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THE FOG


Year: 2005
USA: Columbia Pictures
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Rade Sherbedgia, Selma Blair, DeRay Davis, Kenneth Welsh, Adrian Hough, Sara Botsford, Cole Heppell, Mary Black, Jonathon Young, R Nelson Brown, Christian Bocher, Douglas H Arthurs, Yves Cameron, Charles Andre, Matthew Currie Holmes, Sonja Bennett, Meghan Heffern, Alex Bruhanski, Dan Shea, Rick Pearce, Robert Harper, Eric Breker, Caley Honeywell, Stefan Arngrim, Steven Cree Molison, Bonnie Panych, Sherri McLean, Xantha Radley, Abigail Winter-Culliford, Tatiana Szalay, John Destry
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Country: USA
UK: 100 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief sexuality
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate horror and violence
USA Release Date: 14 October 2005
UK Release Date: 24 February 2006

Synopsis

Horror remake of John Carpenter's movie THE FOG (1980) and directed by Rupert Wainwright.

In Revolution Studio's horror/thriller THE FOG there really is something out there in the dark.

In the small town of Antonio Bay, a terrifying and malevolent force hidden within a thick and deadly fog terrorizes the local residents. Shrouded by the mist is a ghastly mystery of merciless revenge, one that the town's inhabitants would do well to unravel before it's too late.

In 1871, as an eerie mist was rising over the sea, four men committed an unspeakable crime. The crew and all the passengers of a clipper ship sank to a watery grave. Their lives lost, their names forgotten, their stories remained unfinished and untold as an impenetrable fog concealed the murderers' grisly secret for several generations. Now the restless spirits of the dead surface, determined to reveal the past and bring this perfidious crime to light.

When Nick Castle (Tom Welling) captain of the charter boat captain Sea Grass and his first mate Brett Spooner (DeRay Davis) unknowingly hook their anchor on an old sea bag wedged between rocks on the ocean floor and spill its contents, they trigger a series of terrifying events that will have deadly consequences on their small island, Antonio Bay.

Artefacts from the past begin washing ashore an old gold hairbrush, an antique pocket watch, a gold music box and the vengeful spirits of their previous owners are unleashed on Antonio Bay.

Yet even before these ghostly personal effects surface, the past and present are already in conflict within the small population of Antonio Bay. The generations are divided about using the town's limited financial resources on a statue honoring four of its heroic founding fathers Patrick Malone, David Williams, Norman Castle and Richard Wayne. Nick Castle, a direct descendent of one of the town's founders would rather see the money invested in repairing the town's dock and sea wall much to the displeasure of Antonio Bay's elderly mayor, Tom Malone (Kenneth Welsh) and Kathy Williams (Sara Botsford), the town's historian.

Elizabeth Williams (Maggie Grace) returns to Antonio Bay to visit her mother Kathy, from whom she has become estranged since Elizabeth abruptly moved away. Her ex-boyfriend Nick still cares for her even though she left town without telling him and he and Elizabeth tentatively reconnect.

In the original film version of THE FOG, directed by John Carpenter, Elizabeth (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), is an outsider who hitches a ride into town and is caught in a nightmare not of her own making. In the updated version, Elizabeth also hitchhikes into town, but she was born and raised there, which strengthens the film's past-meets-present theme.

Nick and Elizabeth's relationship is further complicated by Nick's dalliance with Stevie Wayne (Selma Blair), keeper of the lighthouse, which is dedicated to her great-great grandfather. Stevie is the disc jockey of the local radio station, which she also owns and broadcasts from the lighthouse. She is a single mom, who has provided Nick with more than good conversation while Elizabeth was away.

Spooner warns Nick about his infidelity, but it falls on deaf ears though Spooner can hardly be considered a credible advisor on the subject. No sooner does Nick head off to a secret rendezvous with Stevie than Spooner organizes a "booze cruise" on the Sea Grass. The party passengers include several beautiful women, Sean, Nick's cousin and a camcorder for Spooner to tape the festivities. However, the fun and games quickly turn into gruesome horror the moment the ominous fog rolls in. Spooner is the only survivor of the havoc raised by the deadly fog.

The spirits' revenge has begun...










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