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The Fog

Original theatrical poster
Directed by John Carpenter
Produced by Charles B. Bloch
Debra Hill
Barry Bernardi
Pegi Brotman
Written by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring Adrienne Barbeau
Jamie Lee Curtis
John Houseman
Janet Leigh
Hal Holbrook
Music by John Carpenter
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Charles Bornstein
Tommy Lee Wallace
Distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States February 1, 1980
Running time 89 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $1,000,000 (estimate)
Gross revenue $21,378,000 (domestic sub-total)
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The Fog is a 1980 horror movie directed by John Carpenter, who also wrote the screenplay and composed the music of the film. It stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins and Janet Leigh. It was distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures. Image File history File links The_fog_1980_movie_poster. ... John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, film score composer and occasional actor. ... Debra Hill (November 10, 1950–March 7, 2005) was an American screenwriter and film producer who co-wrote the horror movie Halloween. ... Adrienne Jo Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American television, film, and musical theater actress. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... John Houseman (September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a Romanian-born actor and film producer. ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. ... Dean Cundey is a celebrated cinematographer born 12 March 1946 in Alhambra, California, USA. He has worked on some of the most influential special effects films in history and has collaborated extensively with directors John Carpenter and Robert Zemeckis. ... Tommy Lee Wallace is a film producer and director. ... Embassy Pictures Corporation (aka Embassy Film Associates) was an independent studio and distributor responsible for such films as The Graduate and The Lion in Winter. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, film score composer and occasional actor. ... Adrienne Jo Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American television, film, and musical theater actress. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis in the last scene of Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Embassy Pictures Corporation (aka Embassy Film Associates) was an independent studio and distributor responsible for such films as The Graduate and The Lion in Winter. ...

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Plot summary

The movie is a classic ghost story that takes place in a Northern California fishing town called Antonio Bay (real location Inverness, California, Pt. Reyes lighthouse, and the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre, California). The town is about to celebrate its centennial when mysterious events, including the gruesome murders of three local fishermen, accompany a strange, glowing fog that spreads over land and sea. The local priest, Father Malone, discovers the diary of his grandfather (who was also the town's priest), which contains a dark secret unknown to the town's current inhabitants. Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... Inverness is a town located in western Marin County, California. ... McClures Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, looking south on an overcast winters afternoon Point Reyes National Seashore is 70,000 acre (283 km²) park preserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin county, California, USA. As a national seashore, it is maintained by the US National Park... Location of Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1907-02-02 [2] Government  - Mayor Enid Joffe [1] Area  - City  3. ... A centennial is a 100-year anniversary of an event, or the celebrations pertaining thereto. ...


The diary reveals that, in 1880, six of the founders of Antonio Bay (including Malone's grandfather) deliberately sunk and plundered the Elizabeth Dane, a clipper ship owned by Blake, a wealthy man with leprosy who wanted to establish a colony near Antonio Bay. The six conspirators lit a fire on the beach near treacherous rocks, and the crew of the clipper, deceived by the false beacon, crashed into the rocks. Everyone aboard the ship perished. The six conspirators were motivated both by greed and by disgust at the notion of having a leper colony nearby. Antonio Bay and its church were then founded with the gold plundered from the ship. For other uses, see Clipper (disambiguation). ... For the malady found in the Hebrew Bible, see the article Tzaraath. ... A leper colony is a place to quarantine people with leprosy from the rest of the population. ...


The mysterious fog contains the vengeful ghosts of Blake and the clipper's crew, who have come back on the hundredth anniversary of the shipwreck and the founding of the town to take the lives of six people (symbolic substitutes for the six conspirators).


Cast

Actor Role
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 Sandy Fadel
Ty Mitchell Andy Wayne
Hal Holbrook Father Malone
John F. Goff Al Williams
George 'Buck' Flower Tommy Wallace
Darwin Joston Dr. Phibes

Adrienne Jo Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American television, film, and musical theater actress. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... John Houseman (September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a Romanian-born actor and film producer. ... Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis in the last scene of Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). ... Charles Cyphers (b. ... Nancy Louise Kyes (b. ... Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. ... George Buck Flower (born October 28, 1937 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, United States; died June 18, 2004) was an American actor, writer, producer, assistant director, production manager and casting director. ... F. Darwin Solomon (December 9, 1937- June 1, 1998) was an American actor known professionally as Darwin Joston (sometimes credited as Darwin Jostin during the early years of his career ). A North Carolina native, Joston was born in Winston-Salem and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel...

