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John Carpenter's: Fog
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John Carpenter's: Fog
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Director John Carpenter's runaway hit Halloween earned him a cult following as both a horror director and elementally effective gothic film scorer (Carpenter has scored the majority of his films, a feat that has put him an...  more »


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All Artists: John Carpenter
Title: John Carpenter's: Fog
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Silva America
Original Release Date: 2/8/1980
Re-Release Date: 10/10/2000
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 738572112325

Director John Carpenter's runaway hit Halloween earned him a cult following as both a horror director and elementally effective gothic film scorer (Carpenter has scored the majority of his films, a feat that has put him and fellow director Mike Figgis in a very exclusive club). But his follow-up, The Fog, was fraught with such initial problems that the director-scorer reshot, re-edited, and rescored the entire film in just a month. While his Fog score (in a newly expanded and remixed edition that follows a similar upgrade of his cult-fave Escape from New York music) doesn't exactly break the mold of the tensely rhythmic minimalism he used to great effect in Halloween, it's more gothic and classically spooky in every way. Opening with the film's mood-setting ghost story (read by the great John Houseman), Carpenter's spare synth- and piano-driven music masterfully weaves an atmosphere of mystery and dread. If you have guests overstaying their welcome, this album might just do the trick. --Jerry McCulley

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Scary as h...!
Jesper Mikkelsen | Denmark | 11/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you like this movie and watched it numerous times(like me) youre gonna love being able to listen to the music isolated, and getting scared even without Carpenters pictures. It simply works just as well without the movie, and therefore is also ideal for listening while reading a good scary book!"
Anyone check the laserdisc?
Ogre | Florence, AL USA | 11/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For all of the whining about this release, I'd like to point out that Carpenter made ALL of the music cues available as an isolated audio track on the laserdisc of THE FOG. Therefore, the complete, unedited soundtrack has already been available for several years and is quite easy to transfer to cassette or CD.

Secondly, kudos to Silva Screen for such a luscious re-release of this fine Carpenter score. As with their PHANTASM release, this further proves that they take both soundtracks and their fans seriously enough to do the best job possible."
Dry ice not included
N. P. Stathoulopoulos | Brooklyn, NY | 01/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The original Varese Sarabande Fog disc is tough to find, and rather short. This 'Expanded' edition is not perfect, as has been pointed out by several reviewers, but it is quite welcome.

There are issues, but it's mostly due to what is omitted. There is still missing music here, but it's more complete and satisfying than the original disc.

As for the sound, it's true, it doesn't sound the same. The same is true of the excellent (and better) rerelease job for Escape from New York. Compared with the older, shorter release, the Escape CD sounds clearer, as if remixed considerably, but I don't think that's too much of a problem. If you love both scores, you might want to track both versions down (just don't break the bank finding the out of print discs) and compare them, as they are indeed different.

As for The Fog, it was a nice little ghost movie--the kind that is completely absent today from movie screens--and Carpenter's score is spot-on. While I believe Escape is his first, true complete film score (instead of repetition of the same cues over and over at different tempos) The Fog provides excellent atmospherics, particularly the main theme and that haunting piano that accompanies the fog's slow-roll into town. The scoer, in general, sounds like a chilly, gray fall day. As a bonus, we have John Houseman's opening story, and also a Jamie Lee Curtis interview from the period where she talks about being a horror scream queen, and also about the craft of film acting.

For Carpenter fans, it's a no brainer. I wish they'd included all of the music from the film, and re-did the liner notes, but still, it's a good disc, well worth it for the fan."