Friday, April 6, 2012

Nerds and Fog: Tom Atkins at Belcourt Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Not to be confused with 2007’s The Mist (in which otherworldly monsters try to eat Thomas Jane in a supermarket) or the 2005 remake of The Fog (in which otherworldly ghost lepers try to murder the kid who played Superman on Smallville), John Carpenter’s The Fog is part of a pantheon of horror classics that utterly defined the genre in the late ’70s and early ’80s. It's screening 11 p.m. tonight at The Belcourt with one of its stars in attendance.

Presented in conjunction with the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival, Carpenter’s OG 1980 ghost-revenge yarn stars Jamie Lee Curtis, her mom Janet Leigh and Adrienne Barbeau as residents of Antonio Bay, a California town with a dark secret. That secret quickly unravels, as secrets tend to do, when a fog containing the vengeful spirits of a would-be leper colony permeates the town, violently slaughtering residents for reasons that priest Hal Holbrook slowly divines.

In attendance will be Tom Atkins, who starred in the movie as Nick Castle (a typical Carpenter in-joke) and later appeared in Escape from New York and 12 Hours of Terror favorite Night of the Creeps. Atkins has been working for more than four decades, in gigs ranging from Lethal Weapon and Halloween III: Season of the Witch to a recurring role on The Rockford Files.

It's worth checking out the Full Moon lineup, which includes everyone from Michael Beck (from The Warriors and Xanadu) and Kristin Bauer (from HBO's True Blood) to makeup wizard Tom Savini and Devil's Rejects/Dawn of the Dead star Ken Foree. Tomorrow night at The Belcourt: Robert Carradine introducing the deathless Revenge of the Nerds.

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