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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as Stevie Wayne
as Father Malone
as Kathy Williams
as Elizabeth Solley
as Nick Castle
as Sandy Fadel
as Dan O'Bannon
as Andy Wayne
as Tommy Wallace
as Sheriff Simms
as Dick Baxter
as Mrs. Kobritz
as Mel Sloane
as Dick Baxter
as Hank Jones
as Al Williams
as Dr. Phibes
as Grocery Clerk
as Bennett (assistant at the church) (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Fog
Unlike Halloween, which was a model of straight-forward terror and carefully controlled suspense, The Fog is constructed of random diversions.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Fog Quotes
|Kathy Williams:||Sandy, you're the only person I know who can make "Yes, Ma'am" sound like "screw you".|
|Kathy Williams:||Sandy, you're the only person I know who can make 'Yes, Ma'am' sound like 'screw you'.|
|Sandy Fadel:||Yes, Ma'am.|
|Father Malone:||"Blake, I have your gold. My grandfather stole it from you. I'm the one who must answer for it."|
|Father Malone:||Blake, I have your gold. My grandfather stole it from you. I'm the one who must answer for it.|