Jan 30, 2020
Unlike Halloween, which was a model of straight-forward terror and carefully controlled suspense, The Fog is constructed of random diversions.
Jan 29, 2020
It's a failure, but it's a failure in the right direction.
Jan 29, 2020
Ghoulish, tense and utterly fantastical, John Carpenter's tale of shipwrecked spectres squelching their way through a fluorescent fog to wreak vengeance on a seaside town is a classic campfire yarn.
Nov 2, 2018
The Fog is an...atmospheric chiller, in which a luminous fog rolls into a Californian seaside town, bringing the ghosts of vengeful sailors, killed in a shipwreck a century before.
Oct 25, 2018
It's one of the director's most atmospheric, the shots of a wave-lashed cove and fog-choked headland making the town's impending reckoning almost poetic.
Oct 24, 2018
Ultimately, it's a John Carpenter movie: concerned with group dynamics, unhelpful authority figures, strong women, the sins of the past, and that moment when helpless isolation shades into outright terror.
Oct 22, 2018
The Fog is pivotal to the cementing of Carpenter's aesthetic.
Apr 28, 2018
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.
Jul 23, 2013
Halloween brought classic genre style into a new era, and The Fog goes even further in that direction.
Mar 26, 2009
Story exposition and setting are well-established before the opening titles are over, and The Fog proceeds to layer one fright atop another.
Jan 26, 2006
Carpenter's confidence is outrageous; the range of his models even more so (from Poe to RKO); and the achievement is all his own, despite ragged moments and occasional hesitations.
Nov 10, 2005
Fairly dull ghost story occasionally given a boost by the cast and by Carpenter's proficiency with the genre. Occasionally.
Oct 21, 2005
Creates a sense of near-apocalyptic gloom.
Oct 23, 2004
The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.
Feb 9, 2004
The dead men spend a good deal of the movie persecuting a newcomer in town, which raises serious questions about their revenge competence.