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The Fog (1980)

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An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stevie Wayne
... Elizabeth Solley
... Kathy Williams
... Mr. Machen
... Nick Castle
... Dick Baxter
... Dan O'Bannon
... Sandy Fadel (as Nancy Loomis)
Ty Mitchell ... Andy Wayne
... Father Malone
John F. Goff ... Al Williams (as John Goff)
... Tommy Wallace
Regina Waldon ... Mrs. Kobritz
... Dockmaster
Darrow Igus ... Mel
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The small fishing town of Antonio Bay is about to celebrate its centennial anniversary, little do the proud townsfolk realise though is that the towns founders built Antonio Bay on the foundations of deceit,murder and theft. Now 100 years later, the ghosts of the past are set to return to take a bloody revenge. Written by Iantjambo

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When the fog rolls in... the terror begins! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's The Fog  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,378,000
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2.35 : 1
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Although this was essentially a low budget independent film, John Carpenter chose to shoot the movie in anamorphic widescreen Panavision. This decision gave the film a grander feel for the viewer so it didn't seem like a low budget horror film. See more »

Goofs

When the fog cuts the telephone communication between KAB and the sheriff, the lines shown as being cut are actually the power lines, not the telephone cable. See more »

Quotes

Stevie Wayne: [speaking hysterically over radio] There's something in the fog!
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Soundtracks

Midnight Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by David Lindup
Courtesy Bruton Music Ltd., apm Music, Universal Music Publishing
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A frightening film
28 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Fog is an instant horror classic from the first scene- a salty, old sailor tells a group of young children the true story of a ghostly, wrecked ship. The scene was so simple yet so thrilling that the viewer is hooked (no pun intended) for the rest of the film. The cast is great and the music sets the tone just as it did for Halloween. The best part of the film is that it made no attempt to explain everything away in a hokey horror sense (Why are the bodies returning to life?). Things happen simply because they happen. Much like Night of the Living Dead, the characters are not concerned with why they are in danger, but more concerned with getting out of danger. On a side note, John Carpenter has the best endings of any filmmaker on the market. Just as Halloween and The Thing both ended with a sense of foreboding and silent terror, The Fog ends with style and allows the viewer one final scare. A definite hit!!!


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