The Fog (1979)

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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.
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R (N/A)
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Horror
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Studio:
AVCO Embassy Pictures

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Cast

Adrienne Barbeau
as Stevie Wayne
Hal Holbrook
as Father Malone
Janet Leigh
as Kathy Williams
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Elizabeth Solley
John Houseman
as Machen
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
Jim Jacobus
as Mayor
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
Rob Bottin
as Blake
John Strobel
as Grocery Clerk
Lee Sacks
as Ghost
John Carpenter
as Bennett (assistant at the church) (uncredited)
Nancy Loomis
as Sandy Fadel
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
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Full Review… | October 19, 2005
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Full Review… | September 23, 2005
New York Times
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The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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February 9, 2004
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Fog

A simple but effective 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 (apart from hilarious).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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 you...how 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
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

"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
Eric S

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