The Fog (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Fog (1979)




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Movie Info

A weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood in a child's hand glows with spectral light an eerie fog envelops the bay, and from it's midst emerge dripping demonic victims of a century old shipwreck...seeking revenge against a small California coastal town.more
Rating: R (N/A)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Debra Hill, John Carpenter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2002
AVCO Embassy Pictures


Adrienne Barbeau
as Stevie Wayne
Hal Holbrook
as Father Malone
Janet Leigh
as Kathy Williams
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Elizabeth Solley
Tom Atkins
as Nick Castle
Nancy Kyes
as Sandy Fadel
Charles Cyphers
as Dan O'Bannon
Ty Mitchell
as Andy Wayne
George 'Buck' Flower
as Tommy Wallace
John Allen Vick
as Sheriff Simms
James Canning
as Dick Baxter
Regina Walden
as Mrs. Kobritz
Darrow Igus
as Mel Sloane
Bill Taylor
as Bartender
Jim Canning
as Dick Baxter
Jim Haynie
as Hank Jones
John F. Goff
as Al Williams
Darwin Joston
as Dr. Phibes
John Strobel
as Grocery Clerk
Lee Sacks
as Ghost
John Carpenter
as Bennett (assistant a...
Nancy Loomis
as Sandy Fadel
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Critic Reviews for The Fog

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (6)

The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Though the plot is implausible and the unfolding story hardly makes any sense, Carpenter stylishly presents an eerie atmosphere for the zombie invasion.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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… | August 24, 2013
Creative Loafing

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… | August 1, 2013
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
The Dissolve

A definite top ten holder for me.

Full Review… | July 21, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Fog

A simple but efficient horror movie with an atmospheric score and some good scares even if the script is sometimes illogical and full of plot holes. Besides, it proves that showing dead people knocking on doors before entering can be really scary (besides hilarious).

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Filmed two years after the success of 'Halloween' and the kick off for Carpenter's cult movie making career. A cute little horror flick this, a nice old fashioned spooky sea yarn that wouldn't look outta place as a Scooby Doo plot if done that way.

Overall a very basic film with bottom of the barrel effects clearly done on a shoestring yet it still works effectively. I love the mist effects in this film as they remind me of many old classic black n white horror's. A really nice kind of 'Twilight Zone' feel about the proceedings that gives great atmosphere and a decent chill to the bone with all the misty cold dusk vista's.

As said the film is very basic but offers nice creativity on all counts. The nasty spooky ghosts are merely actors in dark clothes and shot in silhouette, the odd bit of seaweed draped on their arms and leader Captain Blake has glowing red eyes. They simply turn up with the fog and knock on peoples doors hoping to be let in so they can kill polite!

Of course the cast is a classic line up of character actors, some of which Carpenter used for his previous popular horror flick, I don't need to mention them do I. Although personally I wouldn't have used Curtis again, bit samey.

I like this film very much, it has a great eerie factor with a plain and simple plot, no silly frills, a pure quality ghost story of old. Loved the use of a smoke machine to pump in the menacing fog at the required moments, so very cheap n obvious but so very cool.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
Edgar Allen Poe
Deadly ghosts of murdered lepers come out of fog banks to terrorize the small Northern California town Antonio Bay(Point Reyes). Adrienne Barbeau stars as a radio jockey(Stevie Wayne) with a son that is told a "ghost" story of what essentially transpires by the late/great John Housemen who portrays a grizzled old salt(Machen) . This sets the mood for the film perfectly with his unique voice tone. John Carpenter's brilliant soundtrack work enhances the eerie premise as well. His cameo as assistant to Father Malone(Hal Holbrook) is silly, but I wouldn't put it past him to intentionally be bad for a certain effect. Regardless, he's one hell of a great horror filmmaker and cool guy.
And hey, we even get the scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis in this one.

Eric S

Super Reviewer

The Fog Quotes

Kathy Williams: Sandy, you're the only person I know who can make 'Yes, Ma'am' sound like 'screw you'.
Sandy Fadel: Yes, Ma'am.
– Submitted by Bria M (3 years ago)
Father Malone: Blake, I have your gold. My grandfather stole it from you. I'm the one who must answer for it.
– Submitted by Mark H (4 years ago)

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