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The Fog (1980)




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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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Critic Reviews for The Fog

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (2)

Carpenter scared the wits out of audiences from coast to coast with Halloween. That was a treat. But The Fog is merely a series of bewitching tricks assembled by a film-school craftsman who believed that he could frighten people with slick gimmickry.

April 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

With The Fog, John Carpenter continued to see his reputation rise as one of the very best in the game, and it's a movie that certainly adds plenty to Carpenter's famed moniker as the Horror Master.

October 17, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

After taking a break from horror to make Elvis in 1979, John Carpenter returned to the genre with The Fog, an atmospheric ghost story set in the fictional Californian town of Antonio Bay.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A completely solid piece of horror filmmaking that's only slightly undone by its flaws as a piece of horror storytelling.

December 4, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Carpenter has always been a master of scaring us with what we're not seeing as opposed to delivering an onslaught of carnage to assault our senses and The Fog shows that you can scare the hell out of people without showing them a lot.

January 8, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fog


A classic horror that will probably seem a bit tame today. Still may cause a few chills as the pirates come knocking for victims in Antonio Bay!

Dean King
Dean King

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A good old fashioned ghost story told with verve (if predictability) by Mr. Carpenter. An old dirty deed returns to haunt the scene of the crime, the grandchildren of the criminals. Can they right the wrong before the dead bodies pile up even more? Carpenter keeps it all about the atmosphere and that works considerably. His handling of the music is reminiscent of another horror classic he helmed, and so will be familiar to his fans. Not bad stuff overall. John Houseman begins the piece with the only true understanding of how a ghost story should be told though. Interestingly, two, count 'em, two scream queens (a double-feature if you will), and not one needless titty shot in the whole piece.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A highly underrated horror gem by the great John Carpenter. So many great scenes and the score is one of Carpenter's best. Delivers relentless unpretentious thrills from beginning to end.

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