The Fog (1980)

USA, 1979
35mm film, Metrocolor, Panavision (anamorphic), 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by John Carpenter. Production began on 2 April 1979 1Variety 11 April 1979 p.34]

Plot Summary

As the residents of small coastal town Antonio Bay prepare to celebrate their centenary they find their past creeping up on them. The town had been founded on gold plundered from a ship full of lepers that was deliberately led onto the rocks one foggy night. Now the ghosts of the ship’s crew are back, using the fog to terrorise the town and exact their revenge.


Director: John Carpenter
AVCO Embassy Pictures/EDI
Executive Producer: Charles B. Bloch
Producer: Debra Hill
Associate Producers: Barry Bernardi, Pegi Brotman
Script: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
Editors: Tommy Lee Wallace, Charles Bornstein
Music: John Carpenter
Sound Mixer: Craig Felburg
Costume Designers: Bill Whitten, Steven Loomis, Workroom 27
Make Up: Dante Palmiere, Ed Ternes, Erica Ulland
Hair: Tina Cassady
Special Make Up: Rob Bottin
Special Effects: Richard Albain Jr, A&A Special Efects
Blake Effects: Rob Bottin, Dean Cundey
Special Photographic Effects: James F. Liles
Production Designer: Tommy Lee Wallace
Locations: Bodega Bay, California, USA; Inverness, California, USA; Point Reyes Station, California, USA; Sierra Madre, California, USA

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 [real name: Nancy Kyes] (Sandy Fadel)
Ty Mitchell (Andy Wayne)
Hal Holbrook (Father Malone)
John Goff (Al Williams)
George ‘Buck’ Flower (Tommy Wallace)
Regina Waldon (Mrs Kobritz)
Jim Haynie (Hank Jones)
Darrow Igus (Mel Sloan)
John Vic (Sheriff Simms)
Jay Jacobs (Mayor)
Fred Franklyn (Ashcroft)
Ric Moreno, Lee Sacks, Tommy Wallace (ghosts)
Bill Taylor (bartender)
Rob Bottin (Blake)

Alternative Titles

La biebla, de John Carpenter – Spain
Le brouillard – Canada (French)
A Bruma Assassina – Brazil
Ceata – Romania
Dimman – Finland (Swedish)
Dimman – Sweden
Fog – Belgium (Flemish), Belgium (French), FRance, Italy
The Fog – Nebel des Grauens – Austria, Germany, West German
John Carpenter’s The Fog
A Köd – Hungary
Magla – Croatia, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Slovenia title
Mgla – Poland
Muglata – Bulgaria
Der Nebel des Grauens – Germany (video)
O Nevoeiro – Brazil, Portugal
Niebla – Mexico
La niebla – Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Venezuela
I Omichli
– Greece
– Turkey
Tågen – Denmark
Tåken – Norway
Tuman – Russia
Usva – Finland

The Fog (2005)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Scream Queens (1996)
Dean of Darkness with Dean Cundey (2013)
Fear on Film: Inside The Fog (1980)
John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning… The Man and His Movies (2004)
My Time with Terror with Jamie Lee Curtis (2013)
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
The Return of the Living Dead: The Decade of Darkness (2007)
Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television (2004)
Tales from the Mist: Inside The Fog (2002)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017)
Trick or Treat (1986)



  • British National Film Catalogue vol.19 (1981)
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.310 (April 1980) pp.43-45
  • Cahiers du Cinema no.536 (June 1999) p.8 (France) – illustrated article (by Jerome Larcher)
  • Cine-Fiches de Grand Angle no.125 (March 1990) pp.47-54 (France) – article (John Carpenter (2e partie) by Philippe Noel)
  • Cinefantastique vol.9 no.2 (Winter 1979) p.39
  • Cinefantastique vol.10 no.1 (Summer 1980) p.15
  • Cinefantastique vol.37 no.8 (November/December 2005) p.61 – illustrated DVD review (DVD in review by Jeff Bond)
  • Fangoria no.218 (November 2002) p.67 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon: The Fog by Matthew Kiernan)
  • Film Directions vol.4 no.15 (1981) p.31
  • Film Score Monthly vol.5 no.8 (2000) pp.42-43 – illustrated soundtrack review (Score by Chris Stavrakis)
  • Filmmakers Monthly vol.13 no.5 (March 1980) pp.17-21 – interview with John Carpenter
  • Films and Filming vol.26 no.3 (December 1979) pp.47-49
  • Films vol.1 no.1 (December 1980) pp.30-31
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.260 no.3 (15 January 1980) pp.3
  • Journal of Popular Film & Television vol.37 no.2 (Summer 2009) pp.70-79 – illustrated article (Skeletons sail an etheric ocean: Approaching the ghost in John Carpenter’s The Fog by Murray Leeder)
  • Legend no.35 (2001) pp.8-11 – illustrated article (The Fog by Graham Vassie)
  • The Listener vol.104 no.2687 (13 November 1980) p.669
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.562 (November 1980) p.214
  • Music from the Movies no.30 (February/March 2001) p.48 – illustrated soundtrack review (Film music review: the latest releases reviewed and rated by Peter Holm)
  • New Musical Express 15 November 1980 p.27 – illustrated review (Silver Screen: Play misty for me by Monty Smith)
  • Premiere vol.19 no.2 (October 2005) p.27 – illustrated note (Take one: Play misty for me by Ann Donahue)
  • Screen International no.191 (26 May 1979) p.6
  • Screen International no.224 (19-26 January 1980) p.6 – illustrated note (‘Fog’ is given a warm welcome)
  • Screen International no.225 (26 January-2 February 1980) p.9 – note (Around the World: France)
  • Screen International no.230 (1-8 March 1980) p.1 – note (Avco’s ‘Fog’ clears $7m)
  • Screen International no.234 (29 March-5 April 1980) p.6 – note
  • Screen International no.253 (9-16 August 1980) p.8 – illustrated note (World news desk: Around the world: Mexico)
  • Screen International no.266 (8 November 1980) p.17
  • Sight and Sound vol.14 no.10 (October 2004) pp.76-77 – DVD review (Home movies: reviews by James Bell)
  • Starburst no.266 (October 2000) pp.84 – video review (Reviews by Ian Atkins)
  • Starburst no.29 (1980) pp.24-27
  • Starburst no.317 (December 2004) p.118 – illustrated DVD review (DVD reviews by David Richardson)
  • Time Out no.551 (7 November 1980) pp.14-15
  • Variety 11 April 1979 p.34 – credits (Film production)
  • Variety 16 January 1980 p.31


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Other Sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2022 p.23 – illustrated listing