The Fog (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Fog (1980)



Critic Consensus: A well-crafted return to horror for genre giant John Carpenter, The Fog rolls in and wraps viewers in suitably slow-building chills.

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A weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood in a child's hand glows with spectral light an eerie fog envelops the bay, and from it's midst emerge dripping demonic victims of a century old shipwreck...seeking revenge against a small California coastal town.

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Adrienne Barbeau
as Stevie Wayne
Hal Holbrook
as Father Malone
Janet Leigh
as Kathy Williams
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Elizabeth Solley
Tom Atkins
as Nick Castle
Nancy Kyes
as Sandy Fadel
Charles Cyphers
as Dan O'Bannon
Ty Mitchell
as Andy Wayne
George 'Buck' Flower
as Tommy Wallace
John Allen Vick
as Sheriff Simms
James Canning
as Dick Baxter
Regina Walden
as Mrs. Kobritz
Darrow Igus
as Mel Sloane
Bill Taylor
as Bartender
Jim Canning
as Dick Baxter
Jim Haynie
as Hank Jones
John F. Goff
as Al Williams
Darwin Joston
as Dr. Phibes
John Strobel
as Grocery Clerk
Lee Sacks
as Ghost
John Carpenter
as Bennett (assistant at the church) (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Fog

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (15)

Unlike Halloween, which was a model of straight-forward terror and carefully controlled suspense, The Fog is constructed of random diversions.

January 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Ghoulish, tense and utterly fantastical, John Carpenter's tale of shipwrecked spectres squelching their way through a fluorescent fog to wreak vengeance on a seaside town is a classic campfire yarn.

January 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a failure, but it's a failure in the right direction.

January 29, 2020 | Full Review…

The Fog is an...atmospheric chiller, in which a luminous fog rolls into a Californian seaside town, bringing the ghosts of vengeful sailors, killed in a shipwreck a century before.

November 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's one of the director's most atmospheric, the shots of a wave-lashed cove and fog-choked headland making the town's impending reckoning almost poetic.

October 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Ultimately, it's a John Carpenter movie: concerned with group dynamics, unhelpful authority figures, strong women, the sins of the past, and that moment when helpless isolation shades into outright terror.

October 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fog


A classic horror that will probably seem a bit tame today. Still may cause a few chills as the pirates come knocking for victims in Antonio Bay!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

A good old fashioned ghost story told with verve (if predictability) by Mr. Carpenter. An old dirty deed returns to haunt the scene of the crime, the grandchildren of the criminals. Can they right the wrong before the dead bodies pile up even more? Carpenter keeps it all about the atmosphere and that works considerably. His handling of the music is reminiscent of another horror classic he helmed, and so will be familiar to his fans. Not bad stuff overall. John Houseman begins the piece with the only true understanding of how a ghost story should be told though. Interestingly, two, count 'em, two scream queens (a double-feature if you will), and not one needless titty shot in the whole piece.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A highly underrated horror gem by the great John Carpenter. So many great scenes and the score is one of Carpenter's best. Delivers relentless unpretentious thrills from beginning to end.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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