Title: The Fog (1980)
Director/Writers: John Carpenter/John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, James Canning, etc.
Duration: 89 minutes
Languages: English; no subtitles.
Description: Horror master John Carpenter offers up a triple treat with The Fog: Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, and Janet Leigh all in the same movie. As if that weren't enough, both John Houseman and Hal Holbrook make appearances, each clearly enjoying the novelty of being in a horror flick. The Fog opens just before the centennial celebration of the seaside town of Antonio Bay. Then the witching hour strikes, glowing fog rolls in, and all hell breaks loose. Carpenter wrote the script with producer Debra Hill, his collaborator on Halloween, and the two know their craft. It's a creepy story and a tight script, and, as in their previous effort, the audience gets to know the main characters a bit before they're put in danger. The movie also has a sly sense of humor: "Things seem to happen to me," says slasher vet Jamie Lee. "I'm bad luck." Barbeau is also obviously having a great time, sinking her teeth into her role as a frightened disc jockey watching the fog roll in from a lighthouse. The Fog offers a few shocks and plenty of good old-fashioned clammy chills. You'll never look at weather systems the same way again.
I forgot to take down file information before I trashed the AVI -- I did, however, take a few screenshots near the end -- but from what I remember: it's 700 MB, presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen, and there wasn't anything out of the ordinary about the audio mix. Also, the release comes from smokey888. (I distinctly recall seeing his/her fingerprints all over the metadata, as usual.)
Later in the week, I'll probably post a high-quality release of Masaki Kobayashi's justifiably famous Human Condition trilogy. (I told you I was gonna' class this place up a bit, right?)