One of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures, British-born Rupert Wainwright established his reputation as an award-winning maker of commercial spots...
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There's a fog bank on the horizon of Antonio Bay a small seaside town in Northern California. No big whoop. Fog rolling in is to the No. Cali inhabitants what a strong snowstorm is to New Englanders--a reason to stay indoors. But in Antonio Bay mysterious things happen in the fog; those who go in it don't always come out. So as the small town readies for the 100-year anniversary gala to celebrate its founders who killed a boatful of lepers to get there those long-deceased mariners get ready to crash the party. They come in the fog and hunt down their murderers' relatives--and spare no one except perhaps the two prettiest people on the screen Nick (Tom Welling) and Elizabeth (Maggie Grace). Or will they be spared? Acting in The Fog isn't nearly as important as the ability to brood appear chiseled or scream. Welling does his part as Grace does hers. Welling--known for his Superman role on WB's Smallville--at least has looks like a leading man. Still until he sheds the teeny bopper hit and takes on meatier roles he'll be forever relegated to beefcake characters like this. Grace--from ABC's Lost--has the horror chops as well as good looks. Her screams are loud and pervasive but she too is bogged down by a limited script. And Selma Blair is fine as a single mom but she's simply much better than this. Director Rupert Wainwright has directed two films prior to The Fog but let's just say it's a good thing John Carpenter served as producer. He was no doubt an on-set mentor to the British director. It's clear that Carpenter imparted his wisdom voice and stamp on the film because some of the scenes are actually jump-worthy. But while there aren't many monstrous flaws in the film there are a lot of little ones which are transparently deflected by the chilling soundtrack--even if the scene's mood doesn't call for it. The faults--namely a tangible lack of clarity--can only fall on Wainwright because well Carpenter already turned this movie into a hit in 1980.
Directed the remake of John Carpenter's "The Fog" starring Tom Welling and Maggie Grace
Film acting debut in "Another Country"
Worked as a production assistant on the Oscar-winning short film, "Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall"
With Sony Pictures Entertainment, created Pavlov Pictures, a commercial production division
Helmed original and often provocative (but ultimately unsatisfying) "The Sadness of Sex", a multimedia performance piece about the mysteries of love; also collaborated with Barry Yourgrau on screeenplay, based on Yourgrau's book
Was one of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures; made the short film, "The Open Window" (1989) while there
Feature film directorial debut, "Blank Check", Disney's "Home Alone" clone
Began career as a ballet dancer
Short "The Open Window" aired as segment of "Showtime 30-Minute Movie"
Directed first TV-movie, "Dillinger" (ABC); first association with Patricia Arquette
Worked as a commercials director for products like Reebok (featuring tennis pro Michael Chang), Frito Lay (featuring Reba McEntire), McDonald's, Sprint and Converse, among others
Helmed every music video featuring M.C. Hammer; 14 of them aired as part of 1992 CBS primetime music special "Hammer from the Heart"
Directed the theatrical trailer for Michael Jackson's "HIStory" album
Had last acting role (to date) in "Dreamchild"
Directed "Stigmata", a thriller in the "Exorcist" mold starring Arquette, Gabriel Byrne and Jonathan Pryce
Moved to Southern California to study film at UCLA
One of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures, British-born Rupert Wainwright established his reputation as an award-winning maker of commercial spots (i. e., Reebok Shoes' "Blacktop" ads) and music videos (more than a dozen for M.C. Hammer). A former actor who appeared in two British films ("Another Country" 1984 and "Dreamchild" 1985), he directed the very stylish ABC TV-movie "Dillinger" (1991), starring Mark Harmon, before making his feature debut at the helm of the Disney programmer "Blank Check" (1994), a "Home Alone" clone which wallowed so exuberantly in conspicuous consumption that its ultimate "money can't buy happiness" message rang hollow. Wainwright followed with the original and often provocative "The Sadness of Sex" (1995), a collaboration with actor-writer Barry Yourgrau comprising 15 vignettes on the cyclical phases of courtship, romance, passion and breakup, each directed in a distinct visual style and accompanied by a different kind of music. Unfortunately, the excessive MTV-like parade of images and sounds and consciously disjointed narrative undercut the emotional impact of the elaborately mounted multimedia performance piece. Wainwright's next feature entry was "Stigmata" (1999), an "Exorcist" clone starring Patricia Arquette as a woman who may or may not be possessed by demons and Gabriel Byrne as the priest dispatched by the Vatican to uncover the truth.