Could John Carpenter be about to turn back the clock and deliver an unexpected sequel to The Fog?
The sun’s getting low and The Fog is rolling in – again!
The horror maestro that is John Carpenter has opened up about the upcoming ‘Halloween Kills‘. The film was delayed last October due to the pandemic and is still scheduled for release this coming October.
Or is it?
During an interview with NME regarding his new album ‘Lost Themes III: Alive After Death‘, Carpenter dropped the bombshell that the sequel to the 2018 reboot of his classic 1978 chiller MAY be headed to streaming instead:
“Sure. Halloween may be shared that way [streaming] because theatres are dead. It’s just the reality right now. And it’s a tragedy, but it’s true. We just have to face it. The studio did contact David [Gordon Green, director of Halloween Kills] and I, and they had us put off the new one by a year in the hope that things got better. So we’re still hoping it will get better.”
I’m not that enthralled to see the new ‘Halloween‘ movie on my TV screen instead of the theatre. But I’m heartened by the quip about the studio hoping things got better before its release. That alone has given me hope that the theatres will be open by October 15th. Just so we can sit in the darkened screens and watch Michael Myers stalk and slash once more. ‘Halloween Kills‘ has been completed now, with Carpenter confirming he has finished scoring the film once again and it is ready for release.
In the same interview, the director was asked whether there was going to be a similar approach to some of his other works in the same way ‘Halloween‘ was back in 2018. To the surprise of many, including myself, Carpenter confirmed that ‘The Fog‘ COULD be in line for a belated sequel:
“There’s been talk of a sequel to The Fog. There’s been talk of sequels for a bunch of my movies. They just haven’t happened yet because of various reasons. But yeah, we’ve talked about them and I’m open to them.”
For those not familiar with the film, ‘The Fog‘ tells the story of one night in the sleepy town of Antonio Bay in California. Exactly 100 years ago, a clipper ship was lured to its doom on the rocks of the town, drowning all of those aboard. When a mysterious fog rolls in across the water into Antonio Bay, the crew of the ship rises from their watery graves to exact an act of terrible revenge on the town and the descendants of those who lured the ship to its doom and plundered it.
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The film was a terrific spine-chiller of a ghost story. And it had Tom Atkins, Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Janet Leigh, and the sadly recently departed Hal Holbrook amongst its cast. Along with a nice cameo from John Houseman at the start of the film telling the story to a bunch of children sitting around a campfire on the town’s beach.
Although the film no longer scares me, it still creeps me out along the way. And the final scene is one that sticks with me and the viewer long after the end credits roll. With a brilliant score from Carpenter himself, the film is a classic in my eyes. I would love to see a sequel to it. As long as they retain Carpenter in some capacity alongside his excellent score.
We wait to see if a sequel to ‘The Fog‘ actually happens. But in the meantime, ‘Halloween Kills‘ is scheduled for release on October 15th.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!