The Fog

1980 R 1h 31m DVD

The Fog

1980 R 1h 31m DVD
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While an old, weather-beaten fisherman tells a ghost story to fascinated children huddled by a campfire, a piece of driftwood in a child's hands begins to glow, and an eerie fog envelops the seaside community of Antonio Bay. From its midst emerges demonic victims of a century-old shipwreck seeking revenge on the small town. Director John Carpenter's follow-up to his breakout film, Halloween, stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh.
Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, James Canning, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, Hal Holbrook, Ty Mitchell
John Carpenter
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie has violence, as ghostly sea zombies slash into living folks with their cutlasses. This happens in quick "shock" edits, which are careful to leave the worst of it to your imagination. Still the director's favorite trick seems to be a nice, shiny blade suddenly popping out of a victim who's been run clean through. The movie is still too violent for kids and tweens.

Sexual Content

Hitchhiker Elizabeth and motorist Nick are shown in bed together the morning after they meet. Other men make mildly suggestive remarks about their attractions to Stevie.


Indiscriminate killing by swords and gaffing-hooks, and victims including a grandmotherly old-lady babysitter. One dead body seems to have had its eyes poked out. No extreme blood-spatter gore, at least.


The F-word is uttered once.

Social Behavior

There's no one you would want your kid imitating.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of beer consumed, and Pastor Malone is an alcoholic.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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