Fans of classic horror films will be able to experience The Fog on October 26, 2018. New York-based Rialto Pictures is releasing John Carpenter’s landmark horror film in its first-ever major restoration. Who is ready to rewatch Jamie Lee Curtis’ follow-up to Halloween?
The full 4K restoration of The Fog, from Studiocanal, will open on October 26, 2018, for limited runs at the Metrograph (New York), Landmark’s Nuart (Los Angeles), and The Music Box Theatre (Chicago). In more good news, additional screenings will occur during the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Carpenter’s first post-Halloween venture into the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic vein that he would continue to mine in films like The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987), THE FOG depicts the seaside California town of Antonio Bay in the grips of an ancient curse and a creeping mist. Drenched in malevolent atmosphere and packing an ensemble cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and the mother-daughter duo of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, this is the director at his ingenious, chilling best, servicing a contemporary taste for gore while simultaneously evoking the spirit of Val Lewton.
Out of theatrical release for years due to faded, unplayable prints, THE FOG can now be viewed again as it was intended, with the restoration of its breathtaking color cinematography by Dean Cundey (Escape From New York, Back To The Future (I-III), Apollo 13, Romancing The Stone), who deftly captured both the daylight beauty of the Point Reyes shore and the ghostly goings-on in the dark, eerie night.
“The Fog has been our most requested title for as long as we have handled the Studiocanal library here,” according to Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto’s director of sales. “It is Carpenter’s most visually alluring film and we think it’s been worth the wait.”
The Fog was originally released back in 1980. Produced on a $1.1 million budget, it went on to gross $21.3 million domestically.
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