The FogDirector: John Carpenter
Following the phenomenal box-office success of his seminal horror classic Halloween, director John Carpenter teamed up with producer Debra Hill for a second independent horror project, this time in the mode of an old-fashioned ghost story. The end result was The Fog, a spooky romp about a dark secret that returns to haunt the Pacific fishing community of Antonio Bay on the 100th anniversary of the town's charter. Carpenter sets the mood in the film's prologue, which features grizzled old sea salt Mr. Machen (John Houseman) spinning ghost stories for a group of local children. For his final tale, he recounts the legend of the Elizabeth Dane -- a ship which crashed 100 years ago against the very rocks upon which the children are sitting. Meanwhile, as the clock strikes midnight on the fateful anniversary of that disaster, eerie phenomena begin to plague the town as a dense fog bank creeps toward the bay. Seeming to appear from nowhere and emitting a ghostly glow, the fog surrounds a small trawler filled with drunken fishermen, who glimpse the vague outline of a decrepit sailing vessel before being brutally killed by shadowy figures brandishing hooks and swords. That morning, news of their disappearance is relayed to the town by Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau), owner and operator of the local radio station. The news reaches the wife of one of the fishermen, city councilwoman Kathy Williams (Janet Leigh) and local boy Nick Castle (Tom Atkins), who takes a trip out to the abandoned boat to investigate, accompanied by teenage drifter Elizabeth Solley (Jamie Lee Curtis). As the day progresses, a grim series of events paints a decidedly unpleasant picture of Antonio Bay's founders, and foreshadows the ghostly retribution that awaits the town's present-day residents. When Mrs. Williams visits local priest Fr. Malone (Hal Holbrook) about a benediction for that night's centennial ceremony, he relates a ghastly tale discovered in his grandfather's journal, which details the town fathers' decision to murder a group of lepers who had planned to build a commune outside of Antonio Bay. Just as the night's proceedings are haunted by the horrors of the past, the ghosts of the murdered dead have returned to seek symbolic revenge by claiming the lives of six townspeople, arriving amid the ominous fog bank which has completely engulfed Antonio Bay. Carpenter reportedly shot and inserted additional gory scenes after the original 'PG' cut failed to impress preview audiences.
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- Shout Factory
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Adrienne Barbeau||Stevie Wayne|
|Hal Holbrook||Father Malone|
|Janet Leigh||Kathy Williams|
|Jamie Lee Curtis||Elizabeth Solley|
|Tom Atkins||Nick Castle|
|Nancy Loomis||Sandy Fadel|
|Charles Cyphers||Dan O'Bannon|
|Ty Mitchell||Andy Wayne|
|John Allen Vick||Sheriff Simms|
|Tommy Lee Wallace||Ghost|
|Regina Walden||Mrs. Kobritz|
|Jim Canning||Dick Baxter|
|John F. Goff||Al Williams|
|George "Buck" Flower||Tommy Wallace|
|Jim Haynie||Hank Jones|
|Darrow Igus||Mel Sloane|
|Darwin Joston||Dr. Phibes|
|John Carpenter||Bennett (assistant at the church) (uncredited)|
|John Carpenter||Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|Dick Albain||Special Effects|
|Don Behrns||Production Manager|
|Charles B. Bloch||Executive Producer|
|Rob Bottin||Special Effects|
|Larry Franco||Asst. Director|
|Stephen Loomis||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Craig Stearns||Art Director|
|Raymond Stella||Camera Operator|
|Tommy Lee Wallace||Editor,Production Designer|
|Bill Whitten||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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a good ghost story. John Carpenter directs this film about a sleepy coastal town that is terrorized by vengeance seeking mariners who want their gold that was stolen exactly 100 years ago.not overly scary but some chills and a spooky story will keep you interested. Jamie Lee Curtis is solid as a hitchiker who stumbles upon the eerie happenings, Hal Holbrook is convincing as Father Malone and Adrienne Barbeau is good as a lighthouse music DJ.
I love good old fashion ghost stories and John Carpenter knows how to create them. He is a master at creating an atmosphere which sets the stage for the story.
It has its creepy moments. You don't quite see the pirates except there in the dark. It leaves you to imagine what they could look like. Another good John Carpenter film. The soundtrack, atmosphere and suspense is good. Remake, not so much. In this one there's a lot of familiar faces from other Carpenter films. Recommend, if you're a fan of scary movies or films by John Carpenter.
This is my favorite John Carpenter movie aside from Halloween and The Thing! The perfect horror film! There's no excessive language, nudity, or violence. Can't understand why it's rated R. The Fog has the best pirate ghosts in motion picture history! Carpenter continues to surpass himself. The remake of The Fog is pure garbage! See the original instead!
One of Carpenter's best, THE FOG might not reach the level of HALLOWEEN nor is it as original as THE THING. However, it makes up for that by being something most 80s horror movies weren't; an old school ghost tale that relies not on set pieces, speical effects or gore, but on character development, tight storytelling and atmosphere. Highly recommended.
I first saw this on tv and decided to buy it. It's about a small town thats celebrating its centennial. 100 years before, a colony of lepers was wanting to move in less than a mile away, so the towns people killed them by tricking them to come into the shore, they lured them in by a fire, on a night when an eerie fog settled in the bay. The ship went crashing down in the rocks, and the townspeople stole their gold. In the early morning of the centennial, everything goes crazy, car alarms go off and lights flash, horns go off and much much more. The priest in the town, Father Malone, discovers a journal left by his grandfather, who killed the lepers, that describes the plan of how they did it. Well, another eerie fog settles in, and lights are flashing in it. There's something in the fog. Something evil. It kills all the decsendants of those who killed them, all while searching for their gold. This movie works very greatly in your mind. It is a classic ghost story. I enjoyed this movie despite many terrible reviews that I read. It stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and others. This movie delivers, long after one of the best lines of the movie, as well as the most haunting, ''Watch for the fog,'' Barbeau says. I'd strongly advise buying this movie! It is a must-have for any horror fan