On this episode of the Saturday Frights Podcast – the Projectionist and myself finally tackle John Carpenter’s exceptional 1980 film The Fog. In my personal opinion this movie ranks in the top ten of films involving ghosts – for my favorites of movies directed by John Carpenter it easily lands in the top five. As we seem to do on this show, I have managed to share my personal memories of seeing The Fog – in this case at that beloved 62 Drive-In you are always hearing me talk about – as well as offering up what we feel are the more interesting facts and trivia on how the film was brought to the big screen in the first place.
As I do mention in the episode itself, what keeps me coming back to John Carpenter’s The Fog is it manages to deliver that feeling of hearing a good campfire tale or finishing a satisfying ghost story. And while the plot of the movie might be pretty straight forward – the sins of the Father being visited upon the fictional town of Antonio Bay – it still manages to give me the willies every single time I sit down to watch it.
The Projectionist and myself have injected a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure – including a few clips from the movie itself. We briefly touch upon the very impressive group of actors that Carpenter and Debra Hill gathered for the film – like Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Houseman, Charles Cypher, Nancy Loomis, and of course Adrienne Barbeau. My co-host has even managed to give you a little bit of history on the inspiration for Adrienne Barbeau’s character of Stevie Wayne!
I should let you know that this show is quite a bit longer than our usual fare – as always we give a detailed synopsis but we warn you when to pause the episode before getting too far into spoilers. In addition we have the likes of Rockford Jay sharing his own memories of The Fog as well as even the Retroist himself popping in to have a little fun… at the expense of my co-host!
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Come join us in the celebration of Antonio Bay’s…now…139 Anniversary as we dive into The Fog!
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