Just in time for the Halloween season, Rialto Pictures is releasing John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980) in 4K restoration from StudioCanal. The limited theatrical run begins on October 26. Screenings will be available at New York’s Metrograph, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. Tickets for additional screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse and specialty theaters across the country will also be available during the week of Halloween.
The Fog, Carpenter’s first theatrical film after the massive success of Halloween (1978) centers on the coastal town Antonio Bay, which over the course of a night becomes gripped by a deadly past relegated to camp fire stories but unearthed with a startling revelation. Starring horror legends Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, and Hal Holbrook, The Fog blends the classic American ghost story with Carpenter’s trademark style and score.
Though long underappreciated until Scream Factory restored the film for Blu-ray release in 2013, The Fog has been reappraised as one of Carpenter’s most aesthetically interesting films. On the subject of the 4K re-release, Rialto’s director of sales, Eric Di Bernardo, said “it is Carpenter’s most visually alluring film and we think it’s been worth the wait.” If the trailer, posted below is any indication, Di Bernardo is certainly correct. The Fog proved the master of horror John Carpenter’s ability to frighten audiences beyond men and masks and paved the way for the supernatural horror films that would later help distinguish his career.
Whether you’ve never seen The Fog, or have only seen it on home video, there’s really nothing that will quite compare with seeing it fully restored on the big screen.