The Fog
The Fog (1980)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: February 8, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Vincent Canby
New York Times

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

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Ed Potton
Times (UK)

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.

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Travis Johnson

Carpenter, a rather minimalist, formally restrained filmmaker even when employing the grand guignol excesses of The Thing, knows when to let pure story do the work, and The Fog is a story about stories.

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Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine

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.

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Phil Hoad

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.

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

It's unpretentious genre fun, stylishly assembled and populated with colorful characters.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically arresting yet lamentably uninvolving horror effort from Carpenter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
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!
Carlos Magalh„es
A simple but effective horror movie with an atmospheric score and some good scares even if the script is sometimes illogical and full of plot holes. Besides, it… More
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Phil Hubbs
Filmed two years after the success of 'Halloween' and the kick off for Carpenter's cult movie making career. A cute little horror flick this, a… More
Christopher Heim
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… More
Eric S
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." Edgar Allen Poe Deadly ghosts of murdered lepers come out of fog banks to terrorize the… More

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