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

The small coastal Californian town of Antonio Bay is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Among the denizens of Antonio Bay are Stevie Wayne (Barbeau), who runs her own radio station, and Kathy Williams (Leigh), who is in charge of the centennial celebrations. New in town is Elizabeth Solley (Curtis), an aspiring artist who has hitchhiked from Santa Barbara. Everything seems peaceful in Antonio Bay, but on the night of the ceremony, a mysterious fog rolls in... and the fog wants victims...

[[TheRemake It has been remade in 2005]], starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair. The remake tries to create more connections between the characters and also tries to expand on a few plot points from the original.

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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: The ghosts have a habit of using their longshoreman's hooks to break through doors.
* 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 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.
* CastingGag: Mother and daughter Janet Leigh and Creator/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: The ghosts/zombies break through the stained-glass windows of the church.
* {{Diary}}: Father Malone's grandfather's journal provides exposition.
* EvilDetectingDog: Mrs. Williams mentions that her dog kept barking and growling on the night of ghosts first appearance.
* EyeScream: One of the fishermen gets speared right through the eyes.
* FiveFiveFive: The call number to Stevie's radio station.
* FogOfDoom: It's in the title, folks.
* GenderBlenderName: Stevie Wayne. Also a case of TwoFirstNames.
* 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) [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: Most of the murders. In fact, 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. This is a JustifiedTrope--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.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The opening credits call it "John Carpenter's 'The Fog'".
* JumpScare: Father Malone suddenly jumps out of his confessional booth in the silent church, scaring the bejesus out of Kathy.
* LightIsNotGood: The fog is accompanied by a bright glowing light.
* LighthousePoint: Stevie's radio station is located in the cupola of an abandoned lighthouse.
* 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.
* PeekABooCorpse: Elizabeth is sitting around on the abandoned fishing boat when the corpse of a fisherman tumbles out of the overhead compartment.
* SceneryPorn: The gorgeous coastline of Marin County, California.
* ShoutOut:
** TheCoroner's name is [[Film/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.''
* TownWithADarkSecret: Although the townspeople did not know about the crime committed 100 years ago until Father Malone finds the journal on anniversary day.
* 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.

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