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    Sometimes They Come Back is here to take a look at the horror genre and its love for remakes! We’ll be discussing both the original movie and its remake (sometimes multiple remakes) in detail before deciding who comes out on top! Are the originals always the best? Let’s find out!

    This month for Sometimes They Come Back, I decided to pay a second visit to a remake I remembered hating the first time I watched it way back when it came out, and have pretty much avoided ever since – The Fog (2005). Giving myself an excuse to watch my beautiful new Blu Ray of the original The Fog (1980) was a great way to soften the blow of watching this potentially awful remake. Have my opinions changed over time? Did watching both movies within a day of each other do the remake any favours? Let’s take a deep dive into both films before we pick our winner! 

    The Fog (1980)

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    If you’re a fan of Halloween (1978) or Prince of Darkness (1987), then chances are John Carpenter’s The Fog is going to be right up your street. Right from the title sequence and the first notes of the soundtrack, you can tell this film is peak Carpenter, which can only lead to good results. 

    The movie opens when an elderly captain telling a story around a campfire to a bunch of local children as the time creeps closer to midnight – the witching hour. He tells the story of an old clipper ship called the Elizabeth Dane, which crashed on the shore 100 years ago due to being confused by a campfire on the beach and an almost unnatural fog. All the men on board the ship died, and the fog disappeared as quickly as it had arrived. 

    As the clock strikes midnight, we’re introduced to Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau), local radio show host, who plays the part of the sultry-voiced narrator-type character in the film, with her presence being felt in most scenes through the medium of radio. It’s around this time that the town starts to fall apart slightly. All the payphones start ringing at the same time, the shelves begin to shake in a local store, car alarms start going off by themselves, and in the local church, a brick falls out of the wall, uncovering an old journal which is found by Father Malone. 

    Just outside of Antonio Bay, our film’s setting which is about to celebrate its 100th birthday, Nick Castle (Tom Atkins with a character name that pays homage to the actor who plays Michael Myers in the 1978 version of Halloween) picks up a young hitchhiker called Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis) who is trying to make her way to Canada. As the pair drive and engage in some harmless flirting, all the windows of Nick’s truck suddenly explode inwards. 

    Meanwhile, Stevie has a working/flirty relationship with Dan the weatherman, who between the flirty banter informs her that a massive fog bank is making its way towards the town. Cut to three men getting drunk on a fishing boat, lusting over Stevie’s voice but debating her weather skills as the horizon seems free of fog to them. However, the glowing fog bank sneaks up on them pretty quickly, and out of it comes a ghostly clipper ship, complete with a lot of silhouetted but menacing-looking crew members. The crew tries to make their escape, but the boat won’t start, and every dial is shattered as the fog closes in on them and all three crew members are brutally murdered by the ghostly clipper ship inhabitants.

    Meanwhile, Nick has got over the trauma of all his truck windows getting panned in by taking Elizabeth to bed. I mean, it’s Tom Atkins, I do not blame you Elizabeth. As they lie in bed, getting to know each other, there is an ominous knock at Nick’s door. Elizabeth tries to persuade him from answering the door, but Nick is having none of it. Luckily the clock strikes 1 am as Nick opens the door, and the shadowy figure that is mid-hook swing disappears into the melting fog. 

    It turns out that the boat that was attacked by the ghostly clipper ship from the night before belongs to Nick, and when he finds out it hasn’t returned after a night at sea, he and Elizabeth head out to track it down. The generator is full of water, even though the rest of the boat is dry, and when Elizabeth notices that all the gages are broken, she points out that it looks awfully similar to what happened to Nick’s car windows. While they sit and wait for help to arrive, the body of one of the attacked men from the night before falls onto Elizabeth.

    Back in town, Kathy (Janet Leigh) who is overseeing the town’s birthday celebrations, and her assistant, Sandy (Nancy Loomis) head over to the church to talk to Father Malone. Father Malone decides to share what he has discovered in the recently uncovered diary. A colony of rich lepers and their leader, Blake, approached the town founders, including Father Malone’s ancestor. They wanted to better their situation and were looking to purchase some land to settle in where they could be left in peace. Disgusted at the thought of lepers settling so close to them, and driven to greed by the idea of all that sweet leper gold, the town founders decide to kill the leper colony and take the money for themselves. From midnight till 1 am they planned the death of Blake and his people, and they set in motion the plan that caused Blake’s ship, the Elizabeth Dane, to crash on the shore, killing everyone on board. The town founders then used the gold to build and improve the town. Father Malone thinks the town is cursed, and perhaps this goes some way to explaining why so many bad things happened the previous night.

