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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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 ... 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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Against the backdrop of spine-chilling stories of drowned mariners and a 100-year-old shipwreck lying on the bottom of the sea, the peaceful community of the coastal town of Antonio Bay, California is making preparations to celebrate its centennial. However--as strange supernatural occurrences blemish the festivities--an impenetrable opaque mist starts to shroud the seaside village, leading to unaccountable disappearances and the spilling of warm bright-red blood. One long century ago, a hideous crime was committed by the town's elders. Now, the restless dead have returned for revenge, demanding justice. Is there something evil lurking in the fog? Written by Nick Riganas

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What you can't see won't hurt you... it'll kill you! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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John Carpenter has stated two inspirations for the film, both of which are related to Great Britain. The first was the British film The Crawling Eye (1958) which dealt with monsters hiding in the clouds. He also stated that he and his co-writer/producer, Debra Hill, were inspired by a trip to Stonehenge, the ancient monument in South West England, which was covered in fog during their visit. See more »

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At about 49 minutes, Andy and Mrs Kobritz are looking out of of the back sliding glass door. Behind them you can see that it is a sunny day with blue skies, but when Andy asks Mrs Kobritz, "what are those clouds out there", it cuts to a scene showing a dark day, near sunset. See more »

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Stevie Wayne: I don't know what happened to Antonio Bay tonight. Something came out of the fog and tried to destroy us. In one moment, it vanished. But if this has been anything but a nightmare, and if we don't wake up to find ourselves safe in our beds, it could come again. To the ships at sea who can hear my voice, look across the water, into the darkness. Look for the fog.
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Referenced in Tales of Halloween (2015) See more »

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Take It Steady
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Music by David Lindup
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Stay Away From the Glowing Fog
2 November 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

One hundred years ago, on April 21st, the wealthy leper Blake bought the vessel Elizabeth Dane and moved with his friends from a leper colony to California to build a town for them to live with more comfort. However, while crossing a fog in Spivey Point, they were misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the vessel toward the light and crashing her against the rocks. On the present days, on the celebration of the centenary of the fishing town Antonio Bay, a glowing fog appears, bringing the zombies of Blake and his crew to kill the residents. Father Robert Malone (Hal HolbrooK) finds the hidden journal of his grandfather in the wall of his church, and discloses that Antonio Bay was built with Blake's gold. Further, a group of conspirators including his grandfather lighted the fire to sink Elizabeth Dane and robber Blake's fortune and now the ghosts of Blake and his crew are seeking for revenge on the locals.

"The Fog" is a dark ghost story of this master of horror John Carpenter, who deserves an Oscar his great filmography. The cinematography and special effects are great, giving a scary atmosphere without the need of gore. It is nice to see again a gorgeous twenty-three years old Jamie Lee Curtis acting with her mother Janet Leigh. The screenplay builds the horror in a low pace, but increasing the tension. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Bruma Assassina" ("The Assassin Fog")

Note: On 14 Sep 2020, I saw this film again.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1980 (USA) See more »

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John Carpenter's The Fog See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,565, 28 October 2018

Gross USA:

$21,448,782

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,448,782
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2.35 : 1
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