The Fog


Colosseum (4005939669720)
Varèse Sarabande (0030206669725)
Movie | Released: 2005 | Format: CD, Download
 

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# Track   Duration
1.Prologue2:34
2.God's Country0:44
3.Anchor Lockup1:54
4.It Wants Us2:22
5.The Hallmark1:31
6.Shower Love1:15
7.Elizabeth2:54
8.Boathouse1:39
9.Statues2:03
10.Lights Out1:35
11.Island History1:47
12.The Search3:21
13.Burned Image0:50
14.It's Here3:43
15.Crime Aboard2:45
16.Tragedy On The Elizabeth Dane3:21
17.The Reckoning1:52
18.The Fog Recedes1:44
19.Epilogue1:17
 39:10
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The Fog - 03/10 - Review of Tom Daish, submitted at
Another month, another horror remake, this time of a John Carpenter semi-classic, The Fog. Unsurprisingly, the film - starring Junior Superman Tom Welling - has garnered terrible reviews and is likely to disappear from cinemas quicker than the titular meteorological phenomenon. Carpenter scored the original himself and the reviews of his effort seem to suggest it wasn't bad. This time, Graeme Revell is the man and, in common with the original, his score is synthetic, performed by the composer. Given the generally high amount of electronics in Revell scores, I wasn't really surprised to discover The Fog being entirely synthetic and, in truth, he gets a reasonable amount of mileage from his digital equipment.

A smattering of more convincing acoustic imitations notably piano, guitar and percussion are bolstered by more obviously synthetic samples. Having said that, a few cues feature some quite convincing string and brass samples, but these are only fleeting. Unfortunately, The Fog never really escapes the genre confines and, despite being a fairly tolerable horror score - few unpleasant crashes, more a creeping eeriness - there is little to make it stand out in a crowded market. A couple of the longer cues make a decent impression, notably Elizabeth... and the spooky Statues, while the brief action sequences have some energetic drum loops. Revell seems to pen his most interesting music for sci-fi, most recently Chronicles of Riddick, but horror is only infrequently an interesting genre and, despite some admirable restraint and some spooky moments, The Fog is a rather forgettable effort.
The Fog - 02/10 - Review of Andreas Lindahl, submitted at
A remake of the classic John Carpenter film from 1980, The Fog is one of those "what on earth were they thinking when they greenlighted this"-projects. Directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Tom Welling ("Smallville") and Lost actress Maggie Grace - surenly one of the most annoying persons on TV ever - the film completely tanked at the box office.

Composer Graeme Revell isn't a favorite in my book. Aural underscore without much substance seems to be his thing, often resulting in something that should be labeled "sound design" rather than "music". Of course, Revell is capable of writing quite memorable music as well, but is one of the most typecasted composers currently active in Hollywood - he often gets to score these kind of films. And he usually delivers exactly what he's hired to deliver, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Apart from a carpet of sound effects - low drones, clangs and various samples in general - the score revolves around a simple, lonely piano. Heard for the first time in "God's Country", it appears quite a lot of times throughout the remainder of the score, but the rest is mostly just sound effects. There are some dissonant outbursts, mainly carried by strings, or more exactly sampled strings. More relaxed cues, such as "Shower Love" are a little more interesting, since they actually features something that can be described as music, but it's still rather bland and uninteresting. I don't know, it might work great in the film, but as a standalone CD, this release isn't even worth picking up from the shelf.


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