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    Stevie’s son, Andy, spots what looks like an old coin on the beach, which magically turns into a piece of wood with “DANE” inscribed into it. After, showing it to Stevie, she takes it to work with her, where it mysteriously starts to leak water all over her equipment. The inscription on the piece of wood briefly changes to say “6 must die” before the equipment goes on fire. Stevie phones Andy at home and tells him to stay away from the beach, for fear of him finding more freaky leper memorabilia.

    Nick and Elizabeth have accompanied the dead body of Baxter to the morgue, with the other two men from the fishing boat missing, and we find out it looked as though he drowned. He has saltwater in his lungs, is covered in seaweed, and looks as though he’s been in the water for about a month. As Nick and the doctor step outside, Elizabeth is left alone as Baxter’s corpse reanimates behind her. He grabs a scalpel and collapses after lunging at Elizabeth. When Nick and the doctor reenter the room, they find the corpse lying on the floor, and a number 3 carved beside him. 

    That night of the town’s birthday festivities arrive, and while most people are out celebrating, Nick and Elizabeth are in a local bar listening to Stevie on the radio. Nick calls Stevie to discuss the weird fog, as Stevie had a pretty good view of it when it took over the town the night before. Nick and Elizabeth decide to head out to Stevie’s radio station at the local lighthouse to discuss the fog and try and figure out what is happening. 

    Dan the weatherman calls up Stevie for another chat and to inform her a second fog bank is headed for the town. When Stevie announces this on the radio, Nick decides to turn the car around and head towards the weather station instead, as the fog has already reached Dan. As the power goes out at the weather station, there’s a knock at the door. Even though Stevie begs him not to open the door, Dan ignores her, somewhat condescendingly, and gets a ghost hook to his face for the trouble. 

    Stevie makes a plea for the town sheriff on the radio, but when he breaks away from the town’s celebrations to call her, the fog fries the phone lines, as well as the entire power supply for the town. Luckily for Stevie, the lighthouse has a generator to ensure the radio station is never out of service, and so she takes to the airwaves to make a desperate plea for someone to go and check on her son, as she watches her house about to be swallowed by the fog. 

    After finding the weather station empty, Nick and Elizabeth hear Stevie over the radio, and head to her house to rescue Andy. Andy’s babysitter, Mrs Kobritz, has instructed him to close all the windows, but once again there’s a ghostly knock at the door. Mrs Kobritz tells Andy to hide in his bedroom, and just as Andy leaves, she is brutally murdered by a group of waiting ghosts. As the fog seeps through the house, the knock arrives at Andy’s door. Just as a hook smashes through it, Nick arrives at the window and rescues Andy.

    Stevie is keeping the town informed of the location of the fog, and it turns out that the only road in town which is still clear is the one leading to the church. Because of this, Nick, Elizabeth, Andy, Kathy, Sandy, and Father Malone all end up trapped in the church together, as Stevie retreats to the roof of the lighthouse to try and escape the hook-wielding ghosts. 

    After consulting with Father Malone’s ancestor’s journal, the group work out that the ghosts want to kill six islanders to take the place of the six conspirators who murdered the leper colony, as well as the return of their stolen fortune. With the three fishermen, Dan, and Mrs Kobritz already dead, there’s only one life left to claim. Father Malone realises that the gold was melted down into the church’s cross, and heads out into the church with the cross in hand, in the hopes that the gold and his sacrifice will save the rest of the town from the lepers’ vengeance. 

    Father Malone faces off with Blake, telling him he is the sixth conspirator and he wants to return the stolen gold to him. Blake grabs the cross as Father Malone holds on to it, and it starts to glow and melt. At the last minute, Nick swoops in and saves Father Malone, as the ghosts disappear with the cross, and the fog finally fades away. The ghosts attacking Stevie also disappear just as they have finally cornered her on the roof. 

    Everything seems to have returned to normal, but as Father Malone wanders the church alone, he wonders, “Why not six, Blake? Why not me?” Just then, the fog reappears, the pews are again filled with the revenge-fuelled lepers, and Blake chops Father Malone’s head off, finally claiming their sixth victim. 

