The other morning it was extremely foggy on the drive into work, which has inspired my pick for the week. The Fog (1980) by John Carpenter, starring Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Halbrook, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins and Janet Leigh.
The plot revolves around a long ago injustice done by the town founders, who lured a ship of lepers planning to start a safe haven colony on land purchased from one of the founders onto treacherous rocks, where everyone on the ship died. The town founders then looted the ship and used the gold to found the town and church (one of the lepers, Blake, was wealthy).
Now ready to celebrate its centennial strange things start to happen and every time a strange fog rolls in from the ocean people die as the ghosts of the lepers seek vengeance. I was maybe 8 when I saw it and lived in fear of fog for awhile. The special effects of the leper zombie ghosts is not up to today's standards but for 1980 wasn't too bad. Skip the 2005 remake, it was pretty bad.
This is not a zombie flick per se, but the vengeful leper ghosts take physical form in the fog, and because they are lepers look and move a whole lot like zombies.
So to stay true to the challenge I have a second pick. We can kick off the month of Shocktober with a return to the roots of zombie movies, from the BR era (Before Romero) with White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi. I think this is one of the very first zombie movies.
This movie is from 1932 and introduces us to the traditional view of zombies, that of "dead" people enslaved by an evil witch doctor. The zombies are not truly dead, they have been given a powder which makes them appear to be dead, they get buried and then the witch doctor digs them up and re-animates them, at which point they have no memories, no will other than their master's, and apparently no soul. They walk around doing Lugosi's bidding while staring straight ahead or up at the sky.
A couple travels to Haiti where they are to wed immediately at the home of a "friend" who is also madly in love with the bride to be. She rejects him so he seeks the help of Lugosi, who has his own designs on the woman, to make her completely forget her new husband, so he can possess her. The "friend" does not quite understand in time exactly what turning her into a zombie means.
It's hard to judge what the original impact of the movie would have been. Compared to today the acting is a bit over the top and there is a lot of posturing and posing going on, close ups of Lugosi's eyes and eyebrows, which are in serious need of trimming, and the zombies are not physically scary or dangerous to anyone (unless their master orders them to be). It is probably more of a psychological scare than anything, if you stop to think about becoming a soul-less enslaved creature.
Both movies are available on Netflix.
Edited by: FANGFACEKITTY at: 10/2/2011 (18:00)
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