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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 35min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): David Foster Productions, Revolution Studios, Debra Hill Productions
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Rupert Wainwright
Producer(s): John Carpenter, Derek Dauchy, David Foster, Todd Garner, Debra Hill, Dan Kolsrud, Shane Riches
Screenplay: 2005 - Cooper Layne; 1980 - John Carpenter , Debra Hill
Cinematography/Camera: Nathan Hope, Ian Seabrook
Music: Graeme Revell
Film Editing: Dennis Virkler
Casting: Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich
Production Design: Michael Diner, Graeme Murray
Art Direction: Michael Diner, Catherine Schroer
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
If I were a betting man, I would bet this film will earn a R-13 score. We'll see. I'm off to crunch the numbers.
Well, I was right about this 2005 version of The Fog earning a R-13 score. And as usual not so much for individual examples of bold assaults on morality and decency but for the sheer volume of the "lesser" kind. (See the CAP Rule of 1000). PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores of 55 to 67 out of 100. The baseline R-rated films earned final scores of 54 and below out of 100, the lowest was 25. This PG-13 film earned a blazing 6 out of 100!
I have got to conduct an analysis of MGM's original R-rated John Carpenter's The Fog of 1980. I've seen the R-rated 1980 version and remember it was tame in comparison to this 2005 PG-13 version. I'm off to analyze the 1980 version.
I just watched the R-rated 1980 version and it is not nearly as sexual, violent, demonic or graphic as this PG-13 2005 version. I will postpone the number crunching of the data from the analysis of the 1980 version in favor of getting this analysis of the 2005 version online as soon as possible.
The analysis of the 2005 version of The Fog is complete as is the analysis of the 1980 version. Following is the comparative data display promised.
There are shower stall nudity and intercourse and other matters of sexual immorality in this sin-ematic marvel for stealing the childhood from the middle school crowd [Gen. 34:7, 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5, Luke 17:2]. Lots of drinking and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18]. Extensive violence. [Amos 3:10, Ps. 62:10] Almost uncountable instances of portrayal of unholy matters, demon ghosts, demonic activity and events.
Each of the Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Sexual Immorality (S), Offense to God (O) and Murder/Suicide (M) investigation areas found enough assaults on morality to earn an investigation area score of zero. This film earned an investigation area score of 9 out of 100 in Impudence/Hate (I) and 30 out of 100 in Drugs/Alcohol (D). Every one of the six CAP investigation areas found film content to earn scores much lower than scores equivalent to the PG-13 films (55 to 67 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.
"Superboy" of Smallville, Tom Welling stars as Nicholas "Nick" Castle, the captain of the Seagrass fishing boat in Antonio Bay off the Northern California coast, replacing Tom Atkins in the 1980 version. Maggie Grace plays Elizabeth Williams (Elizabeth Solley in the 1980 version), Nick's ex-girlfriend who came back home. Jamie Lee Curtis played Elizabeth in the 1980 version as a hitchhiking "pick-up" for Nick. Selma Blair replaces Adrienne Barbeau as Stevie Wayne, the owner and operator of the lighthouse on Spivey Point which houses her KAB radio station. While Welling and Grace were co-leads in the 2005 version, Adrienne Barbeau was the lead in the 1980 version.
One hundred years ago the four founders of Antonio Bay (six in the 1980 version) murdered the leprous crew and occupants of the Elizabeth Dane clipper ship. As the dastardly deed was carried out, a soup-thick fog enveloped the sins. The gold on the Elizabeth Dane was the goal of the financially strapped founders. As the fish stories are told, when the fog returns revenge will be exacted on Antonio Bay, targeting the descendants of the murdering founders.
Today, as the town prepares for a big splash to celebrate their 100th anniversary, the fog comes back. And so do the Elizabeth Dane and its occupants. Though dead they rise from their briny grave to exact revenge on the descendants of the murdering marauders of 100 years ago.