    The Fog (2005)

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    As far as remakes go, the 2005 version of The Fog was produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, who co-wrote the original together, so you would think it might have a good shot at being pretty decent. I, sadly, had already seen this film before I watched it for this article, so I knew exactly what I was getting into. 

    One thing I will say about The Fog is the opening song is Sugar, We’re Going Down by Fall Out Boy, so it does get some points from me for that. We are again introduced to Stevie, the husky-voiced radio host played by Selma Blair, who tells us the town is honouring its founding fathers, one of whom was her great grandfather. 

    Nick (Tom Welling) and Spooner are out on their fishing boat when the anchor gets stuck as Tom is trying to pull it back up. Under the sea, we see it stuck on a bag of treasure that Ariel would be proud of. As the anchor finally breaks free, the treasure spills into the ocean. We also see a dog get melted as the fog creeps in from the sea because apparently, the fog itself is toxic now.

    As Nick is driving on the outskirts of town, he picks up Elizabeth (Maggie Grace), his ex-girlfriend who has been out of town for some time. However, it’s like she’s never been away, as she and Nick immediately kiss. Once they arrive back in town, Elizabeth is approached Machen, who found one of the treasures, a pocket watch, from the sunken bag after it washed up on the beach. “If you touch it, things will change,” he mutters at her before she touches the watch and it begins to tick again. They also come across Father Malone, who is drunk and raging at the town for no apparent reason. 

    Meanwhile, Spooner is abusing his use of Nick’s fishing boat by holding the type of sexy, drunken party we only ever see in a horror movie right before people die. The boat breaks down, and as the terrible CGI fog rolls in, the scantily-clad women on the boat decide to pop their clothes back on and shut the party down. Nick’s cousin is also on board, and of course, the men were filming the women, so the still-functioning camera is laid down in a convenient place to catch all the action. One of the women draws a set of scales in the condensation of the cabin’s window before an unseen force attacks both women, and Nick’s cousin gets a fog knife to the head.

    Since Elizabeth has been back in town, she has started having strange dreams about a boat and thinks it might be the reason why she was drawn back to her hometown. She tries to research the pocket watch from earlier, including Googling (yes, they could actually afford to use Google and not some weird, made-up search engine) the hallmark she saw on the back, which was also a set of scales. However, her computer malfunctions before she can get very far, with the word ‘DANE’ briefly appearing on the screen. Above her, dripping footprints appear on the ceiling before ghostly knocking lures her outside, though there is no one there. 

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    Back on the beach, Stevie’s son, Andy, finds the hairbrush from the bag washed up on the shore, which also features the same hallmark as the pocket watch. Elizabeth discovers while doing some research that the scales are the mark of an old trading colony which was affected by an outbreak of leprosy. 

    Nick and Elizabeth find out Nick’s boat is missing, and so they head out into the ocean to see what’s going on. Once on-board, they find Nick’s cousin and the two women dead, as well as Spooner hiding in the boat’s freezer claiming that the fog killed his fellow passengers. Elizabeth and Nick decide to steal Spooner’s video camera before the police arrive so they can see what really happened on the boat, and hopefully clear their friend of any murder accusations. 

    While Nick is dealing with the aftermath of the boat accident, Elizabeth decides to watch the videotape in a building at the docks. While the tape exonerates Spooner of being involved in the murders and shows that it was some unseen force that killed everyone, Elizabeth manages to fall into the water, destroying the camera in the process. However, she does uncover the diary of Patrick Malone, an ancestor of Father Malone, as well as having flashbacks of herself drowning in what appears to be a past life. 

    Stevie has taken the hairbrush her son found to the radio station with her, and weatherman Dan has sent her a webcam so he can see her while he’s talking to her. Unnoticed by Stevie the hairbrush seems to be omitting ghostly sounds, such as music, loud bangs, and screams before Stevie’s equipment breaks and is branded with those pesky scales that have been popping up everywhere. 

    While at the morgue, Elizabeth is attacked by one of the corpses from the boat, which rasps “blood for blood” at her before he collapses. Elizabeth tries to share her research, and what she has found from Malone’s diary with Nick, but Nick isn’t inclined to believe her and initially dismisses her worries. She’s particularly worried because the journal seems to describe the recurring dream she’s been having since she returned to town. 

