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  • The Fog (1980)

    Title The Fog
    Year 1980
    Rated R
    Released 08 Feb 1980
    Runtime 89 min
    Director John Carpenter
    Writer John Carpenter, Debra Hill
    Actors Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman
    Plot As the centennial of the small town of Antonio Bay, California approaches, paranormal activity begins to occur at midnight. 100 years ago, the wealthy leper Blake bought the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane and sailed with his people to form a leper colony. However, while sailing through a thick fog, they were deliberately misguided by a campfire onshore, steering the course of the ship toward the light and crashing it against the rocks. While the town's residents prepare to celebrate, the victims of this heinous crime that the town's founders committed rise from the sea to claim retribution. Under cover of the ominous glowing fog, they carry out their vicious attacks, searching for what is rightly theirs.
    Language English
    Country USA
    Awards 1 win & 2 nominations.
    Production AVCO Embassy Pictures
    Website N/A
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  • #2
    Years ago, I had started a system to retain information on certain films including this one in particular.. Since I had recorded the information, there's been new releases and interviews so much of this information can be found elsewhere. I marked the source as well in the event that incorrect information was given so to determine where it came from.

    BUDGET AND COSTS
    The total budget was $1.1 million. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The initial budget was to be roughly $900,000, but extra content was later filmed after the movie had wrapped which had an additional cost of $200,000. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD



    FILM LOCATIONS
    The opening scene with Mr. Machen and the children was shot on the a soundstage at Raleigh Studios. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The town of Antonio Bay is actually Point Reyes, California which is located in Marin County 40 miles north of San Francisco. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Filming in the town of Point Reyes itself only took one day. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The lighthouse’s location is actually the second foggiest point in the United States. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The church is located in Altadena, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The grocery store shown during the opening credits is located on Laurel Canyon Blvd in Los Angeles, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The gas station shown during the opening credits is located on San Fernando Valley, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The scene with Sandy, played by Nancy Loomis, during the opening credits was shot in her and her then husband’s house. Her husband at the time was crew member Tommy Lee Wallace. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    During the opening credits is a scene with Sandy checking on the car and the car alarms that have gone off. Right after, her TV turns on and the chair nearby moves. The following shot is of a clock. That particular shot was from John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s apartment. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The shots of scenery after the event in Sandy’s house during the opening credits were taken on Bear Valley Road in Olema, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    When Nick picks up Elizabeth early in the movie, the dialogue scene with them in the truck was shot in a Chevron station garage located in Inverness, California. The scene of Nick, Elizabeth, and Andy in the truck and surrounded by ghostly figures late in the film was shot in the garage as well. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The scenes inside the weather station, inside the lighthouse, and on top of the lighthouse were filmed on a soundstage at Raleigh Studios. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Interior shots of the Sea Grass were of an actual ship filmed in San Pedro, California.
    -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The crew of the Sea Grass watching the Elizabeth Dane sail by was shot in San Pedro California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The scene of Stevie Wayne at the radio station, after the Sea Grass crew’s demise, contains point of view shots of the ocean. These were taken from the actual lighthouse itself and done so during the day and later made to appear as if it were night time. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Nick and Elizabeth in bed together early in the film was shot in Inverness, California. The shots of everything else in the scene such as the ghostly figure and the next room with the clock were filmed at Laurel Canyon. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The scene of Andy on the beach during the day was shot at Drakes Beach located in Point Reyes, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Stevie Wayne’s house was located on Tomale’s Bay in Point Reyes, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Stevie Wayne’s bedroom was a set built at Raleigh Studios. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The scene of Nick and Elizabeth at the docks and inquiring about the Sea Grass was filmed at Bodega Bay, California which is a location where The Birds was shot along with at Drakes Beach. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Nick and Elizabeth heading towards the Sea Grass while on Ashecroft’s boat was filmed at San Pedro Harbor in California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The introduction scene of Mrs. Williams, with Sandy, was filmed at Olema, California.
    -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The church exterior was filmed at Altadena, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The scene of Nick and Elizabeth below deck on the Sea Grass was shot on a soundstage.
    -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The scene with Nick and Elizabeth along with the coroner and body of Dick Baxter was filmed in a clinic located in San Fernando, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The townspeople and the mayor all together was filmed in the parking lot of a restaraunt called Jerry’s Farmhouse in Olema, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    During the scene when Nick informs Mrs. Williams about her husband, there’s a shot focused on the radio while Stevie Wayne’s voice can be heard. This individual shot was filmed at John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s apartment. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    The weather station interior was a set filmed at Raleigh Studios. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Antonio Bay’s power station was filmed in Los Angeles, California. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Shots of Sandy and Mrs. Williams driving towards the church to avoid the fog were filmed on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, California. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    Several of the shots during when Sandy and Mrs. Williams drive towards the church first arriving there to escape the fog go back and forth between Olema and Altadena. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

    People hyping up Wonder Woman to be the GOAT and I'm like "psshh, you guys must not have seen bigfoot rip off a man's dick before." -Me talking about 1980's Night of the Demon.

