->''"To the ships at sea who can hear my voice: Look across the water, into the darkness. Look for the fog."''
-->-- '''Stevie'''

''The Fog'' is a 1980 horror film by Creator/JohnCarpenter (his first feature after [[Film/Halloween1978 a certain other horror film]]), starring Adrienne Barbeau, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis (and her mother, Creator/JanetLeigh), Hal Holbrook, Nancy Loomis, John Houseman and others.

The small coastal northern California town of Antonio Bay is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Among the town's denizens 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 Remade in 2005]] with 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.

No relation to Creator/JamesHerbert's horror novel [[Literature/TheFog of the same name]].


!!This film provides examples of:

* FiveFiveFive: The call number to Stevie's radio station.
* 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 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 lepers for something his ancestor did. May also double as a DownerEnding.]]
* ByTheHair: One of the ghosts grabs Sandy by the hair when trying to get through the church window.
* 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.
* CutPhoneLines: Just as the sheriff is calling Stevie on her request, a pillar of fog climbs up a telephone pole and breaks off the cables.
* 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 the ghosts' first appearance.
* EyeScream: One of the fishermen gets stabbed right through the eyes.
* 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.
* GhostStory: The film's [[TheTeaser opening prologue]] has old sea captain Mr. Machen (John Houseman) relating the tale of the wreck of the ''Elizabeth Dane'' exactly 100 years prior (and the legend of her perished crew returning with the fog at midnight) to a group of children at a beach bonfire.
* 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 blood spilled on-screen 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''.
* MustBeInvited: 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]]
* MythologyGag: Many of the characters are named after notable people John Carpenter has worked with, such as Nick Castle (who 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.
* OminousFog: The premise of the film.
* PeekABooCorpse: Elizabeth is sitting around in 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 Creator/HPLovecraft references in the place names "Arkham Reef" and "Whateley."
** The overall story is reminiscent of "Literature/TheNightWire", albeit with the news-wire FramingDevice updated to a radio show.
** Nick Castle is named for the regular Carpenter collaborator who played Michael Myers in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''.
** A place called Bodega Bay is mentioned, which was the name of the setting of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/TheBirds''.
* SinisterMinister: Father Malone's grandfather, who participated in the murder of the leper colony. Father Malone himself is more of a GoodShepherd.
* 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]].
* 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.
* WeatherDissonance: The [=titular=] fog moves against the wind.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Early in the film, Father Malone tells Bennett, who has just asked to be paid, to come in at 6 instead of 4. Malone, [[HeelRealization realizing he'd been a dick to Bennett, was trying to call him back, presumably to apologize]] when the stone fell, revealing the hidden journal. Now, having just read about his Grandfather's sins, one might assume that Father Malone might be eager to avoid them, and pay Bennett for his services promptly when he returned. However, we never do see Bennett return, despite several scenes taking place at the church the next day. Did he simply decide not to show up, believing he'd never be paid for his work? Or was he paid by a contrite Father Malone off-screen?
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: At midnight before the anniversary of its founding, things start to go a little crazy in the town of Antonio Bay. TV's, machinery and car lights turn on, chairs move by themselves, church bells start ringing, a dog barks at the ocean, and a car alarm goes off for no reason. Later the audience learns that many years earlier six conspirators met from midnight to 1:00 a.m. to plot a mass murder.

!!The remake has examples of:

* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: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.]]
* CondensationClue: One of the girls on the first boat to be engulfed draws a set of scales on the fogged-up window in a trance. Presumably this is to foreshadow the ghosts' desire to even the score against the town.