The Fog (1980)

Directed by: John Carpenter

Written by: John Carpenter & Debra Hill


Adrienne Barbeau .... Stevie Wayne
Jamie Lee Curtis .... Elizabeth Solley
Janet Leigh .... Kathy Williams
John Houseman .... Mr. Machen
Tom Atkins .... Nick Castle
James Canning .... Dick Baxter
Charles Cyphers .... Dan O'Bannon
Nancy Loomis .... Sandy Fadel
Ty Mitchell .... Andy Wayne
Hal Holbrook .... Father Malone

Special Appearance:

George 'Buck' Flower .... Tommy Wallace

Release Date: Theatrical: February 8, 1980






In a small village of Antonio Bay mysterious events starts to unfold. Car horns and alarms go off and other mechanical devices starts to activate by themselves.

A radio disc jockey named Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau) who works at a lighthouse announces the weather as well as warning that there will be some fog.
A group of fishermen don't see any fog but then suddenly it appears glowing and then kills them.
Also a man driving along the road named Nick Castle (Tom Atkins) picks up a beautiful hitchhiker named Elizabeth Solley (Jamie Lee Curtis) and things seem to go wrong since he picked her up. They also discover the corpses of the fishermen.

Then the terror begins as the glowing fog starts to hover in the small town killing off locals there.
The killers in the glowing fog are dead pirates looking for their lost treasure and won't stop killing till they get it.


John Carpenter and Debra Hill was more on this at making a creepy film than in Halloween but the film in general isn't as good. Just better frights. Yet still a great story. Great scenes of the small town and the deadly looking fog.
An impressive beginning with Mr. Machen telling some children a ghost story.
There's perfect scene's on the sleepy town at night with gas stations activating as well as car horns blowing automatically.
There's a good look at a wrecked up pirate ship sailing by in the deadly fog next to a fishing boat as well as a perfect shot on a fisherman Tommy Wallace with a wide eyed open mouthed looked while he is about to be slayed.
Also a great look at the fog entering houses and the ghouls banging on the doors.
Well done moments when Nick Castle is driving along at night and picks up a hitchhiker Elizabeth Solley and their witty discussions which looked good and natural. Also a nice romantic situation with them when she is at his home as this looked perfectly peaceful. Plus a good moment with a loud knock on the door during a brief foggy moment as this seemed quite suspenseful and giving you the fear on what will happen if he answers the door.
A good look at a board going on fire at the lighthouse radio station and Stevie Wayne panicking and trying to put it out. Also an impressive moment with her phoning her son and telling him not to take anything else that he finds on the beach after the incident. It is a nice add to the story for sure.
A good conversation between Nick and Elizabeth in the abandoned fisherman's boat and things seem still and silent but then a surprising moment corpse pops out of the door behind her as she is great screaming in terror as this for sure adds nice timing especially on what she says before this incident happens.
We spot another suspenseful moment with the camera coming towards Elizabeth with a with a hand holding a dissecting knife.
Stevie and
Dan O'Bannon do well with a phone dioscussion and a good background shot involving him with fog breezing at the window and is going to look at it as Stevie calls for him on the phone to get him to stay put showing great concerns with her voice.
A perfect dark setting between Andy Wayne and his babysitter while spotting the glowing fog and showing a scared look on their faces after hearing a loud knock on the door as she tells him to go to his room. This was by far the spookiest moment that was in the film and for sure a great one.
We have good struggling moments with Elizabeth and Nick trying to rescue Andy in his house as well as trying to drive away which keeps you glued with the fog trying to chase after them.
A good shot on the fog rolling into a village as well as a telephone pole with fog blowing up to prevent anyone making a telephone call as this looked deadly.
There's perfect terrorising in a church with the ghosts invading and trying to kill as well as Stevie on the top of the radio lighthouse roof trying to escape from these ghosts which is terrorising as well wondering if she will fall off.
There was a great moment with the preacher Father Malone when he is holding a golden object with a great dark shot on the ghouls staring coldly at him.
Bottom line: An eerie plot by the makers of Halloween. It looks very suspenseful at a quiet town thinking nothing terrible will happen but it eventually does. I loved the whole scheme to it by having the place seem very silent and still. It's way too still which is perfect for a ghostly and terrorising moment in a peaceful small town. There's great dialogues and nice moments with the characters as locals in the film making out they're your everyday friendly people and it usually is the case. The fog horn even sounds scary as well as the banging caused by the dead pirates with the nice eerie glowing fog from the ocean crawling it's way into the small village which will make you cringe greatly. Guaranteed to frighten you even for a movie of it's time I challenge you to check this film out as I can guarantee you all that you'll love every bit of it.