    That night the fog starts rolling back into town, and weatherman Dan gets in touch with Stevie to share the news with her. Lucky Dan sent her that webcam because it means she gets to watch him die in a fireball as he’s thrown through the window of the weather station. Stevie makes a desperate plea over the radio for someone to go and check on her son, because his babysitter, Aunt Connie, is fucking terrible, but then gets in a car and starts to make the journey herself anyway. Unfortunately, her car is broken by the fog, and in the thickness of it, she’s knocked off the road by a passing truck and into the sea. 

    Back at Stevie’s house, Aunt Connie has suggested they close all the windows, but a little thing like that isn’t going to stop these foggy lepers. As Aunt Connie sorts the dishes in the sink, the fog seeps up the plughole, where a ghostly arm grabs her, causing her to melt. Andy tries to tape up his bedroom door to save himself from the fog, but it begins to seep through the cracks anyway. Luckily, Nick shows up just in time to save him. 

    When the group make it back to town, they meet up with Stevie and head to the town museum to seek sanctuary along with Elizabeth’s mother, Father Malone, and Spooner. Between the diary and Father Malone (who apparently knew the backstory of the town the entire time, hence being drunk and raging), the group find out the real story about their founding fathers.

    When the founding fathers found out a leper colony wanted to purchase some land nearby, they decided to take the steps they needed to protect their town. The group board the leper’s ship, the Elizabeth Dane, steals all their money and precious possessions, and then set the ship on fire. We see Blake, the leader of the lepers, and his wife Elizabeth sink under the water, along with the bag of belongings that’s been plaguing the town since the start of the movie. 

    We find out the entire group assembled in the museum are related to the original founding fathers in one way or another, with Elizabeth’s mother, Father Malone and others quickly being killed off. Elizabeth ventures outside to try and prevent the ghosts from killing anyone else, and that’s when Blake’s spirit notices her. Even though she is the descendant of one of the founding fathers, she’s also the reincarnation of Blake’s wife. The two share a kiss, causing Elizabeth to turn into a ghost, and the entire leper crew takes their leave, as Nick watches on horrified. The next day we see him throwing Malone’s journal into the sea.

    The Fog (1980) vs The Fog (2005) – The Final Verdict 

    The Women

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    Let’s talk about the women in both versions of The Fog, and how the remake fails the strong cast of characters that Carpenter’s original movie establishes so well. In a film where the whole catalyst behind the events is the bad decisions of a group of men, it makes sense to place the emphasis on women in our band of present-day protagonists. As well as the central characters of Elizabeth and Stevie, we also have Kathy and Sandy who manage to face-off with the ghostly lepers and live to tell the tale in the 1980 version.

    Stevie herself is quite an amazing character in the original, and never actually shares any screen time with the rest of our central characters apart from her son. She spends almost the entirety of the film secluded away in her lighthouse, and yet she is instrumental in ensuring the survival of the rest of the group. She devotes all her energy to informing the townsfolk of where the fog is and how they can avoid it. She fights until she ends up surrounded on the roof, her only concern being that of her son and the people who are protecting him. Stevie also has no knowledge of what is going on in the town, unlike the main group who have the journal to help explain what is going on, and she is the only person to take on a leper head-to-head and survive, as well as giving us an excellent shot of what the ghosts really look like close-up. 

    Stevie in the remake, however, loses a lot of the character’s charm, and only seems to retain the sexiness. As well as the attentions of weatherman Dan, there’s also a scene that implies a previous relationship between Stevie and Nick, perhaps in an attempt to integrate her more into the core group of characters. However, remake Stevie is robbed of her primary purpose – directing the characters to safety and trying her best to look after the townsfolk. When the lepers start full-on attacking, Stevie escapes the lighthouse relatively easily, even if she does crash her car, and makes it back to town and her son to be part of the final showdown with everyone else. However, this removes an entire level of threat from the ending. Stevie is on her own in the original, with no way of stopping the ghosts herself, and no knowledge of the fact that the townsfolk are trying to stop it all at the church. She also has no idea if her son is safe, or if anyone else has survived. The unknown, teamed with the advancing ghosts, makes the experience double terrifying for Stevie. 

    In the original movie, we also have Kathy, who is in charge of organising the town’s anniversary celebrations and is already stressed to the max when the film begins. It turns out her husband is one of the fishermen who goes missing on the boat, and yet she powers through, focusing on her work and trying to do what is best for the town. Her character in the remake also doubles as Elizabeth’s mother, and only acts as an antagonist to Elizabeth, giving her a hard time for leaving town in the first place, before she’s unceremoniously dragged out a window and killed. 

