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The Fog (2005)- Remake

Directed by Rupert Wainwright Screenplay by Cooper Layne

Having visited, more or less, this story prior we are acquainted with a quick synopsis of what one would otherwise be expecting. The small town of Antonio Bay, is celebrating their centennial by honoring their four fathers with a brand new stature in towns square. Though while delving into the lives of the same characters as those in the original, its from not just a different perspective but an all together point of view as we follow a different character.
The character of the mysterious hitchhiker Elizabeth (Maggie Grace) who had returned home with no real explanation; creating a number of opportunities to play with. Of which they turned into being the estranged girlfriend of the man who eventually picks her up. Where we from then on out are forced to witness their unacquainted reunion as they seemingly forget about six months back, when she had up and left to New York. To return with no ill regard in any manner, despite talk of a ring. Though with friends like the “sexy” local DJ, Nick (Welling) didn’t seem to mind all too much. All forgiven and time seamlessly threaded back together as they pick up where left off.

Because what would a remake be without a little emotion thrown into the mix; how else will they get us to care past a certain point. Starting out with witnessing the four fathers indiscretion firsthand. As Fall Out Boy rings in the opening scene (so promising already?) and Selma Blair’s atrocious version of a sexy voice carries over as Stevie Wayne, owner of the local “rock” station at the KAB lighthouse out in Antonio Island. *All hope cannot be lost already.* But alas…
Oh, how I loathe the modern interpretations of some classic films. Even in the cases when younger and unknowing of their even being an original. To watch and compare can truly be no comparison at all. For Elizabeth and her story line were newly created in a way that doesn’t simply take away from the film. But feels the need to drown out the rest of what was an acceptable ghost story on its own. If not for turning it into some sappy reunion at the end were all was done for the notion of love. Seriously? Funny in that while speaking of the different versions for each film, those behind the remake felt that if a ghost were to come back, that it would rather be for love as opposed to revenge. Really?

So all the killing going on around town, is that simply in the name of love? Or quite vengefully so murdering the kin of those who did them wrong. What absurdity. Which is not to entirely say that in the original the character of Elizabeth didn’t leave any intrigue as to what she could possibly be running from as her mention of weird things always happening to her. But sorry for stating that if in fact choosing to go about that route, that it would have to take an Actor of far superior ability over its predecessor to work, which was surely not the case here. With really, any of the Actors but maybe that of Nick Castle. Simply because Tom Welling was a hot ticket at the time but his too cheerful of an attitude felt entirely displaced within this film and I couldn’t decide what needed to be done first. Have that inept smile slapped off his face or take off that awful turtleneck sweater. What, it needed to be said.

The story behind the fog altering to rather, an awful outbreak having occurred in 1872. The Chinese having brought over Leprosy, wiping out the majority of land. Formally a major trading post for people who became profitable quick. As Elizabeth continued to have dreams from the past, she began to feel a kinship with Blake’s wife. Finding one clue after another as she discovers the truth of her ancestry. The flashback of the fathers laughable as they progress to the finale of the film. Phone lines cut through the town and when you might expect local DJ Stevie to come to the rescue, assures quite the opposite. Because not only does Stevie leave the station and act surprised when her call doesn’t go through on her way home. But is hit by a car, thrown into the water and still able to make it to her son in the nick of time. Her otherwise usefulness towards the script dwindling after this point. As we’re brought to the conclusion, if one can call it such, leaving Elizabeth with one final trick up her sleeve. Curiosity getting the best of her as she approaches Blake and his ghostly crew, drawn in for a kiss that would solidify the chances of the ghost finally able to call it even. Further attempting to bring everything full circle as the credits are cued over a ridicules doctored photo and him with his love and the way things should have been.

At first glance of The Fog, its as one can expect, outrageously overt and over the top. Digitally enhanced fog never necessarily the better approach but surely one they had entirely too much fun with. Unsure of whether they were more excited at that effect or the possibility of getting to showcase the silhouette of the ghost ship and its inhabitants. Because it was certainly overdone to an extent where one cannot help but laugh towards the end. We get it, ghosts are creepy and even more so when trying to make due of what could possible be lurking in the shadows before your very own eyes. But don’t take advantage of such a shot and think a little variety won’t be needed. Because its also a remake means a typical unnecessarily comedic tension break (DeRay Davis) with further room for frustration as unnecessary sex scenes are added to suffice for any real terror going on in the background. Mixed with a handful of “young and talented” Actors for that particular time period as a means of capturing an audience. But hard to buy into such if lacking any reel reason to stay past the initial and overall appeal of the film.