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The Fog (1980)

Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.

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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. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,378,000 (USA)
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Probably no coincidence given Carpenter's penchant for subtle references that the vehicle seen Stevie Wayne character driving with the radio call sign "KAB" on the side is a Volkswagen "Thing" - a vehicle Volkswagen produced from 1968 to 1983 (also known as a Type 181. but marketed in the U.S. under the "Thing" name. See more »

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When Stevie brings the piece of the ship The Elizabeth Dane to work, it begins to leak water toward her cassette recorder and the recorded voice slows down. But the recording begins to slow down before the water even touches the machine. See more »

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Tommy Wallace: She's crazy. There's no fog bank out there.
[other men talk]
Tommy Wallace: There's no fog bank out there.
[more talk]
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.
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Take It Steady
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Music by David Lindup
Courtesy Bruton Music Ltd., apm Music, Universal Music Publishing
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A frightening film
28 April 1999 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

The Fog is an instant horror classic from the first scene- a salty, old sailor tells a group of young children the true story of a ghostly, wrecked ship. The scene was so simple yet so thrilling that the viewer is hooked (no pun intended) for the rest of the film. The cast is great and the music sets the tone just as it did for Halloween. The best part of the film is that it made no attempt to explain everything away in a hokey horror sense (Why are the bodies returning to life?). Things happen simply because they happen. Much like Night of the Living Dead, the characters are not concerned with why they are in danger, but more concerned with getting out of danger. On a side note, John Carpenter has the best endings of any filmmaker on the market. Just as Halloween and The Thing both ended with a sense of foreboding and silent terror, The Fog ends with style and allows the viewer one final scare. A definite hit!!!


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