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Cult 101: The Fog (1980) 4K Restoration

Opens on May 12

Director: John Carpenter Run Time: 89 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1980

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Atkins

Country: United States
Language: English

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About the film:

A weather beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood in a child’s hands glows with spectral light an eerie fog envelops the bay, and from its midst emerge dripping demonic figures… seeking revenge.

As the strange, glowing fog rolls over the small coastal town one hundred years after a mysterious shipwreck, vengeful ghosts go on a killing spree, and residents look for answers even as they try to survive.

“The Fog is pivotal to the cementing of director John Carpenter’s aesthetic… He’s a master, period—a genre poet as pop existentialist.”

—Chuck Bowen, Slant

About the filmmaker:

Director, writer, and composer John Carpenter, founding father of the modern slasher film, is the mind behind classics Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), and more. Called “a creative genius of raw, fantastic, and spectacular emotions,” Carpenter was awarded the prestigious Golden Coach at Cannes 2019 for his innovative projects. One of his first, the short film The Resurrection of Broncho Billy, won an Academy Award in 1971.

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