Production

John Carpenter has admitted that some of the inspiration for the story was drawn from the British film The Trollenberg Terror (1958), which dealt with monsters hiding in the clouds. He has also said that he was inspired by a visit to Stonehenge with his co-writer/producer (and then-girlfriend), Debra Hill. While in England promoting Assault on Precinct 13, Carpenter and Hill visited the site in the late afternoon one day and saw an eerie fog in the distance. In the DVD audio commentary for the film, Carpenter noted that the story of the deliberate wreckage of a ship and its subsequent plundering was based on an actual event that took place in the 19th century near Goleta, California.[1] The Trollenberg Terror - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... For other uses, see Stonehenge (disambiguation). ... Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 action / thriller movie, directed by John Carpenter. ... Also in Spanish, Goleta means schooner. ...


The Fog was part of a two-picture deal with AVCO-Embassy, along with Escape From New York (1981 film), and was shot on a reported budget of $1 million. ".[2] Although this was essentially a low budget independent film, Carpenter chose to shoot the movie in the anamorphic format. This gave the film a grander feel for the viewer so it did not seem like a low budget horror film. The picture was filmed from April 1979 to May 1979 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California (interior scenes) and at Point Reyes, California (lighthouse scenes). Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction/action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... Anamorphic format is a term which can be used either for the cinematography technique of capturing a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film, or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio, or a photographic projection format in which the original image requires an optical anamorphic... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... For other uses, see May (disambiguation). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Hollywood redirects here. ... Point Reyes Point Reyes is a prominent cape on the Pacific coast of northern California in the United States. ...


Much like Halloween (1978 film), the film contains many intertextual references. Some of the place names mentioned early in the film, including "Whately" (the main character of "The Dunwich Horror") and "Arkham" are references to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, while Bodega Bay, the setting for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, is briefly mentioned in one scene. Also, The name of the character played by Darwin Joston, the coroner "Dr. Phibes", is a reference to the character Dr. Anton Phibes played by Vincent Price in two cult horror favorites (The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again). This article is about the holiday. ... The Dunwich Horror is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. ... Arkham is a fictional city in Massachusetts, part of the Lovecraft Country setting created by H. P. Lovecraft and is featured in many of his stories, as well as those of other Cthulhu Mythos writers. ... Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, noted for combining these three genres within single narratives. ... F. Darwin Solomon (December 9, 1937- June 1, 1998) was an American actor known professionally as Darwin Joston (sometimes credited as Darwin Jostin during the early years of his career ). A North Carolina native, Joston was born in Winston-Salem and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ... The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) is a horror film starring Vincent Price. ... Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) was the second Dr. Phibes movie, a sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes. ...


Casting

Cast as the female lead was Adrienne Barbeau, Carpenter's then-wife, who had already appeared in Someone's Watching Me! (1978). Tom Atkins was a friend of Barbeau's, and was cast as Nick Castle, a character named after another of Carpenter's collaborators, who played The Shape in Halloween (1978 film). This was Atkins' first appearance in on of Carpenter's films, and would go on to appear in Escape From New York (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1983), which Carpenter produced. Halloween (film) redirects here. ... Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction/action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a horror film released in 1982. ...


