Yes, as I said before, there are exceptions, but it's always based on a foundation of pure greed. It can be based on a nostalgic cartoon, a classic television series, or, as it more commonly is done, a classic film. But this is not about all of that (that's a different article altogether). No, this is to talk about one truly terrible example of that mediocrity. This is The Fog remake. Now, I have to admit, I am a huge fan of the original John Carpenter film. It had a stellar cast, a great concept, and some genuinely creepy moments that heightened the overall mood of the film. And if you're a horror fan, you know why I'm right. Tom Atkins, Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, and Janet Leigh were the stars in the original film. You want to talk about great horror actors, there's a good place to start. But what do we get in the remake? Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, and Selma Blair. Now, to be fair, Selma Blair is a good actress...but she's so underused here. She really feels like she's barely awake during the film and just looking forward to when she finally gets famous enough where she can be in more good films. Other than her though, you've got the ho-hum star of Smallville and an actress who is so forgettable that she could star in a Transformers film. Honestly, I had no idea she was even the daughter in the Taken films, likely because in there she really didn't do much besides being a generic kidnapping victim. That bothers me, because women should be known as more than the damsel in distress.
|It's ok, Liam, I still love the Taken movies.|
|We thought so.|
|Of course, that doesn't stop them from putting in a sex scene that wasn't in the classic.|
|Then again, they do blame the murders on him. Yay, thinly veiled racism.|
|But hey, we also have a really nice lighthouse with a Selma Blair in it.|
|DEUS EX GO FUCK YOURSELF.|
|Meanwhile, Selma Blair gets to try and forget she was ever in this piece of shit.|
She's not a strong character either, which just makes it all the more jarring to see her being treated like she's the second coming of Jesus in the finale as she sacrifices herself by becoming a ghost to go make ghost babies. If anything, she's honestly more of an object than a character. In the classic film she's smarmy, mysterious, and interesting. She's this girl traveling on her own who can obviously take care of herself and is comfortable with her choices. In this movie? She's just there so Tom Welling and the lead ghost both have something that they both want. She's not a character, she's a trophy. She looks good and they both want her, because clearly she has so much personality underneath her generic exterior.
|If it feels a bit hot in here it's just because I set myself on fire.|
|Now please, do yourself a favour and go buy the original film.|