 19th-century ghosts, they're more egregiously inconvenienced by the clunky script, which explains too much plot and leaves out too much characterization.

No surprise, the film closes with a big confrontation between townies and ghosts, framed by the somewhat antic commentary by the one outsider, Nick's first mate and best friend Spooner (DeRay Davis), the only black character in sight. Though Spooner initially works overtime to "fit in" with the white folk, whooping and drinking and training his video camera on bikinied girls during a nighttime cruise with Nick's dead-meat cousin, he's eventually quite eager to dissociate himself. When the townies are informed, "The sins of the fathers are visited upon the heads of the children," Spooner rightly shouts, "Keep my father out of this. I'm from Chicago!"

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