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The Fog, a review by Rich




Title: The Fog

Movie Count:29  
TV Ep. Count:16  

Runtime:86
Certificate:15
Year:1980
Genres:Horror, Suspense/Thriller

Plot:Antonio Bay, a quaint, small seaside town is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. That night a heavy, mysterious fog rolls through the town and people begin to die in savage ways. Rumours of a secret as old as the town begin to surface and the people of Antonio Bay realise they are victims of long dead sailors who have come to take revenge for their own murders at the hands of the town`s founding fathers. The townspeople can only wait for the fog to roll in and pray that they are not the next to die...

>My Review:
After watching the remake earlier this month, moviepick has thrown up the original so will be good to do a comparison.
The original stands head and shoulders above the remake, it is textbook Carpenter at his strengths, the pace is fluid and gripping, the 'less is more' technique creates a much more intense and suspenseful background, and the thumping and haunting audio leads you into every jump and scream moment.
Tom Atkins as the lead (toupee and all) is weak, but the rest of the cast are much more convincing, with JLC, her mum Janet Leigh, and Hal Holbrook stand-out.
Taught pacy horror that has stood the test of time, and still delivers where more modern high budget flicks fail.
My Rating
Out of a Possible 5







(From Rich's October Horror Fest on October 23rd, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Good Guys Wear Black, a review by GSyren


TitleGood Guys Wear Black (Disc ID: 5679-D6E2-A5EC-0B9B)
DirectorTed Post
ActorsChuck Norris, Anne Archer, James Franciscus, Lloyd Haynes, Dana Andrews
Produced1978 in United States
Runtime96 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesNone
OverviewUndefeated six-time world karate champion, Chuck Norris, stars as John T. Booker, an ex-Vietnam commando whose war actions have landed him at the top of the CIA's hit list.

Secret negotiations, dirty tricks, State Department cover-ups, a politically inspired murder plot. The headlines of the recent past come to life in "Good Guys Wear Black."

Aided by a beautiful Senate Investigator, Norris unravels a devious scheme of treachery and intrigue in this stunt-filled, action-packed thriller, filmed against the backgrounds of championship auto racing, the ski slopes of Squaw Valley and the backrooms of Washington, D.C.
My thoughtsGood Guys Wear Black isn't a very good film, but it's interesting because it's an important film in making Chuck Norris an action icon. It's not his first starring role. That would be in Breaker, Breaker. But it's his first successful starring film.

Chuck was, of course, discovered in Way of the Dragon in 1972, fighting with Bruce Lee. But that was a minor part that didn't call for much real acting. Six years later, Chuck has improved his acting skills, but still has a way to go.

Good Guys Wear Black was still being written while they were shooting it, according to director Ted Post in later interviews. Maybe that's why the script seems kind of clunky. Chuck and his brother Aaron did the fight choreography, and it's painfully apparent that they haven't figured out yet how to do this for a movie. The fight scenes just aren't very interesting.

The most interesting stunt is that when Chuck finishes off the bad guy by jumping through the windshield of an oncoming car. And even that isn't handled especially well. And it's actually not even Chuck doing it, but his brother Aaron. I guess the producers didn't want to risk Chuck getting hurt, even though he was certainly capable of doing the stunt himself. This film is also noticeable for having one of the least convincing airplane explosions in cinema history. It's a pity, because up until then the film didn't look that cheap.

Ted Post had mostly directed TV shows, but he also had a few very good feature films under his belt, like Hang 'em High, Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Magnum Force, so it's a bit disappointing that this one didn't turn out better than it did.

So, apart from the film's historical interest, the only reason to watch it is a young Anne Archer, who looks gorgeous, and who does a good job acting, too. I wouldn't say that Chuck was ever an outstanding actor, but if you just want a Chuck Norris movie, there are a lot of better ones out there.
My rating


(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on November 21st, 2014)

Member's TV Reviews

Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd



Head of the Class
A group of gifted high-school students are placed together into an "enrichment" class. Although brilliant, they have much to learn about each other and themselves.

Pilot
A high school substitute teacher takes over a class of geniuses.

My Thoughts:
This is an episode on a bonus disc that came in a season set of a sitcom (either Night Court or Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I forget now) from Warner Bros. I have been hoping every since that this show would be released in season sets... as I have always enjoyed it. I used to watch this show all the time as a kid... just drooling over the cute redhead (Khrystyne Haje),

My Rating:

(From Pete's Pilots on February 4th, 2010)