The story is the same with a few major differences. Consider the following comparison. In one version Nick and Elizabeth are seen in bed together for about a minute, him in a t-shirt with the rest of him covered by blankets and she completely covered. There is no touching at all. Not even a kiss. There are no private parts seen. In addition to some innuendoes and a rather sultry manner by Stevie (in both versions), that is all there is to sexual immorality in that version. In the other version, after some sex games with two girls in bikinis and after some gaping-mouth tongue kissing between Nick and Elizabeth, the pair are seen together in a shower with close-ups of his hands in several places on her naked skin, obviously near and going for private parts. The pair are also seen writhing in bed together with both of them obviously nude. While no gender-specific parts are seen in this version there is enough skin seen to make it obvious what the pair are doing. These sequences in this version take up several minutes. Guess which version was in the 1980 R-rated version and which was in the 2005 PG-13 version. You guessed it. The "mild" version described was the R-rated 1980 version. [Ps. 12:8]
Also for comparison, in the R-rated 1980 version Stevie's son Andy (Cole Heppell in the 2005 version) witnesses his grandmotherly baby-sitter being pulled through Stevie's front door into the fog by the fog-bound beasties. We don't see the beasties nor do we see anything happen to the baby-sitter. In this PG-13 2005 version, the baby-sitter's forearm is grabbed by a decayed hand that came up through the kitchen sink drain. Then we see decay and rot creep up her body to her face, covering her completely, then we see her on the floor as a rotted, decayed, charred, smoldering hollow shell. All as Andy looks on.
One more. In both versions, Stevie is awakened by Andy by him bursting into her bedroom to tell her of an amazing discovery. Stevie is in bed (alone) in both versions. In one version Stevie is dressed in a modest nightgown with the blanket covering all below her abdomen which is likely already covered by her gown. In the other version, Stevie is dressed in a t-shirt with the blankets pushed down j-u-s-t enough to reveal she is wearing thong "nuderwear." Which version is the t-shirt/nuderwear version?
Need I say more? Well, I will. The KAB radio station was AM in the 1980 version and FM in the 2005 version. How do I know this? The radio station in the 1980 version was 1340 kilohertz - the AM band. The radio station in this 2005 version is 94.5 megahertz - the FM band. Though I make light of the differences between the two version with this petty example, please hear me. The 2005 PG-13 version is magnitudes more vile than the 1980 R-rated version. And after more than 11 years of research and after more than 1000 analyses of modern films, I suspect our credibility is high.
Though not related to the analysis or the summary of the film, I wanted to offer some other observations for your consideration regarding the influence of modern entertainment on our youth.
Attendance at the showing in which I viewed the film was apparently a true representative of the modern target age stratum of 13 and up. In almost every row the back of almost every seat was humbly supported with the feet of the person behind it, thus preventing possible injury should the seat back fail to support its occupant. Some seat backs were thoughtfully prevented from floating its occupant away by feet atop the seat back. One child was thoughtful enough to test the structural integrity the walls of the entrance to the auditorium by kicking them many times as he dutifully answered his calling while entering the auditorium. Now, imagine this. Security came into the auditorium and for no good reason at all barked at everyone that the film would not start until everyone shut up and calmed down, as if all the attendees were yelling and running around. A large number of self-sacrificing individuals set Security in their rightful place in no uncertain terms by shouting carefully selected words and phrases at Security. One intolerant mother with her sons, I think the only adult other than myself in the audience, brutally and abusively said that if her kids acted the way the other kids were acting, her kids would be in deep trouble. And it was revealed that the theater management must redesign their seating arrangement since the seat in which I was sitting got in the way of at least 30 young customers who banged into it as they did their best to politely navigate the maze of seats as they nobly maintained the flow of kids into and out of the auditorium throughout the show.
Such appears to be the average attitude of the average young teen when mom/dad are not around. Rodney Dangerfield said it best -- No respect. Just like in the movies.
Let the rather lengthy objective list of direct observations of assaults on His Will for our moral lives in the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model which is independent of this Summary/Commentary which may may be and sometimes is subjective -- do the talking for this R-13 film before you decide whether to let it steal the childhood from your 13s.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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