The Fog (2005)

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Lame remake of 1980 horror movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Brutal murders in the past lead to angry ghosts' return, in search of revenge.


Assaults involve penetrations (knives, glass shards); the ghosts kill a dog, leaving its mangled body on a pier.


Girls in bikinis and underwear attacked by ghosts; brief, golden-lit shower-then-sex scene.


Mild, including "hell," "damn," and "ass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Smoking and drinking (a priest is drunk every time he's on screen).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this horror movie includes several jump scenes, lots of spooky darkness, and ghosts. None of these are especially effective, but as they are accompanied by a pushy soundtrack, they might make some viewers start. Characters drink, smoke, and make lewd comments; girls in bikinis dance provocatively for a young man with a video camera; and a pretty girl in her underwear is troubled by ghosts in a dark house. A young couple showers together (close-ups of golden wet body surfaces, not particularly explicit) and then has sex, in similar soft golden light and facial close-ups. Victims in flashback scenes are lepers, and their faces are disfigured; their ghost versions are skeletal and ghastly. Violence is mostly penetrative, by glass shards and knives (one character is stabbed in his eyes). Characters are also drowned or nearly drowned; a car tumbles off a cliff into the sea; the fog seeps and creeps; buildings, ships, and bodies burn; and one of the ghosts keeps pounding thunderously on doors.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBtolbe October 4, 2020

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... Continue reading
Adult Written bySample April 9, 2008

Chomped my nails

this movie goes to show what can happen when people do not honor their word.
Very vengful, some violence that is in keeping with the movie. (explaination purpos...
Teen, 13 years old Written byFilms123 October 20, 2019

Pathetic excuse for a movie

You might have noticed I recommended this film for 2+. That is because this is one of the most terrible films I have ever seen. The lack of subtlety is absolut... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 23, 2017

Great Remake!

In my opinion, I don't think this movie is lame, but it does have a good load of violence that will disturb you ultimately. And none of the inappropriate o... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nick (Tom Welling) lives on Antonio Island off the Oregon coast, where self-important local mucky-mucks -- including the mayor (Kenneth Welsh), Mrs. Williams (Sara Botsford), and the miserable, perpetually drunk Father Malone (Adrian Hough) -- are inaugurating a memorial to the town founders. The founders, it turns out, brutally murdered a company of lepers, whose ghosts have been unleashed and are out to kill the founders' descendants.

Is it any good?

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!"

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the movie compares to other horror movies and ask their teens why these types of movies have such appeal. Why do most horror movies follow a predictable pattern?

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