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The Fog (2005) I would hardly have expected it, but John Carpenter has co-produced a remake of The Fog that actually manages to be even more inertly inept… 2005-10-14 PG-13 PT100M Horror Maggie Grace Tom Welling Selma Blair Columbia Pictures
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The Fog (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Maggie Grace, The Fog | GRACE IS STILL LOST Just when you thought it was safe: condensation!
Image credit: THE FOG: Rob McEwan
GRACE IS STILL LOST Just when you thought it was safe: condensation!
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Release Date: Oct 14, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Maggie Grace and Tom Welling; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

I would hardly have expected it, but John Carpenter has co-produced a remake of The Fog that actually manages to be even more inertly inept than his 1980 original. Both films suffer from the same visceral-conceptual letdown: Fog, which was a creepy mood setter about...oh, I don't know, 65 years ago, isn't really all that scary, and so our hopes of being enveloped in a cloudy gray haze of fear give way to the depressing realization that we're watching a movie about boring old ghosts — banal apparitions who hide in fog. Selma Blair, the one vibrant actress in a cast of colorless screamers (including Tom Welling from Smallville and Maggie Grace from Lost), takes Adrienne Barbeau's old role of a night-owl DJ in a small coastal town haunted by the crimes of its murderous founders. There's a ramshackle anything-goes desperation to the effects: We're meant to be unsettled by digital spectres, reckless Mack trucks, and rotting old pirates who look every bit as terrifying as the guy on the Fisherman's Friend cold-lozenge box.

Originally posted Oct 19, 2005 Published in issue #847 Oct 28, 2005 Order article reprints