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On the 21st of April, We Celebrate ‘The Fog’

11:55, almost midnight. Enough time for one more story. One more story before 12:00, just to keep us warm. In five minutes, it will be the 21st of April. 100 years ago on the 21st of April, out in the waters around Spivey Point, a small clipper ship drew toward land. Suddenly, out of the night, the fog rolled in. For a moment, they could see nothing, not a foot in front of them.”

This is of course the start of the monologue that begins John Carpenter’s The Fog, relayed by actor John Houseman. His character goes on to explain that the Elizabeth Dane crashed into the rocks on that night 100 years ago, sending the entire crew deep down into a watery grave. Legend has it that whenever the fog returns to Antonio Bay, the ghosts of the ship return with it.

I remember the exact day that I fell in love with The Fog. It was on a Friday night, July 16th of 2010. I remember this because on that night, I attended a double feature of The Fog and Halloween 3 in Rochester, New York – an event hosted by t-shirt company Fright Rags and attended by none other than the star of both films, Tom Atkins. I had seen it at least a couple of times over the years, but it wasn’t until I saw The Fog in 35mm on that night that I realized just how much I adored it. As I wrote back then, “it might be my favorite Carpenter flick of all time.”

Of course, choosing a favorite John Carpenter movie is a nearly impossible task, but The Fog makes a pretty good case for being looked up to as peak Carpenter. The score, composed and performed by Carpenter himself, is one of the eeriest in the horror genre’s history, and the atmospheric visuals effectively turn simple low-lying clouds into the stuff of nightmares.

A truly scary horror movie never quite exits your subconscious. And you better believe that every time I encounter thick fog, I wonder what (or who) is waiting for me on the other side.

The Fog is a chilling masterpiece that only John Carpenter could have made (I know this because someone else tried and it was absolutely terrible), and I’m looking forward to my annual tradition of giving it a re-watch tonight: the night of April 21st. It may not be ever be considered an official holiday, but if Alien gets its own “Alien Day,” then we hereby christen April 21st “Fog Day.”

So happy Fog Day, friends. You know how you should celebrate.



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COMMENTS

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  • Cameron Shepherd

    I watch this on the 21st of April every year without fail. Have done for years I’m sad like that lol.

    • Judge Satchmo

      I never like to correct people’s comments but you accidentally used the word “sad”, the word you were looking for was “awesome” Siri does that to me all the time too.

      • Cameron Shepherd

        Lol awesome it is lol.

  • Munchie

    Carpenter’s best film in my opinion. Yep, I said it.

  • McGilli

    As long as we never, ever celebrate the remake!

  • Judge Satchmo

    The Thing is, and forever shall be Carpenter’s masterpiece. However the Fog is a close second in my book. The opening campfire scene was added later, and it couldn’t be more perfect. This is an old school ghost story that never disappoints. Thank god it was never remade into a horrible teen flick staring some popular tv star trying to make the jump to film. What’s that you are trying to say? Yes it was? Rubbish I retort. Get behind me Satan. I have no time for your lies.

    • The Drucifer

      THE THING is for sure his best film but I always go to bat for PRINCE OF DARKNESS. I fucking love that movie.

    • Sky Commander

      My Favorite Carpenter films in order…

      Halloween
      The Thing
      Big Trouble in Little China
      Escape from New York
      The Fog

      • Un Gsund

        for me its way easier to say wich movie isnt my favorite 😉

        the ward
        ghosts of mars

  • Elizabeth

    Every time we have thick fog where I live, I say something about ghost pirates and I’ve yet to have anyone know what the hell I’m talking about. At this point, I’d even take “Scooby-Doo” as an answer.

  • The Drucifer

    KNow what I’m doing tonight

    • Creepshow

      Not getting laid? Oh wait…that’s me.
      Carry on.

      • The Drucifer

        Im married so the chances of sex are in a constant fluctuation. Like tides on a planet with no moon…my penis hates my life.

        • Creepshow

          Yup, I’m married too. Hey, The Fog is sounding better and BETTER tonight. Satisfaction guaranteed!

  • RJ MacReady

    Couldn’t agree more John. I absolutely love The Fog and was traumatized watching it at about 6 years old. Sure, it’s a bit corny now but it’s still one of Carpenters top 3 movies.
    The remake however, was an abomination.

  • Rohan

    Watching it right now

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    Awesome film and easily one of the most atmospheric horror movies ever made.

  • KnightDrive

    I guess I’m ordering a large pizza and watching this masterpiece tonight for the 5th time this year, TOM ATKINS IS KING.

    • Judge Satchmo

      I have to work damn it. But don’t you worry none, when I see the Fog start to roll in across the bay I’ll give you a shout.

  • Sky Commander

    Will be watching at exactly 11:55 tonight

  • Brian VonDerahe

    I can say without hesitation that The Fog is my favorite Carpenter movie. Not his best by any means but a very satisfying entry for the ghost story fanatics like myself.

  • J Jett

    Carpenter’s THE FOG is my #1 fave Carpenter film and it’s in my top 3 favorite horror movies ever. i just love everything about it (the cast, the setting, the music, the atmosphere/creepiness, etc.).

  • ShadowInc

    That remake has to be in the top 10 worst horror remakes ever.

  • J Jett

    so true Necro! i remember reading an interview (during the remake’s production) with Tom Welling and he not only seemed to show disrespect for the original film but he was making fun of Tom Atkin’s scars (on his face). i remember reading that interview and my jaw kind of dropped. it showed major insecurity/nastiness from Welling. oh and Tom Atkins is awesome! 🙂

  • J Jett

    LOL! i had no idea Dekker said that about ELM ST! lol.

  • Simon Allen

    Love Love Love this movie so much …..when I first saw it at the movies way back when. I was so scared by the end I could hardly stand and I was shaking with fear (those were the days !).
    I still love it now …it’s such a perfect little move and wonderfully old fashioned in it’s structure, script and performances and to this day it looks absolutely beautiful .
    It will always be one of my favourites and I will always marvel at how utterly inept the remake was .

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