    Even Elizabeth suffers a great deal of character dilution in the remake, though she does remain a main character. Original Elizabeth isn’t a native of Antonio Bay, but merely passing through as she hitchhikes, and yet she ends up right at the centre of the action and proves a pillar of support for Tom. She’s brave, doesn’t think twice about sleeping with an attractive man she’s just met and is more than happy to accompany Nick to find out what has happened to his missing boat. She also helps him when he goes to rescue Stevie’s son, putting her safety to the side, and throwing herself into trying to protect the town and its residents. Remake Elizabeth is reduced to two love stories. She’s had a previous relationship with Nick, which she falls back into with ease, and she also has a past-life relationship with Blake. While she is responsible for finding the journal which outs the founding fathers, her initial discoveries are rejected by Nick, who basically accuses her of acting like a hysterical woman, and because he already doesn’t believe the significance of her dreams. It also seems more natural for her to insert herself into the town’s drama because this is where she grew up, as well as the fact that her mother is in danger. 

    Overall, while the remake still has a lot of female characters, they lack a certain something present in the original. The original groups see our female characters split up all over the town, helping other characters such as Father Malone and Nick before the final showdown. Without the women, the events of the film would play out very differently, whereas, in the remake, Nick feels very much like our main character, with Elizabeth floating along with him.

    As Sydney Urbanek said in her excellent article ‘WIHM “Stay away from the door!”: The Women of John Carpenter’s ‘The Fog’’ for Screen Queens, “The women of this film go unnecessary lengths to save the men of Antonio Bay, or to keep them company while they run for their lives…without these women and their actions, The Fog would be a 10-minute short film of men gladly opening doors for ghosts.”

    The Backstory

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    The backstory, in its most basic form, is the same in both versions of the movie. Lepers, wanting a better life for themselves, try to buy land near to Antonio Bay, and are then screwed over by the island’s greedy and leper-wary founding fathers. However, there are a few key differences. 

    In the original movie, the killing of the lepers is quite passive as murders go. A misleading fire on the beach, teamed with some well-timed fog sees the leper ship crashing and therefore killing everyone on board. The founding fathers then take the money to help build the church and grow the town, though we later find out Father Malone’s ancestor made a cross from the stolen gold, which was hidden in the church. 

    In the remake, the backstory is far more violent. This time the group of town founders board the leper’s ship, looting the inhabitants of all their money and possessions, before setting the ship on fire. We’re treated to the whole thing shown via flashback, in snippets through Elizabeth’s dreams, and eventually in its entirety as we near the end of the film, complete with lingering shots of little leper children, and whole families going about their leper business, who all go on to die in the fire, or drown as they try to escape.

    I much prefer the backstory from the original movie to the more violent remake version. The original story is quite simplistic, but it doesn’t make the actions of the founding fathers any less deplorable. While they spent a lot of time planning out how to take the Elizabeth Dane down, they are less directly involved in the deaths of the lepers, and while this is still incredibly wicked, it probably made it a bit easier for the founding fathers to sleep at night after what they had done. 

    The remake backstory feels like the violence was ramped up simply so we could watch lots of lepers die, and add a bit more death to the film just because it’s a horror movie. The original leper attack actually feels more sinister, as the founding fathers plot up the most effective way to take the lepers out of the picture, without ending up with any blame falling at their door. 

    The Villains

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    I think we’re all agreed here that the real villains in both movies are the founding fathers, but we’re going to be talking about the lepers and their leader, Blake, in this section. In both cases, the lepers have returned for revenge on the town that killed them a hundred years ago and stole their gold, which to be honest, I totally understand. However, as the founding fathers are no longer around, the ghosts look to kill other townsfolk in their place. In the remake, everyone who dies is directly related to the founding fathers, as are all the people who are gathered in the museum for the final showdown. Whereas in the original, the ghosts are merely looking for six souls to take the place of the six founding fathers who screwed them over. While it seems unimportant who these people are, the ghosts seem particularly keen to take Father Malone, possibly because he offers himself up to them but also probably because he is a direct descent of one of the founding fathers. 

