The Fog
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Following the phenomenal box-office success of his seminal horror classic Halloween, director John Carpenter teamed up with producer Debra Hill for a second independent horror project, this time in the mode of an old-fashioned ghost story. The end result was The Fog, a spooky romp about a dark secret that returns to haunt the Pacific fishing community of Antonio Bay on the 100th anniversary of the town's charter. Carpenter sets the mood in the film's prologue, which features grizzled old sea salt Mr. Machen (John Houseman) spinning ghost stories for a group of local children. For his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Halloween brought classic genre style into a new era, and The Fog goes even further in that direction."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Not much gore, but still too intense for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"...a good, old-fashioned ghost story."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"O roteiro é de uma tolice pavorosa, mas Carpenter consegue gerar tensão e bons sustos até mesmo com o recurso absurdo de fazer seus vilões baterem na porta antes de entrar."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The Fog is right in line with the types of film Carpenter made before his professional fall from grace: It's unpretentious genre fun, stylishly assembled and populated with colorful characters."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A definite top ten holder for me."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"During this period, Carpenter and his fine collaborator the late Debra Hill were so good at crafting suspenseful, slow burn horror stories with multiple storylines."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"The Fog still holds up."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Fairly dull ghost story occasionally given a boost by the cast and by Carpenter's proficiency with the genre. Occasionally."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"Released four years after the Bicentennial, 'The Fog' might be a jaundiced corrective to the often uncritical self-congratulation of America's birthday celebration, with the ghosts as manfestations of manifest destiny's bloody heritage."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"... makes the most of the dramatic possibilities inherent in an isolated coastal town, as well as the scare potential of darkness, fog, and silent strangers bearing longshoremen's hooks."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Orchestrates a thick pall of apprehension and good-time suspense."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Crucial factors are missing in yet another horror flick serving up a dull collection of stock types whose illogical and frequently stupid actions are necessary to advance plot and generate what passes for suspense."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Ten remakes wouldn't even surpass this creepy classic's greatness. The definitive horror film."
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
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