- Every Monday [smiths] will be picking the best film screening of the week, both locally and around London, for lovers of the big screen. Ready for our first weekly movie tip? Great, but you will have to hurry up because it’s today!!!
In keeping with the Halloween festivities, tonight at 8:45pm you will have the chance to watch John Carpenter’s 80’s horror classic The Fog at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. Tickets are £7.50 or £5 if you are a member of the cinema, which is one of the best independents in the city.
Some of you may be familiar with that not so inspiring 2005 remake and would like to see the original, or maybe you have tried watching this classic on a laptop and the pixelated 320×240 resolution didn’t really do the trick. Maybe you even got hold of a decent copy but some incoming Skype call totally suspended the suspense.
In any case there’s always a good reason to watch this one again on the big screen, in all its splendour. Also, for the film and screen students amongst you, here’s something from Michel Chion about its innovative use of the acousmêtre published in the book The Voice in Cinema (1999):
“The Fog enacts the panoptic fantasy in a particularly ingenious form. The film’s heroine, played by Adrienne Barbeau, works as a disc jockey at a local radio station perched atop a lighthouse, from where she sees the entire city. The film’s other characters know her only as a voice that is uniquely in the position to see the predicament they are in (The town invaded by an evil cloud)”
Definite film theory material there!
If you miss The Fog be aware that on Thursday you’ll get another chance to celebrate Halloween with John Carpenter and the PCC as there will be screenings of Halloween (1974) throughout the entire day.
See you at the Prince Charles this week!