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The Fog Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Not much gore, but still too intense for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has violence, as ghostly sea zombies slash into living folks with their cutlasses. This happens in quick "shock" edits, which are careful to leave the worst of it to your imagination. Still the director's favorite trick seems to be a nice, shiny blade suddenly popping out of a victim who's been run clean through. The movie is still too violent for kids and tweens.

  • Families can talk about how the victims in this movie seem particularly innocent and remote from the foul deed of their ancestors. You could talk about this and the Biblical idea of "the sins of the fathers" and apply it to real events. Putting aside the killer undead lepers for a while, should people a century in the future be held accountable for such atrocities as Pearl Harbor? The Holocaust? September 11? Slavery?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There's no one you would want your kid imitating.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Indiscriminate killing by swords and gaffing-hooks, and victims including a grandmotherly old-lady babysitter. One dead body seems to have had its eyes poked out. No extreme blood-spatter gore, at least.

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    Sex: Hitchhiker Elizabeth and motorist Nick are shown in bed together the morning after they meet. Other men make mildly suggestive remarks about their attractions to Stevie.

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    Language: The F-word is uttered once.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of beer consumed, and Pastor Malone is an alcoholic.