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I think that John Carpenter's "The Fog" should be considered as the older, wiser sibling to "Halloween", if you will. Less concerned with visceral, childhood fears (the boogeyman, etc.) and more interested in mature, atmospheric terror. Whereas the former goes for the jugular with its psycho-killer-from-hell narrative, "The Fog" succeeds by unfolding an old-fashioned campfire tale. It also creates a chilling sense of menace from something as non-human as bad weather. Very few contemporary directors can do that...and, at the same time (as with "Halloween"), adding their own original music score to the tense proceedings. One of my favorites of the genre!

Posted by JohnC.Moviefan on 10/27/2009 at 10:37 PM

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