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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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John Carpenter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Barbeau ... Stevie Wayne
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Elizabeth Solley
Janet Leigh ... Kathy Williams
John Houseman ... Mr. Machen
Tom Atkins ... Nick Castle
James Canning ... Dick Baxter
Charles Cyphers ... Dan O'Bannon
Nancy Kyes ... Sandy Fadel (as Nancy Loomis)
Ty Mitchell Ty Mitchell ... Andy Wayne
Hal Holbrook ... Father Malone
John F. Goff John F. Goff ... Al Williams (as John Goff)
George 'Buck' Flower ... Tommy Wallace
Regina Waldon Regina Waldon ... Mrs. Kobritz
Jim Haynie ... Dockmaster
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ... Mel
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Storyline

As the centennial of the small town of Antonio Bay, California approaches, paranormal activity begins to occur at midnight. 100 years ago, the wealthy leper Blake bought the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane and sailed with his people to form a leper colony. However, while sailing through a thick fog, they were deliberately misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the ship toward the light and crashing it against the rocks. While the town's residents prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town's founders committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the ominous glowing fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lock your doors. Bolt your windows. There's something in The Fog! See more »

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Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's The Fog See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,378,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Sandy and Mrs. Williams are driving to see Father Malone, it is sunny and clear outside. As they drive up a hill, the day is suddenly cloudy. Then, when they arrive at the church it is sunny and clear again. See more »

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[Dr. Phibes is recording his examination of Dick Baxter's body]
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A First Rate Ghost Film
3 October 2012 | by bayardhilerSee all my reviews

In "The Fog", John Carpenter manages to accomplish what few other directors are able to do: create a very chilling and spooky ghost film, a real rarity in Hollywood history. I have fond memories of watching this with my mother for the first time at night and remembering both of us having goosebumps. The movie begins with an old sea captain (played brilliantly by John Houseman) telling a group of children around a fire about a ship that crashed into the rocks because they saw a strange light in the area. All the men drowned, though their spirits never rested. Instead, they lie in wait for the day when they will take their revenge on those who wronged them. A very effective opening indeed. Though it does not end there. All around town, strange things begin to happen: car horns and lights start going off, glass is blown apart in local shops, and a strange fog seemly comes out of nowhere. Beware of this, because there's something very powerful in that fog. So many things make this movie what it is. First, the effects are simple but effective. Scenes are shot in a wide pan vision, giving the film a broader look, the fog is so simple but yet so intimidating at the same time. Then there is the acting. I don't think one could ask for a better cast then what we have here: Tom Atkins, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook, to name a few. But perhaps what really makes the movie what it is, is the fact that everyone loves a good ghost story, and John Carpenter, along with Debra Hill, manage to give us just that. PS. Remember to beware of the fog.


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