The acting is still exceptionally good for a film of it's time. This was very much like a Halloween reunion as we have many of the cast members in this one. All of them are terrific in their roles playing totally different characters than from the Halloween flicks.
Adrienne Barbeau
(Stevie Wayne) is the best out of all playing the single mother who works as a DJ. Her emotions are terrific when she is crying for her son to get out of the house on the radio when she sees the glowing fog heading towards her house. Is great on her radio microphone panicking in terror to try and get her son rescued from the fog. She has the perfect soothing voice for a peaceful sounding radio DJ too. She made her part truly believeable.
Jamie Lee Curtis
(Elizabeth Solley) is splendid as a traveller knowing her character very well and of course knew how to act scared like she did in her other horror films. She brings a perfect outgoing attitude to the set of the film and playing a different type of horror character alltogether which for sure helped her get work in big time motion pictures.
Tom Atkins (Nick Castle) was another one who does well in the film proving to be a good character actor showing a nice friendly charm to his part as well as looking great for the film too. He packs alot of energy to what he did for this one without a doubt.
Nancy Loomis (Sandy Fadel) plays a less arrogant character too than her role as Annie in Halloween and it was a real treat seeing her in this acting a little stressed with her work but yet really going at it too. She proved that she can wear other hats for character parts..
Charles Cyphers
(Dan O'Bannon) really stood out with his part as a bubbly type who had a perfect charm to his role as I liked his part the best in the film. He showed a nice witty attitude and a perfect guy next door type. He for sure offers a great charming attitude and makes you want to really like him and hope he will survive the terror.
Hal Holbrook (Father Malone) did he job nicely with his seriousness as a priest in the film along with his tense moments with all that was happening in the town having a dark secret. He had the perfect looks too as the priest along with wearing glasses too.
Janet Leigh
(Kathy Williams) showed a good fast acting paced emotions as a mayor in the film acting very strong willed. It was nice seeing her return to a horror film after her memorable character in Psycho two decades beforehand. She certainly drew attention to her role with what she had to do in it. Also was good at being a nag showing hyped energy as well as doing a good job getting emotional after finding out some deaths.
George 'Buck' Flower (Tommy Wallace) had a small role in this flick but yet came across very memorable as a fisherman at sea with his deep mysterious voice and really got into his role in a nice serious deal. Reacts well to stuff on what is happening and shows surprised reactions making this all come across natural too. He was a worthy supporting character actor in many shows and will be greatly missed.

There are gruesome looking zombie pirates as well as some slit throats and a corpse.

Carpenter also composed the music for this as it's very different than Halloween (But there are some similar elements). His piano and synthesizer playing gives the flick the perfect touch. There's great deep sounds for the film for when the fog starts to occur which blends in wonderfully. The soundtrack of his music is still available on CD.

Mr. Machen: 11:55, almost midnight. Enough time for one more story. One more story before 12:00, just to keep us warm. In five minutes, it will be the 21st of April. One hundred years ago on the 21st of April, out in the waters around Spivey Point, a small clipper ship drew toward land. Suddenly, out of the night, the fog rolled in. For a moment, they could see nothing, not a foot in front of them. Then, they saw a light. By God, it was a fire burning on the shore, strong enough to penetrate the swirling mist. They steered a course toward the light. But it was a campfire, like this one. The ship crashed against the rocks, the hull sheared in two, mars snapped like a twig. The wreckage sank, with all the men aboard. At the bottom of the sea, lay the Elizabeth Dane, with her crew, their lungs filled with salt water, their eyes open, staring to the darkness. And above, as suddenly as it come, the fog lifted, receded back across the ocean and never came again. But it is told by the fishermen, and their fathers and grandfathers, that when the fog returns to Antonio Bay, the men at the bottom of the sea, out in the water by Spivey Point will rise up and search for the campfire that led them to their dark, icy death.
[bells ring distantly]
Mr. Machen: 12:00, the 21st of April.

[Bennett has finished working at the church]
Bennett: Well, I'm finished.
Father Malone: Good, can you come in tomorrow at five?
Bennett: Father, can I get paid?
Father Malone: Ah... why don't you come in at six tomorrow instead of five.

