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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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The Fog -- Clip: The Fog Kills Grandma


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John Carpenter (written by) and
Debra Hill (written by)
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Release Date:
8 February 1980 (USA) See more »
What you can't see won't hurt you... it'll kill you! See more »
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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Stylish, Creepy…but a little Foggy! See more (329 total) »


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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
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)
Peter Lonsdale .... projectionist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's The Fog" - USA (complete title)
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89 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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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 »
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 »
Elizabeth Solley:Listen, I never hitchhiked before. I just really want to be careful. Can I ask you something?
Nick Castle:Sure
Elizabeth Solley:Are you weird?
Nick Castle:Yes, I am. Yes, I am weird.
Elizabeth Solley:You are weird. Thank God you're weird. The last one was so normal, it was disgusting.
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32 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Stylish, Creepy…but a little Foggy!, 23 June 2005
Author: Boggman from Laguna Hills, CA

While not John Carepenter's best movie, "The Fog" is an atmospheric ghost story that delivers a few good chills. We can't expect our beloved horror movies from the 70's and 80's to hold up forever, and "The Fog" has become a little dated over time.

"The Fog" is very scenic and has a great ensemble cast including Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh (Jamie's real life mother), and a small cameo by John Houseman… just to name a few.

I particularly liked the premise of Jamie Lee Curtis's character Elizabeth Solley, a solo hitchhiker on her way to Vancouver who gets picked up by local resident Nick Castle (Tom Atkins), sleeps with him the first night they meet, and then never leaves his side through the rest of the movie as the terror of "The Fog" unfolds.

Boy, you just HAVE to love the 80's!!!

The small coastal town of Antonio Bay is celebrating it's 100 year anniversary. However, also 100 years ago a ship sailed along its shores and a curse was born. Unbeknownst to the new residents, the sailors of that vessel have come back, walking through the nightly glowing fog to kill and avenge the loss of the treasure that was stolen from them.

I won't say more as not to give the movie away. For nostalgic purposes, this film is definitely worth a viewing. If it's been a very long time since you've watched "The Fog" and you don't remember it all too well (as was the case with me) it's worth a second look indeed.

"The Fog" is not bloodbath/slasher horror, but it does make for a good spooky late night film. With the current remake currently in production and to be released by 10-05, what better time to revisit the original!!


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