• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    John Carpenter
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1979 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 2002
  • AVCO Embassy Pictures


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The Fog Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The Fog is right in line with the types of film Carpenter made before his professional fall from grace: It's unpretentious genre fun, stylishly assembled and populated with colorful characters.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Released four years after the Bicentennial, 'The Fog' might be a jaundiced corrective to the often uncritical self-congratulation of America's birthday celebration, with the ghosts as manfestations of manifest destiny's bloody heritage.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 1, 2013
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Halloween brought classic genre style into a new era, and The Fog goes even further in that direction.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A definite top ten holder for me.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

July 21, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh

... makes the most of the dramatic possibilities inherent in an isolated coastal town, as well as the scare potential of darkness, fog, and silent strangers bearing longshoremen's hooks.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 8/10

October 27, 2011
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Not much gore, but still too intense for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 15, 2010
Brian Holcomb

During this period, Carpenter and his fine collaborator the late Debra Hill were so good at crafting suspenseful, slow burn horror stories with multiple storylines.

Full Review Source: Kinetofilm | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 31, 2010
Dustin Putman

Orchestrates a thick pall of apprehension and good-time suspense.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 24, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a good, old-fashioned ghost story.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

July 7, 2007
Staci Layne Wilson

The Fog still holds up.

Full Review Source: About.com

January 30, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Crucial factors are missing in yet another horror flick serving up a dull collection of stock types whose illogical and frequently stupid actions are necessary to advance plot and generate what passes for suspense.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 27, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O roteiro é de uma tolice pavorosa, mas Carpenter consegue gerar tensão e bons sustos até mesmo com o recurso absurdo de fazer seus vilões baterem na porta antes de entrar.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2006
Dan Fienberg

Fairly dull ghost story occasionally given a boost by the cast and by Carpenter's proficiency with the genre. Occasionally.

| Original Score: 1/5

November 10, 2005
Clint Morris
Film Threat

Ten remakes wouldn't even surpass this creepy classic's greatness. The definitive horror film.

Full Review Source: Film Threat

October 22, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Creates a sense of near-apocalyptic gloom.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

October 21, 2005
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Not up to Carpenter's Halloween or The Thing, but a solid, atmospheric suspense film nevertheless.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The Fog is a ghost story with just the right balance of special effects artistry, menacing music and visual poetry.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 29, 2004
Andreas Samuelson

A good, scary film.

Full Review Source: Slasherpool | Original Score: 4/5

January 26, 2004
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

A disappointing follow-up to Carpenter's Halloween

| Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2003
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