[Referring to Stevie Wayne's voice on the radio]
Al Williams: Boy, would I like to meet her.
Dick Baxter: I saw her in the supermarket once.
Al Williams: Yeah?
Dick Baxter: You WOULD like to meet her.

Tommy Wallace: There's no fog bank out there.
[after a moment, fog begins to appear]
Tommy Wallace: Hey, there's a fog bank out there.
Al Williams: All right, I'm drunk enough. Let's go back.

Elizabeth Solley: Listen, I never hitchhiked before. I just really want to be careful. Can I ask you something?
Nick Castle: Sure
Elizabeth Solley: Are you weird?
Nick Castle: Yes, I am. Yes, I am weird.
Elizabeth Solley: You are weird. Thank God you're weird. The last one was so normal, it was disgusting.

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.

Kathy Williams: Are you going to give the benediction tonight, father?
Father Malone: Antonio bay has a curse on it.
Sandy Fadel: Do we take that as a "no"?

[on the phone]
Stevie Wayne: You're just a voice on the phone.
Dan O'Bannon: And you're just a voice on the radio. We'd make a perfect couple. You let me take you to dinner tonight, I'll prove it to you.
Stevie Wayne: Sorry, Dan. My idea of perfection is a voice on the phone.

Stevie Wayne: Well, my gauges must be wrong. I've got a wind blowing due east. Now what kind of a fog blows against the wind?
Dan O'Bannon: You got me.
Stevie Wayne: I'm not so sure I want you.

Father Malone: Why not six, Blake? Why not me?

[a tape recording of K-A-B promos has just slowed down]
Blake's Voice: Something like an albatross around the neck. No. More like a millstone. A plumbing stone. By God. Damn them all.

[Nick and Elizabeth are on board The Sea Grass]
Nick Castle: I don't believe in luck, good or bad. I don't believe in anything much. Something did happen once. My father was a fisherman. He ran a trawler out of Whitley Reef. One night, late, he was coming back in. He was out beyond the reef, out near Spivey Point. He looked to windward and saw a brig under shortsail, heading right for him. And he radioed, there was no reply. Nothing moved on deck, but she held her course. My dad and two of his hands, they boarded the brig, the Risa Jane. No one was on board. There was food on the table, and a hot, steaming cup of coffee. But underneath, the tin cup was rusted to the table. And then something caught my father's eye. It was a gold dubloon, minted in Spain, 1867. My dad picked up the coin, put it in his breast pocket of his jacket, and zippered it up. He came home, told us the story, and he unzippered the pocket to give me the coin. It was gone.
[a locker door opens, spilling charts]
Elizabeth Solley: I think I'll go to Vancouver now.

[Dr. Phibes has just examined the body of Dick Baxter]
Dr. Phibes: What the hell happened out there?
Nick Castle: There was rust all over everything. It was like the boat had been out there a long time, taking on water. He was down below, near the bunks.
Dr. Phibes: Nick, his wounds are covered with algae, his lungs are full, and there's silt in his fingernails. I tell ya, I saw Dick Baxter three days ago in Salinas. Now he's lying there on the table looking like he's been underwater for a month.

[Dr. Phibes is recording his examination of Dick Baxter's body]
Dr. Phibes: Evidence of deep penetrating wounds into each ocular orbit, entering into the cranial cavity. Also jagged lacerations to the face. The right area of his throat has been crushed. Thorax has been crushed and the lungs are filled with fluid.

Nick Castle: Do you feel that?
Dr. Phibes: I'll tell you what happened...
Nick Castle: It just got cold in here.

Dr. Phibes: You see the water acts like ice. A whole body would take a year to decompose, longer if it was down far enough, cold enough.
Nick Castle: But he was on the boat. He was below decks.
Dr. Phibes: No. Dick Baxter died in the ocean. Remember last October those three kids that went diving for that old boat off the point. We got to 'em, they'd been down a week, maybe ten days. I swear to you right now, he's been down longer.

Stevie Wayne: [speaking into phone] Dan, where's the fog now?
Dan O'Bannon: It should be right outside my front door now.

Stevie Wayne: [speaking hysterically over radio] There's something in the fog!

Stevie Wayne: I don't know what happened to Antonio Bay tonight. Something came out of the fog and tried to destroy us. In one moment, it vanished. But if this has been anything but a nightmare, and if we don't wake up to find ourselves safe in our beds, it could come again. To the ships at sea who can hear my voice, look across the water, into the darkness. Look for the fog.