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THE FOG - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1980 AVCO Embassy Pictures
Reviewed by Max Gardner on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Stevie Wayne - Adrienne Barbeau! Antonio Bay's only radio personality.
  • Elizabeth - Jamie Lee Curtis! A hitchhiker picked up by Nick.
  • Nick - A guy. What he does for a living is never clear. We assume he's a fisherman.
  • Father Malone - Hal Holbrook! Local priest who seems to spend most of his time with Jim Beam.
  • Mrs. Williams - Janet Leigh, of Psycho fame. Chairwoman of Antonio Bay's 100th birthday celebration.
  • Andy - Stevie's obnoxious little twerp of a son.
  • Dan - Weatherman who yearns for Stevie's affections. Killed by ghosts.
  • Sandy - Mrs. Williams' assistant.
  • Mrs. Kobritz - Andy's nanny. Disemboweled.
  • Mr. Machen - Drunk old sailor who tells kids ghost stories.
  • Dr. Phibes - Local doctor and less-than-subtle reference to the Dr. Phibes movies.
  • Three Men on a boat - Fodder. One guy gets an ice pick in both eyes.
  • The Ghosts - Undead sailors with bad complexions.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

A crew of leprous sailors crashes on the rocks off Spivey Point, led by a false signal fire started by six colonists who don't like the idea of a community of lepers just offshore. A century after the deed was done, they return to the now-thriving town of Antonio Bay in search of the six original conspirators and their lost gold. The Fog scared the hell out of me, but only in ten to twenty-minute stretches. The pace is a bit slow and a higher body count would have done it a world of good, but this is certainly one of John Carpenter's better films. Now, a typical slasher uses a single weapon of choice: Jason Voorhees (usually) had his machete, Freddy Krueger had his fingers, and the Gorton's fisherman had his hook. The ghosts in The Fog use everything at once: hooks, sickles, machetes, ice picks, whatever is handy. The few onscreen kills are suitably juicy, but prepare for stretches of dialogue that's not quite bad enough to be entertaining and not quite good enough remove The Fog from the annals of b-cinema.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Ghosts don't like glass, phone lines, and electrical devices.
  • It takes a special kind of idiot to open the door for a shadowy figure with a hook.
  • Priests are masters of stealth.
  • Wood is susceptible to spontaneous combustion.
  • Shorting phone lines sound like battling elephant seals.
  • The town sheriff will walk at a leisurely pace to answer an emergency call.
  • Your car will ALWAYS get stuck in the mud when you're trying to get away from a gang of murderous ghosts.
  • Getting a rusty meat hook through your shoulder hurts.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 12 mins - Credits still rolling.
  • 19 mins - Ouch! (Cutlass through the back, repeated hook to the chest.)
  • 20 mins - Ouch! (Ice pick to the eyes.)
  • 34 mins - That altar is pink. Must be my TV.
  • 60 mins - Natural human reaction to cold supernatural fog: "Hold on, I'm gonna check this out."
  • 67 mins - The ghosts are trying to kill an old person - they can't be all bad.
  • 68 mins - Sounds like Mrs. Kobritz turned into a sheet before the ghosts ripped her apart.
  • 81 mins - Ouch! (Hook to the shoulder.)
  • 87 mins - That sounded... ...crunchy.


  • Stevie: "Keep me turned on for a while, and I'll try my best to do the same for you."
  • Andy: "First it was a gold coin, and then it turned into this neat piece of wood!"
  • Dr. Phibes: "See, the water acts like ice."
  • Stevie: "That driftwood you found - what was it doing?"
  • Andy: "I told you, first it was a gold coin, and then it turned into the wood."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note thefog1.wav Stevie: "I'm high tonight in the KAB lighthouse on Spivey Point. And, in case you've forgotten, it's April 21st and a happy birthday for Antonio Bay."
Green Music Note thefog2.wav Stevie: "Well, my gauges must be wrong. I've got a wind blowing due east. Now, what kind of a fog moves against the wind?"
Green Music Note thefog3.wav Elizabeth: "Ever since you picked things have been going wrong: the clock broke, the windows have been breaking, the weirdo at the door last night..."
Nick: "That isn't you!"
Elizabeth: "I'm not so sure. Things seem to happen to me."
Green Music Note thefog4.wav Mrs. Williams: "Are you going to give the benediction tonight, Father?"
Father Malone: "Antonio Bay has a curse on it."
Sandy: "Do we take that as a 'no?'"
Green Music Note thefog5.wav Stevie: "To the ships at sea who can hear my voice. Look across the water, into the darkness. Look for the fog."

