There's a part of my childhood that's really excited for this restoration. Maybe it's knowing there's a small genetic component that makes me love this type of old-school horror flick. After all, John Carpenter is my grandfather's cousin.
New York-based Rialto Pictures will release John Carpenter’s landmark horror movie THE FOG on October 26, 2018, in its first-ever major restoration. The horror classic will be shown in a full 4K restoration from Studiocanal. It opens October 26 for limited runs at the Metrograph, in New York, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Additional screenings will take place the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.
THE FOG is one of many of Uncle John's films I watched at an all-too-young of an age. Carpenter’s first post-Halloween venture into the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic vein that he would continue to mine in films like The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987), THE FOG depicts the seaside California town of Antonio Bay in the grips of an ancient curse and a creeping mist. Drenched in malevolent atmosphere and packing an ensemble cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook, and the mother-daughter duo of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, this is the director at his ingenious, chilling best, servicing a contemporary taste for gore while simultaneously evoking the spirit of Val Lewton.
Out of theatrical release for years due to faded, unplayable prints, THE FOG can now be viewed again as it was intended, with the restoration of its breathtaking color cinematography by Dean Cundey (Escape From New York, Back To The Future (I-III), Apollo 13, Romancing The Stone), who deftly captured both the daylight beauty of the Point Reyes shore and the ghostly goings-on in the dark, eerie night.
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