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The Fog (1980)

Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.

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As the centennial of the small town of Antonio Bay, California approaches, paranormal activity begins to occur at midnight. 100 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 it against the rocks. While the town's residents prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town's founders committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the ominous glowing fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,378,000 (USA)
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When the opening credits roll just as Tom Atkins credit appears, it plays over an eerie shot of Antonio Bay at night with a car head lights seen driving along a coastal road in the distance. At a Q&A session director John Carpenter said that this is Tom Atkins's character driving along the road he later picks Jamie Leigh Curtis up on. See more »

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When Nick & the group are at the church near the end of the film, Nick grabs Father Malone's whiskey bottle and smashes it. Whiskey is shown soaking one of the pews. A few minutes later, the same pew is shown again and the pew is perfectly dry. The amount of broken glass has changed as well. See more »

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Kathy Williams: Are you going to give the benediction tonight, father?
Father Malone: Antonio bay has a curse on it.
Sandy Fadel: Do we take that as a "no"?
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Music by David Lindup
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A Glowing Review
19 November 2002 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

I watched The Fog for the first time since the early 1980's the other night. John Carpenter and Debra Hill did a fine job with this one.

The good points of the movie deal with the overall story and the setting of the film. The story is explained fully during the movie and the setting in California is superb and creepy. The music is also disturbing. The background music coupled with the uneasiness and lonliness of the town, Antonio Bay, is very effective. No gore whatsoever in this one so the whole family may watch this movie together. When I was about 10 or 11 years old this movie did scare me quite a bit. The only negative was the characterization. No character development at all but that was probably intended. Jamie Lee Curtis's role is strange. Some references to Halloween are also found in the film. i.e. Look out for the name of one of the main characters.

Overall a good movie. Not great but good. 6 out of 10.


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