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'''''The Fog''''' is a 1980 movie by Creator/JohnCarpenter, his first feature after [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} a certain film]], starring JamieLeeCurtis and her mother, [[Film/{{Psycho}} Janet Leigh]], Nancy Loomis, John Houseman and others.

A small coastal Californian town is menaced by a mysterious fog as the town's foundation's 100th anniversary approaches... and the fog wants victims...

[[TheRemake It has been remade in 2005]], starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionMom: Stevie becomes one of these in the film's final few minutes as she has to fight off the ghosts.
* AttackOfTheTownFestival: Subverted as Antonio Bay's birthday festival is cancelled due to power malfunction [[spoiler: caused by the fog]].
* AxeBeforeEntering
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Most of the main characters survive, but poor Father Malone still gets killed by the zombie/ghost pirates for something his ancestor did. May also double as a DownerEnding.]]
** [[spoiler:In the remake Elizabeth Williams, played by Maggie Grace, is revealed to be the reincarnation of the woman Blake loved when he was alive, and she becomes her ancestor at the end and disappears into the fog with Blake while her her lover Nick, played by Tom Welling, can only watch in horror. He lives on with all the other survivors, but the woman ''he'' loved is gone.]]
* ByTheHair: One of the ghosts grabs Sandy by the hair when trying to get through the church window.
* UsefulNotes/{{California}}
* CastingGag: Mother and daughter Janet Leigh and JamieLeeCurtis. Also ''Halloween'' co-stars Nancy Loomis and Charles Cyphers in addition to Curtis. All three interacted a lot in ''Halloween'' but are almost completely separate in this.
* CoitusEnsues: Nick and Elizabeth hop into bed literally about half an hour after they've met, before they even know each other's names too.
* CreatorCameo: John Carpenter appears early in the movie as Bennett.
* DangerousWindows
* {{Diary}}: Father Malone's grandfather's journal provides exposition.
* DisappearedDad: Stevie is a single parent with no explanation given.
* EightiesHair: Ooh boy.
* EvilDetectingDog: Mrs. Williams mentions that her dog kept barking and growling on the night of ghosts first appearance.
* EyeScream
* FailedASpotCheck
* FogOfDoom: It's in the title, folks.
* GenderBlenderName: Stevie Wayne. Also a case of TwoFirstNames.
* GhostPirate: None of them actually appear in the movie, but one is added to the DVD release's menus.
* GhostShip: Three examples. The ''Seagrass'' and the ''Resa Jane'' (the brig Nick talks about, [[spoiler:which also seems to have fallen victim to the ghosts]]) are examples of the trope, and the ''Elizabeth Dane'' is a rather literal example.
* GhostlyChill: The ghosts cause the temperature to drop sharply when they appear (the thermometer on the ''Seagrass'' was stuck at twenty degrees).
* GhostlyGoals: Plain old revenge.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Blake's (the leader of the ghosts) eyes.
** RedEyesTakeWarning
* GoryDiscretionShot: Most of the murders. Infact, there is no violence in the movie.
* HauntedTechnology: The ghosts' presence is first experienced when various technology goes haywire.
* HeroicSacrifice: Father Malone tries this. [[spoiler: Double Subverted.]]
* HollywoodDensity: For a man his age, Father Malone sure is strong [[spoiler: to be able to carry a large solid gold cross]].
* HooksAndCrooks: Most of the ghosts are armed with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook_%28hand_tool%29 longshoreman's hooks]], although at least one wields a dagger, and Blake himself carries a sword.
* HopeSpot: When Blake is given the cross [[spoiler:it glows brightly and dissipates the fog, saving Stevie and the others.]] However, in the final scene, [[spoiler:the ghosts return to the church, and Blake himself delivers the deathblow to Father Malone - the sixth and final victim.]]
* HystericalWoman: Subverted. Stevie's panic slowly starts to increase but she keeps her act together long enough to warn people about the fog and to fight off the pirates, and this is JustifiedTrope when its taken into consideration that she is trapped in a lighthouse while her home and her son are left at the mercy of undead pirates and all she can do is spread warnings over the radio.
* ImpromptuTracheotomy
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt
* InfantImmortality
* JumpScare
* LightIsNotGood: The fog is accompanied by a bright glowing light.
* LighthousePoint: The place from which Stevie transmits.
* MeaningfulEcho: Sandy sarcastically responds with "yes ma'am" whenever Kathy Williams says something. Later on after [[spoiler: hearing that her husband has been killed]] she asks Sandy to take her home, and Sandy says "yes ma'am" affectionately.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: The ghosts kill [[spoiler: six people]]. Only one is female.
* TheMockbuster: Oliver Krekel's ''Fog 2 - Revenge of the Executed''.
* MythologyGag: Many of the characters are named after notable people John Carpenter has worked with such as Nick Castle (played Michael Myers in ''Halloween''), Tommy Wallace (the film's editor), and Dan O'Bannon (a fellow screenwriter).
* NothingIsScarier: The slow build-up at the beginning of the film where, after midnight, things inexplicably start to go crazy as a bad omen. There's no cause given and no explanation and the incidents in question just... happen.
* OneSteveLimit: Curious example. One of the characters is called Elizabeth and the ship the ghosts were killed on was named the ''Elizabeth Dane''. No connection, [[spoiler: different story in the remake]].
* PeekABooCorpse
* SceneryPorn
* ShoutOut: TheCoroner's name is [[TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Phibes]].
** Mr. Machen is an homage to fantasy writer Arthur Machen (mispronounced, mind you). There are Lovecraft references in the place names "Arkham Reef" and "Whateley." Nick Castle is named for the regular Carpenter collaborator who played Michael Myers the first time out.
* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler: The ghosts in the fog want revenge for having been lured to their death so the town's founders could steal their gold]].
* SinisterMinister: Father Malone's grandfather who participated in the murder of the leper colony.
* SoundOnlyDeath: [[spoiler:Father Malone, the third guy on the Seagrass and Mrs. Kobritz]]
* TitleDrop: ''...look for the fog.''
* TokenMinority: Mel.
* TownWithADarkSecret
* VampireInvitation: If the fog can't come inside, the ghosts can't either unless you let them. [[spoiler:Of course, at the climax, the ghosts start getting impatient, as they just plain ''smash'' their way into the church and the lighthouse]]
* WeatherDissonance: The [=titular=] fog moves against the wind.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve
* WithDueRespect: Sandy.
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