Throughout the 1980s, filmmaker John Carpenter became a defining voice in the world of horror cinema, thanks to films like They Live, Prince of Darkness, and Christine. The filmmaker's first theatrical release after delivering audiences the groundbreaking Halloween, The Fog will return to theaters in October for limited engagements.
Details about the screenings were confirmed in a news release:
"New York-based Rialto Pictures will release John Carpenter's landmark horror movie The Fog on October 26th, in its first-ever major restoration. The horror classic, in a full 4K restoration from Studiocanal, opens October 26th for limited runs at the Metrograph, in New York, Landmark's Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago.
"Additional screenings will occur during the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.
"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.'"
Also coming to theaters this October is a highly-anticipated sequel to Halloween, on which Carpenter served as an executive producer and will be providing the score.
Check out the sequel to Halloween when it hits theaters on October 19th and The Fog in 4K beginning October 26th at participating locations.
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