The Fog (1980)

Directed by John Carpenter.  Written by Carpenter and Debra Hill.  Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook.

Plot: lepers are killed maliciously and 100 years later they come back with the fog to exact revenge


So, in 1880, the founding fathers of the town purposely sank a ship with lepers on it because they dared to want a colony they could live in.  Well, it’s no surprise that the lepers were pissed about that.  In 1980, a fog sweeps into town.  A very dense fog containing the ghosts of the lepers.  Or perhaps the zombie-like remnants of the lepers.  They seem like ghosts, sweeping in with the fog, but they look a lot like zombies.

Jamie Lee is a bit of a slut in this movie.  But hey, who isn’t sometimes.  LOL  Tom Atkins always seems to get the girl right away in these movies (think Halloween III for example).  Anyway, Jamie Lee and Tom run around the town trying to escape the fog and help others escape the fog.  Meanwhile, Adrienne Barbeau is in the lighthouse where she works on the radio, informing everyone in town to lock their doors and avoid the fog at all costs.


This movie has a great motive – obviously.  We’d have been pissed off, too.  The townspeople are likable though, the story is terrific, it followed rules, was realistic, had a haunting script and an exceptional cast.  Also, for ’80, the effects were fantastic.  How did they do that with the fog?  It looked so real.

We absolutely love this movie.  Our score: 88/100.

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