In the Northern Californian coastal town of Antonio Bay, tales are told of a century-old shipwreck which occurred in very dense fog and the prophesied return of vengeance-seeking sailors.
As the citizens are about to celebrate the town’s centennial, angst-ridden Father Malone (Hal Holbrook) finds an old journal explaining that the town’s honoured founders were thieves and murderers, which justifies the local legends.
At the same time, a mysterious glowing fog rolls in from the sea towards the town.
Major characters include Radio DJ and single mom Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau) who broadcasts out of a decrepit old lighthouse; easygoing local Nick Castle (Tom Atkins) and sexy hitchhiker Elizabeth Soiley (Jamie Lee Curtis), who become a couple while travelling together; and uptight town official Kathy Williams (Janet Leigh).
Tense and occasionally gruesome, The Fog is always tense and often unnerving, and another illustration of why John Carpenter is known as one of the champions of the scary movie.
Sticking in Jamie Lee Curtis, hot from Halloween and paying homage to the likes of Night of the Living Dead and Invaders from Mars meant that John Carpenter was taking the film The Fog pretty seriously from day one. And it shows.
This is definitely a film to watch late at night with all the lights off.
Jamie Lee Curtis
George ‘Buck’ Flower
Hank Jones, Dockmaster