Release Date: October 14, 2005
Starring: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace,
Rade Sherbedgia, and Selma
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Executive Producer: Todd Garner, Dan Kolsrud and
Producer: Debra Hill, David Foster and
Writer: Cooper Layne
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Tom Welling, who plays Clark Kent on the WB’s television version of the Superman myth, SMALLVILLE, stars as Nick Castle, the young owner of a fishing boat on Antonio Island, Oregon. His girlfriend, Elizabeth, returns to the island from New York, just as a series of ghostly manifestations begin appearing in a strange fogbank hovering just offshore. Revenge, justice and murder seem to be on the mind of the ghosts. Nick and Elizabeth discover that the town leaders have hidden the fact that, in 1871, the town fathers built the town’s success by deceiving, stealing from and murdering a group of lepers sailing on a ship. The ghosts of the lepers have created the mysterious fog to exact revenge on the descendents of the town fathers. “Blood for blood” is the rallying cry of the ghosts.
THE FOG lacks panache and leaves too many loose ends. Its story is laced with some foul language and a shower scene between two unmarried characters who go to bed together.
Although it’s hard to take such a movie and its worldview seriously, THE FOG has a syncretistic pagan worldview that may remind those who have studied and experienced such things, of spiritualism. A spiritualist is someone who believes in ghosts and speaking with ghosts, premonitions, fortune telling, and ESP, but who may also talk about the Bible, reincarnation, angels, and even Jesus Christ. THE FOG’s worldview accepts the idea of ghosts, but reincarnation and biblical references also play an important role. For example, Elizabeth seems to be the reincarnation of the ghost leader’s dead young bride. The movie also quotes part of God’s judgment from Daniel 5 on the last Babylon king. Thus, the movie is imbued with a sense of biblical justice, but cast in a spirit of pagan syncretism and occultism. This is theologically confusing and, hence, abhorrent.
Although in some ways THE FOG is better than the earlier movie, the story and characters are still not that interesting. Of more concern is the movie’s endorsement of ghostly manifestations and reincarnation in a syncretistic mishmash of pagan spiritualism. A spiritualist is someone who believes in ghosts and speaking with ghosts, premonitions, fortune telling, and ESP, but who may also talk about the Bible, reincarnation, angels, and even Jesus Christ. Such a viewpoint is abhorrent and evil.