The Fog (1980) Movie Review

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The Fog (1980)

1980 | R | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
89 minutes / 1h 29min

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The Fog Plot Synopsis:

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.

The Fog (1980) Review

The Fog (1980) is a 1h 29-min rated R low-budget independent American fantasy horror film that was shot in California, USA from April 1979 to May 1979. Director and screenplay co-writer John Carpenter (Halloween (1978), Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981), They Live (1988)) also created the music for the film. John was not happy with the movie and decided to add the prolog where Mr. Machen (John Houseman) tells ghost stories. He also added several new scenes and re-shot other scenes so that he can make the movie a little more frightening, comprehensible and bloody. About one-third of the released film had newer footage. The fog is John’s first theatrical film after the success of Halloween (1978), and The Fog gained a cult following years after it was released. The film had an estimated budget of $1 million and grossed over $21 million at the box offices domestically.

The Fog is about a strange, glowing fog that hovers over a small town in California which is not that bad but this is no ordinary glowing fog because it awakens the ghosts of mariners killed in a shipwreck 100 years ago. The small coastal town started to experience paranormal activity on the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck is called Antonio Bay. Father Malone (Hal Holbrook - Into the Wild (2007), Lincoln (2012), Wall Street (1987), Men of Honor (2000)) discovers his grandfather’s century-old diary/journal after a piece of masonry falls from the wall revealing a hole.

The journal states that his grandfather along with five other founders of Antonio Bay willfully sank a ship in 1880 that was named Elizabeth Dane and was owned by a wealthy man named Blake. The ship contained gold which the founders used to build Antonio Bay and its church. It did not take long for the words "6 must die" to be heard from the vengeful spirit. The movie progresses to being a sitting on the edge of my seat experience as I anticipate what is about to happen.

The Fog is an incredible, brilliant atmospheric/effective small scale chiller horror flick that had excellent editing, obvious supernatural elements, and music that is classic John Carpenter. It is remarkable and impressive to see how it appeared as though the film crew had total control of the fog which gives it a sentient feel. The Fog is a movie that all horror fans should see with an open mind since it is from the 1980s because every second is worth seeing.

  • The Fog Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.98
  • IMDB: 6.8
  • MetaCritic: 5.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.3

About The Fog 1980

Title: The Fog
Year: 1980
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.49/5 stars from 55,053 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 55,053
MPAA Rating: R
The Fog Cast Starring: George 'Buck' Flower, Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, John Carpenter, Janet Leigh, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Tommy Lee Wallace, Jim Haynie, John F. Goff, Bill Taylor, Ty Mitchell, Hal Holbrook, John Strobel, Debra Hill, Darrow Igus, John Vick, Jim Jacobus, Fred Franklyn, Ric Moreno, Lee Socks, Rob Bottin, Charles Nicklin, Darwin Joston, Laurie Arent, Lindsey Arent, John Houseman, Shari Jacoby, James Canning
The Fog Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
The Fog Director: John Carpenter
Production: AVCO Embassy Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA