The Fog

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A Northern California fishing town, built 100 years ago over an old leper colony, is the target for revenge by a killer fog containing zombie-like ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths.

  • QueenOfHalloween

    This is one of my all time favorites. It’s EXTREMELY underrated!!! This is definitely one of the best John Carpenter movies. An absolute MUST for horror fans!

  • Savinis_bitch

    100% classic. love it love it.

    And the music is great too.

  • Ash Williams

    Just watched this for the first time. I loved it. Everything about this film is great. I would liked to see some more gore, but it really didnt take away from the film. I do wish I would’ve gotten a clearer shot one of the “ghosts”, but that did add to the creepiness factor of the film. This was an excellent idea, the plot was good, and the fog effects kick ass, especially for 1980. It had a little suspense to it too, when the fog was rolling in , I was at the edge of my seat. Overall, its def. a good film and will keep this in mind for future BD drafts as well. I am soooo glad I watched this tonite, and I wish I wouldve seen it sooner.

  • DoctorHerbertWest

    “Halloween” is the greatest and “The Fog” takes a close second place. John Carpenter break out your keyboard and give us another classic.

  • Protecious

    Underated is this lovely horror film by the great John Carpenter who was on a roll in the late 70s till late 80s. there was some pretty intense and scary moments, and visually the movie looked beautiful, hard to believe they did all this great stuff WITHOUT cgi!

  • Skalokos

    Carpenter is known for Halloween, thats a given, but its too bad because this is an incredibely good horror movie. The plot centers around the revenge of a bunch of leper-fisherman things with meat hooks destroying a small town. Think Stephen King’s The Mist, but gorier…and just, well, better. It is an awesome movie and even if you didn’t like Halloween you should still see this one.

  • downward_spiral

    One of Carpenters best. I remember watching this as a kid and it scared the shit outta me. Still a great movie today. The mood is creepy and tense and the score by Carpenter is just as good as always.

  • madmondo13

    Set in a fictional California town called Antonio Bay, it’s about a town on the verge of its centennial celebration. As the clock strikes midnight, a mysterious fog rolls across the water and into the town. Strange lights are emitted from The Fog and shadowy figures holding baling hooks and scythes appear and disappear, while all sorts of havoc breaks out in the town — car alarms go off, furniture moves around, and shit just gets all-around weird. Three sets of characters try to figure out what’s happening while also trying to stay alive — fisherman Nick and the beautiful hitchhiker/one-night-stand he picked up Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis); Kathy (Janet Leigh), the town matron who is organizing the centennial party with her assistant Sandy (Nancy Loomis), and Stevie (Adrienne Barbeau) the local DJ who can see the fog coming in from the lighthouse she works out of and is desperately trying to get her son out of danger. The story is a lean, tightly paced tale about the town’s dark history with a nasty sins-of-the-father twist. The cast is quite good — no brilliant, career changing performances, but each gives a solid, steady turn. Most intriguingly, it features three absolutely iconic female actresses (Barbeau, Leigh and Curtis, the latter two of which are real-life mother and daughter – an impressive collection of celluloid queens at different stages of their careers.

    The Fog is one of Carpenter’s more underrated films. It’s an effectively creepy ghost story with less emphasis on horror and gore, and more on a quiet sense of dread and eerie atmosphere. With a couple of pretty good jump-out-of-your-seat scares, The Fog is a wonderfully successful entry into the list of a dying breed of movies — the honest-to-goodness ghost story.

  • josh’snewnightmare

    An underated gem, a great ghost story and one that isn’t apprechiated enough by genre fans.

  • The Real Michael Myers

    This film is good I really like it. Again some asshole had to remake it WHY?

  • Asa Jones

    If you like Horror films with little blood but alot of suspense then watch this!! I loved this film. John Carpenter is my hero. i like all his films. people dont care much about the story of a Horror film now its more about blood and guts. i like gorey Horror films but to much and it spoils a film. you need a good story in a Horror film and this has one. A bunch off dead people wanting gold that they lost and killing six people. and The Fog had an eerie glow. I loved this film!!! no gore. so what. alot of action and a sense of excitement is what a film needs. and this one has it!!!!

  • JoshG16

    All I can say is its True Spooky, Ghost story horror film also amoong Cult Classic horror films and top from of John Carpenters Theme and style to the movie and is one of his best work. Eerri music and creepy and scary set makes this a brilliant gorey horror film qith great cast and amzing talent for this kind of film. Lv It!!!

  • immortaldeath

    Another reason why John Carpenter is my favorite director. The fog is awesome. The atmosphere, the soundtrack, and the suspense is top notch. As stated a very underrated film. If you have never seen the fog, get up and do it now!

  • PromNight2008

    A truly excellent film from beginning to end. It builds suspense very well, and Jamie Lee is very good as usual. This is actually my favorite Carpenter film– yes, even better than Halloween.

