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The Fog

(M)

“Antonio bay has a curse on it”

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Overview

On the eve of the town’s centennial, the inhabitants of Antonio Bay are awoken to a series disturbances: electrical fluctuations, objects moving on their own and a strange glowing fog off the coast. While a hitchhiker (Jamie Lee Curtis) and a truck driver (Tom Atkins) discover the body of a fisherman seemingly drowned above water, local priest Father Malone (Hal Holbrook) discovers a dark secret concerning the town’s founding. Meanwhile, local radio DJ Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau) begins to suspect a correlation between a missing fishing trawler and the eerie mist she spotted from her lighthouse. As Mayor Kathy Williams (Janet Leigh) prepares the centennial celebrations, a local weatherman reports a fog bank heading straight for town.

Why You Should See This Film

While you’d expect a film called The Fog to be atmospheric, John Carpenter takes things a step further with evocative sequences of coastal landscapes and empty town tableaus, deftly composed by frequent collaborator Dean Cundey, imbued with a deep seated dread by his dark synth drones. Combined with a tale of restless spirits and old injustices, The Fog strongly induces the hair-raising feeling of listening to campfire stories, informing and transforming the surrounds into a hostile, haunted zone. Starring his then wife Adrienne Barbeau alongside mother-daughter duo Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh, this Carpenter creeper is a moody must.

Year:
1980
Rating:
M
Director:
John Carpenter
Cast:
Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Houseman, Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook
Duration:
90 minutes
Language:
English

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