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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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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
Darrow Igus ...
John Vick ...
Sheriff Simms (as John Vic)
Jim Jacobus ...
Mayor (as Jay Jacobs)
Fred Franklyn ...
Ric Moreno ...
Lee Socks ...
Ghost (as Lee Sacks)
Ghost (as Tommy Wallace)
Bill Taylor ...
Blake (voice)
Dr. Phibes
Laurie Arent ...
Lindsey Arent ...
Shari Jacoby ...
Christopher Cundey ...
Grocery Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bennett (uncredited)
Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

John Carpenter

Written by

John Carpenter ... (written by) and
Debra Hill ... (written by)

Produced by

Barry Bernardi ... associate producer
Charles B. Bloch ... executive producer
Pegi Brotman ... associate producer
Debra Hill ... producer

Music by

John Carpenter

Cinematography by

Dean Cundey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Charles Bornstein
Tommy Lee Wallace

Editorial Department

Joe Woo Jr. ... assistant editor

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 Franco ... first assistant director (as Larry J. Franco)
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 ... re-recording mixer
Frank Serafine ... special sound effects
William L. Stevenson ... sound designer: Stevensound Inc. (as William Stevenson)
Richard Tyler ... re-recording mixer (as Dick Tyler)
Ray West ... 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 / 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

Music Department

Jim Cypherd ... music mixer
Bob Walters ... music coordinator (as Bob Walter)
Dan Wyman ... electronic orchestrator / 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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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • John Carpenter's The Fog (United States)
  • John Carpenter's The Fog (United Kingdom)
  • Fog (France)
  • The Fog - Nebel des Grauens (Germany)
  • Der Nebel des Grauens (Germany)
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  • 89 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Although this was essentially a low budget independent movie, John Carpenter chose to shoot the movie in anamorphic widescreen Panavision. This decision gave the movie a grander feel for the viewer so this didn't seem like a low budget horror movie. See more »
Goofs In a few scenes, Dan the local weatherman is tracking the fog bank on his weather radar, and giving reports. Weather radars have never been able to detect fog. Today's most powerful state-of-the-art NEXRAD radars are sensitive enough to detect bugs, birds, and smoke plumes, but still not fog. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog' (1980). See more »
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Quotes Mr. Machen: 11:55, almost midnight. Enough time for one more story. One more story before 12:00, just to keep us warm. In five minutes, it will be the 21st of April. One hundred years ago on the 21st of April, out in the waters around Spivey Point, a small clipper ship drew toward land. Suddenly, out of the night, the fog rolled in. For a moment, they could see nothing, not a foot in front of them. Then, they saw a light. By God, it was a fire burning on the shore, strong enough to penetrate the swirling mist. They steered a course toward the light. But it was a campfire, like this one. The ship crashed against the rocks, the hull sheared in two, masts snapped like a twig. The wreckage sank, with all the men aboard. At the bottom of the sea, lay the Elizabeth Dane, with her crew, their lungs filled with salt water, their eyes open, staring to the darkness. And above, as suddenly as it come, the fog lifted, receded back across the ocean and never came again. But it is told by the fishermen, and their fathers and grandfathers, that when the fog returns to Antonio Bay, the men at the bottom of the sea, out in the water by Spivey Point will rise up and search for the campfire that led them to their dark, icy death.
[bells ring distantly]
Mr. Machen: 12:00, the 21st of April.
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