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The Fog -- According to legend, six sailors killed when shipwrecked 100 years ago in Antonio Bay, California, will rise to avenge their deaths when a strange glowing fog appears. The town is commemorating the centenary of the shipwreck and Father Malone discovers that the ship was wrecked by six founder fathers of the town. The vengeance of their victims will be the death of six people.
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Director:
Writers:
John Carpenter (written by) and
Debra Hill (written by)
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Release Date:
8 February 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What you can't see won't hurt you... it'll kill you! See more »
Plot:
Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers but no one believes it. On the eve of the town's centennial many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (written by) and
Debra Hill (written by)

Edgar Allan Poe  quotation (uncredited)

Produced by
Barry Bernardi .... associate producer
Charles B. Bloch .... executive producer
Pegi Brotman .... associate producer
Debra Hill .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Bornstein 
Tommy Lee Wallace 
 
Production Design by
Tommy Lee Wallace 
 
Art Direction by
Craig Stearns 
 
Costume Design by
Stephen Loomis  (as Steven Loomis)
Bill Whitten 
 
Makeup Department
Rob Bottin .... special makeup
Tina Cassady .... hair stylist
Dante Palmiere .... makeup artist
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist (as Ed Ternes)
Erica Ueland .... makeup artist (as Erica Ulland)
Steve Johnson .... special makeup effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Behrns .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry J. Franco .... first assistant director
James van Wyck .... second assistant director (as James Van Wyck)
 
Art Department
Kathleen Hughes .... props
Randy Moore .... assistant art director (as Charles R. Moore)
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... supervising sound editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer
Ron Horwitz .... supervising sound editor
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Serafine .... special sound effects
William L. Stevenson .... sound designer: Stevensound Inc. (as William Stevenson)
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Tyler)
Ray West .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Bob Newlan .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Elliot Tyson .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Albain Jr. .... special effects: A. & A. Special Effects
Rob Bottin .... effects: Blake
Dean Cundey .... effects: Blake
Ron Nary .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
James F. Liles .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
James Winburn .... stunt driver (as James Windburn)
Mags Kavanaugh .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Buttfield .... electrician (as Scott Butfield)
Tim Doughten .... grip
Steven Fierberg .... electrician (as Steve Fierberg)
Ben Haller .... key grip
Steve Mathis .... best boy electrician
David Michels .... grip (as Dave Michels)
Krishna Rao .... second assistant camera
Dylan Shephard .... best boy (as Dylan Shepherd)
Stephen St. John .... first assistant camera (as Steve St. John)
Raymond Stella .... camera operator
Raymond Stella .... second unit camera
Mark Walthour .... gaffer
Kim Gottlieb .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ben Roscolene .... key grip (uncredited)
John M. Stephens .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bloore .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Joe Woo Jr. .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jim Cypherd .... music mixer
Bob Walters .... music coordinator (as Bob Walter)
Dan Wyman .... electronic orchestrator
Dan Wyman .... electronic realization
 
Other crew
Donald P. Borchers .... production accountant (as Don Borchers)
Mary Francis Flynn .... production assistant
Alexandra Hawler .... production assistant
Burke Mattsson .... title designer
Steve McMillian .... production assistant
Ed Pine .... unit publicist
Jeanne Rosenberg .... script supervisor
Katy Sweet .... unit publicist
Randy Zook .... production assistant
Ruth Ann Crudup-Brown .... teacher (uncredited)
Mel Epstein .... completion (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's The Fog" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (re-rating) (2002) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 (original rating) | Spain:12 (re-rating) (2010) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #25792) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [John Carpenter] [names]Characters Nick Castle, Dan O'Bannon, Tommy Wallace are all named after Carpenter's real-life collaborators from his previous films. Mrs Kobritz was named after Richard Kobritz, Carpenter's producer on Someone's Watching Me! (1978) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Father Malone finds what's left of Blake's gold melted down into a crucifix, he lifts it up and offers it to him. But solid gold is very heavy, he would never be able to lift that crucifix that way.See more »
Quotes:
[Nick and Elizabeth are on board The Sea Grass]
Nick Castle:I don't believe in luck, good or bad. I don't believe in anything much. Something did happen once. My father was a fisherman. He ran a trawler out of Whitley Reef. One night, late, he was coming back in. He was out beyond the reef, out near Spivey Point...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Backstory: Halloween" (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
WondergrooveSee more »

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87 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Old-fashioned horror movie works like a charm, 1 April 2005
Author: Libretio

THE FOG

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Mono

While celebrating its centenary birthday, a small Californian coastal town is visited by a ghostly fog containing an army of murderous spirits who take revenge for a terrible injustice.

Released on a wave of expectation following the worldwide success of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN (1978), THE FOG surprised everyone by generating only moderate returns at the US box-office, though it's arguably the better of the two films. Beautifully photographed by Carpenter stalwart Dean Cundey (BACK TO THE FUTURE, JURASSIC PARK, etc.), this unassuming 'ghost story' opens on a lonely clifftop at midnight, where crusty old sea dog John Houseman tells an audience of wide-eyed children how their home town was built on the foundations of tragedy. As with HALLOWEEN, the pace is slow but steady, punctuated by a series of well-judged scares, and there's a relentless accumulation of details which belies the script's modest ambitions.

Jamie Lee Curtis headlines the movie opposite her real life mother Janet Leigh, though Hal Holbrook takes the acting honors as a frightened priest who realizes the town was founded on deception and murder. As the fog rolls in, the narrative reaches an apocalyptic crescendo, as the film's principal cast are besieged by zombie-like phantoms inside an antiquated church, in scenes reminiscent of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968). Scary stuff, to be sure, though Carpenter was forced to add new material during post-production in an effort to 'beef up' the movie's horror quotient, including a memorable late-night encounter between a fishing boat and the occupants of a ghostly schooner which looms out of the swirling fog (similar scenes would be added to HALLOWEEN II in 1981 for the same reasons, though under less agreeable circumstances). Production values are solid, and Carpenter cranks up the tension throughout, resulting in a small masterpiece of American Gothic. Highly recommended.

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