  • maynardmorrissey

    A classic Carpenter-masterpiece and undoubtedly one of the best, creepiest and most atmospheric horror movies ever made. Damn, this film is so atmospheric, it’s hard to believe. Apart from that, there’s a pretty good cast (Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Adrienne Barbeau…), an amazing soundtrack, beautiful cinematography and lots of suspense and tension. Simply amazing.

  • horrorfreak888

    very good

  • Morthalius

    Extremely atmospheric classic.

  • cannibalgirl

    any horror film with jamie lee curtis i usallly love and this is other one i love with her in it

  • SirSerling

    Another gem that fell off my radar when I was a kid. “The Fog” has plenty to enjoy for the 80′s horror fan. I love the eerie Halloween music and the Scream Queens hair-dew.

  • STRIK9

    Classic carpenter film.’nuff said.

  • Remember Slithis?

    A must own for any Horror fan.Great cast,atmosphere,plot,and gore.Watch and enjoy another Carpenter classic!Intense and creepy with a great oh sh#t ending!

  • bowers

    Never has bad weather been this freaky. With some great shots, a creepy score, and some awesome performances, this is another classic that rightfully deserves the title. although that fog horn does eventually drive you crazy…

  • T H E _ T H I N G

    One of John Carpenter’s best. It’s freaky, and I LOVE the use of the fog. it was surprisingly well done. Gotta see this one

  • TheGonzoJoint

    I absolutely adore seaside terror. As a resident of coastal Maine; I can relate to these tales for their locations, their adapted characters, their situations, and above all, their monsters. While there are certainly some seaside classics in the horror genre; it doesn’t get enough respect nowadays and I think that needs to change. But of course, until someone decides to be brave and take up the nigh impossible task of creating a new, great modern seaside horror movie; there’s always the classics – both major and minor- and John Carpenter’s “The Fog” is a good example of the latter part of that category.

    This is a very crafty little chiller that is almost certain to inspire its fair share of memorable frights. But did I really expect anything less from Carpenter – the man who could once effortlessly shell out genre classics such as “The Thing”, “Halloween”, and “They Live” -? Sure, he’s hit rock bottom in his career of late, but it’s movies like this one that allow us to look back on the good old days and smile. I had a lot of fun revisiting the flick (it’s been what, two years?); and for those who’ve never seen it, there’s a slew of pleasant surprises in store for the Carpenter-faithful.

    The location by the sea is Antonio Bay, which is somewhere in California. The film opens while the night is still young – or at least for a good few people -, and it’s then that we meet our characters; Father Malone (Hal Holbrook), radio DJ Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau), Nick Castle (Tom Atkins), and Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis) – a girl that Nick picks up while she’s hitchhiking and forms a strong romantic bond with over the course of the film’s story, which is only a day (or maybe two).

    So how do all these different people connect? How does it all come together? Well, I believe there is but a simple answer and solution in regards to that question; and that is to shed some light on a local legend brought up early on in the film. It is that of the Elizabeth Dane; a ship that sank along with all its men when the locals of Antonio Bay attacked the vessel in anger. Now, it’s been a century since the incident and the Bay is making a celebration out of it. It’s on that day – and night – that the spirits of the dead who were aboard that sunken ship will get their revenge on all those with blood ties to their assailants. The ghostly beings shall stay hidden within a thick fog; deceiving all their victims into believing that if it cannot be seen, then it cannot hurt you. In this case, they’ve got it all wrong.

    The fog rolls in. The household electronics are acting up. Glass shatters on random. Dogs are barking throughout the night; seemingly at nothing. And the radio DJ stays safely in her impenetrable fortress; a lighthouse. To say the least, all who live in Antonio Bay are in for the night of their lives; that is, if they can hold on to them long enough!

    Yes, I just assigned a self-found cheesy 80′s-esque tagline to “The Fog”; but that’s perfectly fine and even somewhat fitting, given that “The Fog” is a cheesy 80′s horror movie. But that’s what makes it so much fun. Carpenter doesn’t drift too far away from his typical style, and he tends to shy away from any real bloodshed. If he showed any of it, there would be blood indeed. But he’s smarter; and his focus is on the creepiness of his idea, his story, and his atmosphere; all built up by his techniques and general stylistics as a filmmaker. This is easily one of his better works, and while it’s sometimes preposterous and thoroughly simplistic, I was plenty entertained throughout. I didn’t expect greatness, I just expected a good piece of entertainment; and that is what I got.

    My advice is to give “The Fog” a chance; because you might just get lost in it for the hour and a half that it demands, and who knows, you might even enjoy it. There’s always a chance that you will find the flaws – a simple plot, forgettable characters (who are still enjoyable to spend time with regardless), and a general sense of faltering in comparison to the great films of Carpenter – but I’d suggest not going in expecting to not enjoy yourself. One should never bring cynicism into a movie; unless you’re like me and you watch plenty of movies that you know are going to be trash. Let me tell you up front; this is not trash, nor is it bad. “The Fog” is suspenseful, creepy, well-shot, and competently acted. You get what you came for; a whole lot of fog, a good amount of scares, and plenty of Carpenter to go around.