Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers
If asked to name their favorite John Carpenter movie, most folks would either answer with Halloween or The Thing, and neither response would be frowned upon. To many horror purists, though, it's The Fog, the iconic writer-director's underrated, seriously eerie supernatural gem. And, to keep it real, depending on the mood here at Complex, we're inclined to agree.
Opening with a somber, shivery campfire scene, which explains the back story of the doomed leper ship the Elizabeth Dane, The Fog settles into a slowly paced mood of unwavering dread. As the townsfolk of California's Antonio Bay try evade a massive fog bank that contains the Dane's ghosts, Carpenter does a masterful job of keeping the monsters mostly concealed, relying on his sinister musical score and knack for subtle shocks. —MB