The Fog

Synopsis: As the centennial of the small town of Antonio Bay, California approaches, paranormal activity begins to occur at midnight. 100 years ago, the wealthy leper Blake bought the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane and sailed with his people to form a leper colony. However, while sailing through a thick fog, they were deliberately misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the ship toward the light and crashing it against the rocks. While the town's residents prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town's founders committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the ominous glowing fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): John Carpenter
Production: AVCO Embassy Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


Almost midnight.

Enough time for one more story.

One more story before 12,

just to keep us warm.

In five minutes,

it'll be the 21st of April.

One hundred years ago on the 21st of April,

out in the waters around Spivey Point,

a small clipper ship drew toward land.

Suddenly, out of the night,

the fog rolled in.

For a moment, they could see nothing,

not a foot ahead of them.

And then, they saw a light.

My God, it was a fire burning on the shore.

Strong enough to penetrate

the swirling mist.

They steered a course toward the light.

But it was a campfire, like this one.

The ship crashed against the rocks.

The hull sheared in two.

The mast snapped like a twig.

And the wreckage sank

with all the men aboard.

At the bottom of the sea

lay the Elizabeth Dane with her crew,

their lungs filled with saltwater,

their eyes open and staring

into the darkness.

And above, as suddenly as it had come,

the fog lifted, receded back

across the ocean

and never came again.

But it is told by the fishermen

and their fathers and grandfathers

that when the fog returns to Antonio Bay,

the men at the bottom of the sea,

out in the water by Spivey Point,

will rise up

and search for the campfire

that led them to their dark, icy death.

Twelve o'clock.

The 21st of April.

It's midnight and we've just started

into the witching hour.

This is Stevie Wayne,

on top of the world tonight

and I'll be here right up until

about one o'clock.

I'm all through, Father.

Oh, thank you, Bennett.

I won't need you until four tomorrow.

Yes, sir.

Something to keep you warm

on the way home?

No, thank you. Father, can I get paid?

Why don't you come in at six

instead of four tomorrow?

Yes, sir.


It's 59 degrees outside

and let me be the first to wish Antonio Bay

a happy birthday.

We're 100 years old today.

The weatherman's trying to spoil it.

He says we may be in for rain tonight.

From where I'm sitting,

it looks like clear skies.

I think the weatherman's

been working too hard.

Well, I'll stay here for another hour,

just to see if he's right.

And I'm inviting you to stay here with me.

There's a cutter run aground

over here on the east bay. Over.

Global 1 X. This cutter's name's

Lady Belle Pacific.

Serial number 024KL596. Over.

Global 1 X5. Lady Belle Pacific

is seaworthy. No major damage.

Why don't you send a tow. I'm about

a quarter mile above the boatel. Over.

This is KAB, Antonio Bay, California.

Six minutes after midnight.

Haven't heard from the weatherman,

so I don't know about that rain.

But there's a full moon

and no clouds in the sky.

I'm Stevie Wayne and

if you don't have anything to do right now,

I'll be here, playing music,

all through the witching hour.

Even if you do have something to do,

keep me turned on for a while

and I'll try my best to do the same for you.


Hi. How far you going?

- Other side of town.

- Close enough.

- Can you make it?

- Yeah. Thank you.



Listen, I never hitchhiked before.

I just really wanna be careful.

- Can I ask you something?

- Sure.

Are you weird?

Yes, I am.

- I am weird.

- You are weird.

Thank God. The last one I had

was so normal it was disgusting.

He picked me up in Santa Barbara.

By Carmel, he wanted to marry me.

Yeah. I thought you never hitchhiked before.

Not before last week.

You're my thirteenth ride.

Great. Weird and unlucky.

We'll see.

- Are you all right? You sure?

- I'm fine. I think so.

What the hell was...?

It's twelve minutes after midnight

and this is Stevie Wayne.

- Let's get out of here.

- Around until about 1 o'clock.

I'm high tonight in the KAB lighthouse

on Spivey Point.

In case you've forgotten, it's April 21st

and a happy birthday for Antonio Bay.

There's a celebration planned for tonight.

So if you're so excited about it

you can't sleep,

well, stay up with me

and I'll figure out some way

to keep you occupied.

Or not.

- KAB.

- Hi, sweetheart.

Hi, Dan, what have you got?

Are you lonely?

Is there anything I can do about it?

Never lonely.

I thought you finished at eight.

I changed shifts so I can make it

to the party.

Will you be there?

Until I can talk someone into giving up

city life for Antonio Bay, I'm it.

- And it means day and night.

- Too much work.

That's what I get for owning a station.

Tell me why you called,

or in 15 seconds I'm gonna hang up.

- You want something to talk about?

- Anything.

I've got a position on a trawler

about 15 miles out

called the Sea Grass.

I've got something on my scope -

appears to be a fog bank.

It's about 25 miles out

and moving in their direction.

Thanks. That's worth about ten seconds.

I'm on the air. Bye.

Ahoy, mateys. This is KAB, Antonio Bay.

Stevie Wayne here,

beaming a signal across the sea.

For the men in the Sea Grass,

15 miles out tonight,

a warm hello and keep a watch out

for that fog bank,

heading in from the east.

In the meantime, relax with me

while I play this song

from the Coupe De Villes

dedicated just to you.

Boy, would I like to meet her.

I saw her at a grocery store.

You would like to meet her.

She's crazy. There's no fog bank out there.

- What do you know about her?

- She owns that lighthouse.

- I know.

- Her son plays little league.

- She's a mother?

- I thought you were happily married.

- Not that happy.

- No fog bank out there.

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John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.Most films of Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). He returned to the Halloween franchise as both composer and executive producer for the horror sequel Halloween (2018). Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films' music; some of them are now well-known, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). Carpenter has released three studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998 (2017). more…

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