    In theory, I like the idea of the ghosts coming back to kill off the bloodlines of the men who murdered them. It’s classic revenge horror fodder and appears in movies such as Dead Silence (2007), but I don’t think the remake does enough with it. We know right from the start Stevie, and therefore her son, are descendants, but they don’t discover the further connection with the other characters until the very end of the movie, and then it seems pretty unimportant, especially as the fog and the ghosts have never given the impression of specifically targeting victims up until now, and it was more about who was unlucky enough to get caught in its path. 

    What I think gives the original ghosts the upper hand is the fact that they finish their mission, and can presumably pass on now that they have had their vengeance. Just when it seems they have disappeared, having been sated with their stolen gold, they return in one of the most iconic shots in horror and take Father Malone to complete their revenge. It’s the last scare in the film, one last unsettling moment just when you think everything is safe, but one that makes complete sense. It’s not a pointless jump scare. It leaves you on edge as the movie closes, but also confident that the rest of the residents of Antonio Bay are safe. 

    The remake ghosts, ultimately, don’t finish what they set out to do, simply because Blake stumbles across the reincarnation of his wife. Once he comes across her, and somehow turns her into a ghost as well, all the lepers suddenly disappear, leaving a shit-load of descendants of the founding fathers still alive, and pretty confused about what has gone on. It just falls really flat in comparison to that final shock of the original and stands up even less well on repeat viewings. 

    Let’s also talk about the appearance of the ghosts in both movies, as they differ quite wildly. In the original, most of what we get to see of the lepers are ghostly silhouettes in the fog, occasionally with glowing eyes. More often than not it’s merely a ghostly hand, usually with a weapon in it that we see, though Stevie does get a close-up view of one of the lepers in her final confrontation with them after she hooks one in the face. In a flash of light, we see his green, oozing face, complete with worms, in something that wouldn’t look out of place under Oogie Boogie’s sack. It’s not clear if they’re ghosts or zombie-type creatures, but they are clearly dead and out for blood. 

    In the remake, however, we get terrible see-through, CGI ghosts that look like the ghosts from The Frighteners (1996) but shit. However, it does fit in with the awful CGI fog that is used in 90% of the movie as well, so I guess it goes with the whole aesthetic. The ghosts also seem to be part of the fog, using it to do things like sneak up the plughole and melt Aunt Connie with a grab of a ghostly arm. 

    I think this ruins one of the best scenes in the original, which is the death of Andy’s babysitter, Mrs Kobritz. After an ominous knock at the door, where there appears to be no one there, Mrs Kobritz tells Andy to hide to make sure he is safe. Just as Andy turns to leave the hall, a figure grabs Mrs Kobritz into the fog before two further lepers ponce on her. We don’t actually see any violence, but much like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1978), it’s all about what is implied and not what is actually shown. Sure, melting to death probably sounds more disgusting on paper, but Aunt Connie’s death just doesn’t have the same gut-punch as Mrs Kobritz. 

    Who Wins?

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    I always knew I would do The Fog movies for this series because I love the original so much, and the remake is so different it definitely warranted a discussion. A lot of the things that annoy me so much about the remake are scenes from the original which they just ruined. I don’t expect a remake to be a shot-for-shot deal, but the 2005 version sets up a lot of iconic scenes and then causes them to fall flat, meaning it’s just double disappointing. If they were going to take a slightly different direction with the whole thing, I really wish they had taken it a bit further and distanced themselves from those scenes which were only going to draw disappointing comparisons. 

    The real question is, why did they feel the need to remake The Fog in the first place, apart from just trying to cash in on a horror classic? The remake literally adds nothing to the table, and in fact, loses a lot of the charm and the slow-burning terror that makes the original so great. 

    The remake is so polished, with the constant use of CGI and effects only adding to that problem, and it doesn’t have the same appeal as the dark and misty original. Even the fact the remake uses fake fog strips the film of its central threat. The real fog in the original makes it very difficult to see, to determine what the leper ghosts look like, and to see the violence they are dishing out. It’s disorientating and isolating and leaves you always on edge. The CGI fog does none of that and makes the whole thing seem artificial, including the threat.

    If you like The Fog, I suggest double-billing it with Prince of Darkness instead of even bothering with the remake. Give yourself a double-dose of peak ‘80s Carpenter claustrophobia, rather than bothering with this CGI-filled, flat remake.

    Winner: The Fog (1980)

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    Kim Morrison
    Kim is a copywriter by trade, but a horror writer by passion, from Edinburgh, Scotland. She enjoys crocheting, has a mild obsession with bees, and a Simpsons quote for every occasion.

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