Jamie Lee Curtis, having appeared in Carpenter's previous film took on the role of Elizabeth. Commenting on the role and on appearing in another of Carpenter's films, she said "That's what I love about John. He's letting me explore different aspects of myself. I'm spoiled rotten now. My next director is going to be almost a letdown".[3]


Re-shoots

After viewing a rough cut of the film, John Carpenter was dissatisfied with the results. Recalling the experience, Carpenter commented "it was terrible. I had a movie that didn't work, and I knew it in my heart".[4] Carpenter subsequently added the prologue with Mr. Machen (John Houseman) telling ghost stories to fascinated children by a campfire. The name "Machen" is a reference to British horror fantasist Arthur Machen. Carpenter added several other new scenes and re-shot others in order to make the film more comprehensible, more frightening, and gorier. Carpenter and Debra Hill have said that the necessity for a re-shoot became especially clear to them after they realized that The Fog would have to compete with horror films that had high gore content.[5] John Houseman (September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a Romanian-born actor and film producer. ... Arthur Machen (March 3, 1863 – December 15th, 1947) was a leading Welsh-born author of the 1890s. ...


Approximately one-third of the finished film is comprised of the newer footage. This includes the introductory "storytelling" scene, the morgue scene, Stevie Wayne's battle with the ghosts on top of the lighthouse, and graphic inserts into the death scenes.


Critical reception

The film was greeted with mixed reviews when it was initially released, but it was a commercial success. Roger Ebert commented in his review that "This isn't a great movie but it does show great promise from Carpenter". [6] It is now generally considered to be, as Carpenter once called it, "a minor horror classic". Carpenter himself stated that this is not his overall favorite film due to re-shoots and low production values. This is one of the reasons he agreed to the 2005 remake (see below).


2005 remake

Main article: The Fog (2005 film)

The film was remade under the direction of Rupert Wainwright with a screenplay by Cooper Layne and starring Tom Welling and Maggie Grace. Though based on the concept of Carpenter and Hill's original screenplay, the remake was a "teen horror film." Green-lit by Revolution Studios with just eighteen pages of script written, the film was nearly universally panned for the shallow plot and poor acting. As of January 2006, the film has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 5%. The Fog is a 2005 horror film directed by Rupert Wainwright. ... The Fog is a 2005 horror film directed by Rupert Wainwright. ... Rupert Wainwright (born November 30, 1961) is an English film and television director, writer, and actor. ... Thomas John Patrick Welling (born April 26, 1977 in Putnam Valley, New York) is an American actor, director, and former male fashion model, most famous for playing Clark Kent on the current television series Smallville. ... Margaret Grace Denig (born September 21, 1983) is an American actress, who, under the stage name Maggie Grace, is best known for her work as Shannon Rutherford on the television series Lost. ... Revolution Studios was founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Trivia

  • Bennett, the assistant to Father Malone in the opening scenes, is played by an uncredited John Carpenter.
  • Characters Nick Castle, Dan O'Bannon, Tommy Wallace are named after John Carpenter's real-life collaborators from previous films.
  • The band mentioned on the radio in an early scene, "The Coupe DeVilles", is a real band featuring director John Carpenter. Their only "notable" song was Big Trouble in Little China from the film of the same name, also directed by Carpenter.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Nick Castle (born September 21, 1947) is an American actor,screenwriter and film director. ... Dan OBannon (born Daniel Thomas OBannon on September 30, 1946 in St. ... Tommy Lee Wallace is a film producer and director. ... Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenters Big Trouble in Little China) is a 1986 comedy/action film, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall, set in San Franciscos Chinatown. ...

Taglines

  • What you can't see won't hurt you... it'll kill you!
  • Lock your doors. Bolt your windows. There's something in THE FOG!
  • When the fog rolls in... the terror begins!
  • It is night. It is cold. It is coming.
  • JOHN CARPENTER, who startled the world with "Halloween," now brings you the ultimate experience in terror.
  • What In The Living Hell Is Out There?

References

  1. ^ Gilles Boulenger, John Carpenter Prince of Darkness, (Los Angeles, Silman-James Press, 2003), pp.116, ISBN 1-879505-67-3
  2. ^ Boulenger, pp. 115
  3. ^ Paul Scanlon, 'THE FOG': A SPOOK RIDE ON FILM[1]; last accessed November 17, 2007
  4. ^ Boulenger, pp. 118
  5. ^ Audio commentary by John Carpenter and Debra Hill in The Fog, 2002 special edition DVD.
  6. ^ Roger Ebert, review of The Fog[2]; last accessed November 17, 2007

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