Whether you're a cover hound or not, you can always appreciate the Factory's offering of two covers on their limited edition Blu-ray releases. The Fog is no different sporting Justin Osborn's rich, spooky cover with focus on the whole cast and not just Jamie Lee Curtis. It's nice to get a fresh dose of the Atkins, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau and, yes, even JLC on the cover. You still have the option to enjoy the original artwork on the reverse side. My understanding is that the artwork on some of the Scream Factory discs is a bit divisive. Either you love and respect a new take on a classic film or nostalgia winds its gnarled hand around your brain steam and prevents all new opinions or perceptions from coalescing. I for one am a fan of both covers and will stick with the Osbourn art; the infamous JLC/Door picture is burned into my retina just fine.
If you are unfamiliar with The Fog you've certainly got a treat in front of you. The Fog is the story of a small town with a filthy past, a nasty case of ghostly marauders and some fairly pea soup atmospheric conditions. The Fog is a ghostly revenge story that takes an unsuspecting town and murders it slowly at the end of a swashbuckle and without the courtesy of a Yo He Ho. Oh yeah, and there's lots of fog. Not sure if the title gave that away. When I was a kid I remember the TV commercials with billowing vats of fog dumping through ever sequence. Quite honestly I thought it obscured the visual something fierce, but we've come along way since that piece of furniture television set, remoteless and screaming of ozone. Truth be told, the seafairers are terrifying and they must be stopped.
Trailer Not from the Blu-ray
What you look for when you watch The Fog... if you're a newbie that is. Well the first thing I urge you to do is listen. This a John Carpenter score that is more complex than the ever popular Halloween score. Operating purely on gorgeous 80's synth riffs with pounding bass and high pitched melodic interludes, you're in for the experience of a movie that wants to creep you out. Make sure to enjoy, appreciate and love Jamie Lee Curtis, still a Scream Queen and in the loving arms of an un-moustached Tom Atkins. Also appreciate Scream Queen Adrienne Barbeau as Stevie Wayne, one of the premiere horror DJ's of the modern age. Could Caroline Williams have been the vinyl vixen of Texas Chainsaw Massacre II if it were not for the pioneering efforts of Barbeau?
You can pick up John Carpenter's The Fog from DiabolikDVD HERE or visit the Scream Factory site to pre-order your copy.
Tell 'em Stevie sent ya!