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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 »
User Reviews:
A film that is truly terrifying?!? …It exists and it's named `the Fog' See more (320 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
 
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: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:
Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, the leads, do not appear together in any scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Elizabeth & Nick are riding along in the truck after he first picks her up, we see the glass in the windows begin to smash inward. One can briefly see the object used to break the glass before each smash.See more »
Quotes:
Tommy Wallace:She's crazy. There's no fog bank out there.
[other men talk]
Tommy Wallace:There's no fog bank out there.
[more talk]
Tommy Wallace:There's no fog bank out there.
[after a moment, fog begins to appear]
Tommy Wallace:Hey, there's a fog bank out there.
Al Williams:All right, I'm drunk enough. Let's go back.
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FAQ

Why does Dick Baxter scratch the number '3' on the floor?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
What is 'The Fog' about?
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86 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
A film that is truly terrifying?!? …It exists and it's named `the Fog', 29 April 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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