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Don't tell mom, the babysitter was killed by the fog...

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The Fog
Reply #1. Posted on October 13, 2000, 12:39:40 AM by Darren Holden
Why has there never been a sequal to this?
The Fog
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Chadzilla
The Fog holds a very special place in my heart.  It contains Carpenter's best score, truly magnificent photography by Dean Cundy, and Adrienne Barbeau!  Besides, it was shot in my backyard!
The Fog
Reply #3. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bob Weymouth
THE FOG is perhaps John Carpenter's best work, combining excellent seacoast atmosphere with eerie fog bound ships and bodies rising from their gurnies.  Jamie Lee is her usual scream queen self and mother Janet Leigh is a hoot as a rather irritating social fat cat who runs the anniversary show commemorating the founding of the town (of course, based upon the deaths of a few victims on the sailing ship and the theft of gold from same).  Excellent movie, with creepy atmosphere and gory sounds if not sights.
The Fog
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Neville
To Elaine Hines remarks: True. Maybe it is a sort of criticism against church. Carpenter is known to be an agnostic, and often his vision of the church and christianity are quite negative (see "Vampires", specially). Here, while Father Malone is one of the few possitive characters who tries to fight the doom over Antonio Bay, his final sacrifice is completely useless, whereas in any other horror film he would be at least a solution to the problem. Church members & other professionals (doctors, teachers, cops) are often the heroes of this kind of films.

To the rest: I agree completely. Not only "The fog" is one of the best films in Carpenter's career, but also from all the 80's. All people should watch it at least once so they can understand what we call "atmosphere" referring to a film. I particularly like the scene in the morgue when Jamie Lee Curtis is about to be attacked (or so we think) by a resurrected.
The Fog
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Allen Forster
Hi Fog Lovers,

I write from Cornwall in The British Isles.

The Fog is my favourite movie of all time.  (I am a budding screenplay writer myself and in fact have half completed a sequel.  I wrote to John Carpenter with my idea and for his permission but heard nothing.

The film is almost perfect.  Brilliant atmospherics.  A truly inspirational and original story which is the film's strong point.  The musical score is superb and that loud banging as the car attempts to outrun the fog is well, brilliant.  I love the film to bits and would defend it to the hilt against all critics.  There are one or two little blips however.  (But then again we could find them in any film - look at Titantic?)

I agree with a previous reviewer.  How can Father Malone be a descendant of his late Grandfather when he was an obvious Catholic priest?  A Benedictine is a Catholic prayer ceremony I am reliably informed.  Who was the poor unfortunate bastard who was shortchanged with the subsequent purchase of the short measure orange juice from the grocery store?  Having video taped the movie several times I still cannot make out what is going on when Stevie Wayne is about to get it at the lighthouse.  Most of it is blurred and you have to view the movie several times to see what is happening.  The gold coin bit which Nick referred to "The Erisa Jane".  Is this somehow linked to The Elizabeth Dane?.  A cop out as a previous reviewer comented on was the fact that the "goody" Father Malone, "got it in the neck" so to speak.  He should have been spared.  Finally, if all this was happening on the Californian coastline would not the FBI or the CIA be looking for mass murderers?  Explain this to the local sheriff:  Well Sherrif, there were these men covered in seaweed and brandishing sicyles who proceeded to slash their victims to death etc.  Maybe it was a case for Mulder and Scully.

I still love the movie to death and think it's the best horror ever.

Please E Mail if you're a fan of The Fog.  Would love to hear from you.

Regards to all FOG fans out there.  I say there's a fog out there.
The Fog
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Allen Forster
Hi again FOG lovers.

I made a slight but crucial error in my previous E Mail comment.  Benedictine is of course alcohol (which Father Malone was probably drinking.  It should have read Benediction - a Catholic church dedication.  Sorry!

The Fog
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Tom
wondering if anyone knows anything about the deleted scenes and/or plot differences from the first cut?

e-mail if u do

The Fog
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sennith
This is Carpentar's best work, along with The Thing and Halloween. This had a great plot, great atmosphere, great acting, and other great things. Why did this get 3 slimes?  
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