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The Fog (1980)

 -  Horror  -  8 February 1980 (USA)
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A Northern California fishing town, built 100 years ago over an ancient leper colony, becomes shrouded by a killer fog containing zombie-like ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths.

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The centenary of the small seaside town of Antonio Bay, California is approaching. One hundred years ago, the wealthy leper Blake bought the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane and sailed with his people to form a leper colony. However, while sailing through a thick fog, they were deliberately misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the ship toward the light and crashing her against the rocks. While the townsfolk prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town's founding fathers committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs. Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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leper | fog | bay | california | ship | See more »

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Lock your doors. Bolt your windows. There's something in THE FOG! See more »

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John Carpenter's The Fog  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,378,000 (USA)
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Portraying Sandy Fadel in this John Carpenter film was actress Nancy Kyes, who was known at the time and billed in the movie as as Nancy Loomis, having the same last name as the psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), a regular character in the "Halloween" franchise, of which Carpenter directed the first Halloween (1978) classic horror film in the series, made and released about a couple of years before The Fog (1980). See more »

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When Sandy and Mrs. Williams are driving to see Father Malone, it is sunny and clear outside. As they drive up a hill, the day is suddenly cloudy. Then, when they arrive at the church it is sunny and clear again. See more »

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[a tape recording of K-A-B promos has just slowed down]
Blake's Voice: Something that one lives with like an albatross round the neck. No, more like a millstone. A plumbing stone, by God! Damn them all!
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A film that is truly terrifying?!? …It exists and it's named `the Fog'
29 April 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

A solid, powerful story…slowly developing and photographed with a unique sense for tension. THAT is `The Fog'. This story will leave a big impression on you and it's easily John Carpenter's best and most effective horror film. His most underrated as well, since people always refer to `Halloween' and `The Thing' when listing his best accomplishments as a director. Personally, I think The Fog is much more haunting and fascinating than these two, and it's one of the very few films that still scares me after all these years. Uniquely set in a small coast-town called Antonio Bay, where the inhabitants are preparing the celebrations for the town's hundredth anniversary. Only, they do not know that the genesis of their town went together with a devilish conspiracy, resulting in the unfortunate death of many seamen. These doomed victims rise again now, suddenly appearing from mysterious fogbanks that come from the ocean. If you're – like me - a sucker for ghostly myths set in abandoned surrounding, The Fog will be one of your most satisfying purchases ever. Carpenter brilliantly builds up an unbearable tension through simple methods, like long shots of an isolated countryside and a chilling musical score (not as famous as his `Halloween' score but equally effective). The bloodshed and images of cold-hearted monsters are kept to a minimum in order to leave it up to your own imagination. And for once, this actually works! The detailed sequences in which the town gets surrounded by an inescapable fog is more than horrific enough. Forget about all the overblown, big-budgeted and so-called `horrifying' films… This little, overlooked production scares the hell out of people since more than 20 years already. And it'll keep on doing so for yet another very long time!


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