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The Fog Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Selma Blair, the one vibrant actress in a cast of colorless screamers (including Tom Welling from Smallville and Maggie Grace from Lost), takes Adrienne Barbeau's old role.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Director Rupert Wainwright fails to bring any style to the material, not producing a fraction of the suspense or wit generated by Carpenter in the original even while working with a far lesser budget.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Lame remake of 1980 horror movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror movie includes several jump scenes, lots of spooky darkness, and ghosts. None of these are especially effective, but as they are accompanied by a pushy soundtrack, they might make some viewers start. Characters drink, smoke, and make lewd comments; girls in bikinis dance provocatively for a young man with a video camera; and a pretty girl in her underwear is troubled by ghosts in a dark house. A young couple showers together (close-ups of golden wet body surfaces, not particularly explicit) and then has sex, in similar soft golden light and facial close-ups. Victims in flashback scenes are lepers, and their faces are disfigured; their ghost versions are skeletal and ghastly. Violence is mostly penetrative, by glass shards and knives (one character is stabbed in his eyes). Characters are also drowned or nearly drowned; a car tumbles off a cliff into the sea; the fog seeps and creeps; buildings, ships, and bodies burn; and one of the ghosts keeps pounding thunderously on doors.

  • Families can talk about how the movie compares to other horror movies and ask their teens why these types of movies have such appeal. Why do most horror movies follow a predictable pattern?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Brutal murders in the past lead to angry ghosts' return, in search of revenge.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Assaults involve penetrations (knives, glass shards); the ghosts kill a dog, leaving its mangled body on a pier.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Girls in bikinis and underwear attacked by ghosts; brief, golden-lit shower-then-sex scene.

  • language false3

    Language: Mild, including "hell," "damn," and "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking and drinking (a priest is drunk every time he's on screen).