Title - 'The Fog' (New Expanded Edition)
Artist - John Carpenter
John Carpenter's cult classic ghost story was released in 1980 and
is still as creepy and atmospheric now as it was 32 years ago and is
a constant feature of late-night and Halloween TV programming.
This was Carpenter's first feature after the ground-breaking success of
HALLOWEEN and one year before the release of the iconic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.
The original Silva Screen release expanded on the soundtrack that came out at the time by including an additional 20 minutes of previously
unreleased music plus contemporary interview with star Jamie Leigh Curtis.
That out-of-print release forms DISC ONE of this new release. That
album was compiled and edited from the complete score. DISC TWO presents the entire score drawn from the original tapes and re-mastered by long-time Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth.
The first disc begins with the spoken-by-the-old-man on-the-beach 'Prologue from The Fog,' before heading into the now infamous 'Theme from The Fog.' Next come some haunting score cuts in the form of 'Matthew Ghost Story,' 'Walk To The Lighthouse,' the stellar 'Rocks At Drake's Bay,' and both 'The Fog' and 'Antonio Bay.'
It's funny, but if you know the movie as well as I do, the moment you hear any of these tracks, regardless of its name, you flashback immediately to the time in the movie when it plays! Anyway, then comes 'Tommy Tells Of Ghost Ships,' 'Reel 9,' 'Main Theme - Reprise,' 'The Fog Rolls In,' and then both 'Blake In The Sanctuary' and 'Finale.'
This newly-remastered and expanded disc then brings us a 'Radio Interview with Jamie Lee Curtis,' which is a very special treat for all us fans. A young Jamie, only four films into her career; and all horror flicks, talks for about seven minutes about 'The Fog,' her career thus far, acting school ins and outs, and about her thoughts on her famous parents.
The second disc, which houses the original 1980 score cues begins with 'Ghost Story,' and moves along with cuts such as 'The Journal,' 'Andy On The Beach,' 'Stevie's Lighthouse,' 'An Evil Plan,' 'Morgue,' 'Knock at the Door,' and both 'The Fog Enters Town' and 'The Fog End Credits.'
Nothing more than 20 cue cuts that seem to be one long 'The Fog' bonanza of suspence, it certainly brings the whole soundtrack together, complete, for the first time ever - to my knowledge.