There's an extra benefit to remakes in the current movie market: rest assured when a remake is hitting theaters, the original will be brought out of retirement for the home DVD market (in a super deluxe edition if it was previously available). Why else would anyone remake The Fog, a minor horror film with a small following thanks to an original premise?
This updated version does what most updates do: they add in popular music for the era, copy spots of the script, add in some new special effects, and generally disgrace any memories of the original. The concept the same, as a small town's founders burn up a ship of lepers to steal the gold to build the town. This key plot point is buried somewhere in the dialogue that rarely strays far from people screaming.
Aside from some creepy uses of (what else) the fog, only one impressive sequence exists in this remake. That's the flashback to the leper incident 100 years ago, featuring impressive pyrotechnic stunt work and a sharp eye to milk the drama. Everything in the present day is dull, lifeless, and generic, a sad statement for a horror film that tried to stand out back in 1980.
Maggie Grace and Tom Welling lead a small cast against the growing crisis as the fog makes its way on shore. Scenes are typical for a horror film: mainly lots of driving and running away from the problem. One or two death sequences provide minor gore, and this unrated cut adds three minutes somewhere along the way.
When The Fog does gain momentum, it's far too late. The short running time cuts any of that short and the disappointing, completely ridiculous ending doesn't even try to draw viewers' attention away from how bored they are. It had a few chances, but it doesn't capitalize on any of them.