The Fog

The Fog

John Carpenter (1980)

15 Certificate
Fri 5 Jun 10:35pm - 12:30am TCM Movies


Our Score
Spectral pirates terrorise a coastal town in this reasonable enough shocker from John Carpenter. The director isn't at the peak of his form here and loses dramatic focus by switching between two heroines who never meet - disc jockey Adrienne Barbeau (then married to Carpenter) and Jamie Lee Curtis (starring with real-life mum Janet Leigh for the first time). Carpenter also relies heavily on cheap scare tactics (supernatural mists and people jumping out of the dark) rather than subtle suspense, but some sequences do turn the tension dial up quite high. And, of course, a Carpenter score is always scarily effective.


The residents of a small Californian coastal community are terrorised by the ghosts of drowned mariners who return swathed in an unearthly fog to exact revenge for the sins of the town's founding fathers. John Carpenter's horror, starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook.

Cast & Crew

Stevie Wayne Adrienne Barbeau
Elizabeth Solley Jamie Lee Curtis
Kathy Williams Janet Leigh
Father Malone Hal Holbrook
Nick Castle Tom Atkins
Machen John Houseman
Sandy Fadel Nancy Loomis
Dick Baxter James Canning
Director John Carpenter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 31 Oct 2018