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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:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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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 .... special effects: A. & A. Special Effects (as Richard Albain Jr.)
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)
 
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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 (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (re-rating) (2002) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | 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 (Approved No. 25792) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
While driving to the lighthouse, Stevie flips around the radio dial, and a broadcast confirming a search for the ship The Sea Grass is heard. The voice mentions "a sweep south of Waitely Point and Arkham Reef". Both Arkham Reef and the surname "Waitely" are references to writer H.P. Lovecraft, as he used both repeatedly in his stories. Carpenter is an admitted Lovecraft fan.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the fog appears the very first time, through the boat window, its borders don't fit the window perfectly.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Machen:11:55, almost midnight. Enough time for one more story. One more story before 12:00, just to keep us warm. In five minutes, it will be the 21st of April. One hundred years ago on the 21st of April, out in the waters around Spivey Point, a small clipper ship drew toward land...
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86 out of 104 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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