A ghost ship occupied by 100-year-old corpses terrorizes a coastal community that is covered in a heavy fog. Although it opens promisingly enough--with a precredits sequence in which John Houseman, playing a grizzled old sailor, tells the ghost story to a group of children gathered around
a campfire--THE FOG must be considered a disappointment. While some have simply argued that a rolling fog bank just isn't scary (tell that to Val Lewton), the film's real problem is Carpenter's diffuse narrative, which introduces far too many characters--forcing the director consistently to cut
away to each story strand, thus destroying much of the suspense. What does work, howeve...