Saturday, 5 November 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 321: Thu Nov 17

The Fog (Carpenter, 1980): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.50pm




This 35mm screening is part of the John Carpenter season at BFI Southbank.There will be an intro before the screening by academic and writer Roger Luckhurst.


Time Out review:
The Fog will disappoint those expecting a re-run of the creepy scares from Halloween. Instead, expanding enormously on the fantasy elements of his earlier films, Carpenter has turned in a full-scale thriller of the supernatural, as a sinister fog bank comes rolling in off the sea to take revenge on the smug little town of Antonio Bay, N. Calif. No shotguns pumping; no prowling of dark corners; no tricksy dry-ice chills. Instead you'll find a masterful simplicity of style, a lonely and determined group of characters under siege, and a childlike sense of brooding fear that almost disappeared in the '70s. Carpenter's confidence is outrageous; the range of his models even more so (from Poe to RKO); and the achievement is all his own, despite ragged moments and occasional hesitations.
Chris Auty

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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