The Fog
The Fog (1979)

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: June 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie's made with style and energy, but it needs a better villain.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though the plot is implausible and the unfolding story hardly makes any sense, Carpenter stylishly presents an eerie atmosphere for the zombie invasion.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Halloween brought classic genre style into a new era, and The Fog goes even further in that direction.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A completely solid piece of horror filmmaking that's only slightly undone by its flaws as a piece of horror storytelling.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A definite top ten holder for me.

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

Carpenter has always been a master of scaring us with what we're not seeing as opposed to delivering an onslaught of carnage to assault our senses and The Fog shows that you can scare the hell out of people without showing them a lot.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Sarah Boslaugh

... 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Dan Schultz
A very misable horror film from the otherwise dependable John Carpenter, concerning a mysterious fog that overtakes a small ocean-side Californian town and how… More

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