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    • #3
      DATES AND SHOOTING SCHEDULES
      The Fog’s shooting schedule was originally 30 days. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The reshoots and extra material were shot in about a month and before the film had to be delivered. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      Actor John Houseman, who portrayed Mr. Machen, worked for one day. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The scene where Nick tells Mrs. Williams about her husband has her crying softly over the news. This was filmed 14 times and Janet Leigh managed to cry in each take. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The first day of shooting was of Stevie Wayne driving up to the lighthouse. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The sound was mixed in 3 days. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD



      CUT SCENES AND DROPPED IDEAS
      Originally, the body of Dick Baxter was to roll out of the cupboard and scare Elizabeth during the scene where she and Nick enter the steering house. It was altered with the additional footage later shot where they wander down below deck. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The character Dan had more screen time originally, but was trimmed due to the additional footage shot and placed into the film. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      Originally, a ghostly figure only appeared to nab Mrs. Kobritz. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The film’s original ending was different from the ending the film has now. It was changed due to the marketing of the time. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD



      BEHIND THE MAKE-UP, CAMERA TECHNIQUES, SPECIAL EFFECTS
      The opening credits scene of the clerk sweeping the grocery store was only lit by the natural lighting seen in the store itself. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      To help give the illusion that the truck is really moving during the dialogue scene between Nick and Elizabeth after he picks her up, the truck is being rocked as the leaves hooked on lights behind them on a stand. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The shots of the Sea Grass‘s exterior at night were of a miniature. -John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The first shot of the fog that is seen from the crew on the Sea Grass was a miniature created by having a small tank of water and dumping dry ice behind it. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The Elizabeth Dane that the crew of the Sea Grass watches sails by was of an actual ship. The actors though were on a boat sailing by the ship instead of the opposite. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The rippling water seen reflected on the window while Nick and Elizabeth are in bed together was created by having a pan with broken glass in it. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The scene with Mrs. Williams being scared by Father Malone jumping out from the shadows during her first appearance at the church was altered. Originally, where Father Malone was standing was bright enough so he could be seen standing. That frame was later darkened. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      Nick and Elizabeth go below deck of the Sea Grass while looking for its crew. This was filmed on a soundstage and to give it the appearance of it being part of an actual ship, the set was put on a gimble so it could be rocked back and forth. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The boat scenes with Nick and Elizabeth going to and leaving from the Elizabeth Dane were shot with a panaglide camera due to the small amount of room for equipment. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The ominous shot of the dark sky and the fog moving across a pier were shot separately and placed together to create what is seen. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The shot of the beach with a dark sky and fog was actually shot in the daytime and used specific filters to give that gloomy appearance. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The scenes of the fog glowing as it moved around the rocky cliffs and terrain was filmed in two separate pieces. The first was of the terrain. The second was a miniature of the terrain and created a fog by dry ice and have it guided around certain sections. The two shots were placed together to give the effect that the fog went around certain points of the actual terrain. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      To light up the fog somewhat, a pulsating light placed in the background. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The sequence of the fog breaking the power lines was created by using a miniature. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The scene of the town’s power going was a plate shot using a miniature. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The fog creeping to Stevie Wayne’s house was going to be filmed using a miniature and plate shot, but the live shot worked so well that it was used by itself. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      Shots of the fog at Stevie Wayne’s house when Nick arrives to rescue Andy were done using a miniature shot placed over the real live shot. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The scenes of the fog moving inside Stevie Wayne’s house was shot during the day despite the night time look. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The fog coming down the town’s streets and towards Nick, Elizabeth, and Andy was filmed in reverse due to the wind which made it impossible to have the fog move in the direction needed. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The golden cross was actually rather light despite Father Malone making it appear to be a heavy object to move. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The golden cross was painted with a coating of Scotch-Brite which allowed it to give a glowing effect when light hit it. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The head ghost, Blake, is comprised of a mask with front screen material that glows and is controlled by a light off through a mirror. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The sword swung by Blake towards Father Malone during the final moments of the film was an actual real sword. Despite being placed far enough way from the sword, Hal Holbrook was still somewhat nervous. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      The scene of Stevie Wayne on top of the lighthouse and the fog vanishing was shot and acted in reverse. -Adrienne Barbeau, Tales From the Mist-Inside “The Fog” documentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

      Dick Alban Jr. and his team used dry ice, “fog juice”, “optical fog”, and fog machines to create the fog seen in the film. -Booklet inside The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD
      People hyping up Wonder Woman to be the GOAT and I'm like "psshh, you guys must not have seen bigfoot rip off a man's dick before." -Me talking about 1980's Night of the Demon.

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      • #4
        MUSIC AND SOUND
        During the scene where the fog surrounds the weather station and can be seen outside the window, some of Charles Cypher’s dialogue had to be looped because of the noise from the fog machine nearby. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The score was performed by John Carpenter’s group The Coupe De Villes in conjunction with The Coupettes which contained Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, and Debra Hill.
        -Booklet inside The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Besides additional footage and reshoots, the music and credits was also redone. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD



        GENERAL
        The Fog was the first film in a two movie deal with Avco Embassy. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The release prints of the film were through CFI. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The movie was filmed in Panavision widescreen 2.35:1. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        One idea for The Fog began to form in 1977 during a visit to Stonehenge. Beyond the spectacle was a fog. Upon seeing it, John Carpenter asked Debra Hill if it would be scary if something just happened to be in it. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The idea of a ship carrying gold and crashing against the rocks and having the crew drown was somewhat based off an occurrence in California history where a ship off the coast of Santa Barbara had done just that. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Parts of the film’s mood and feelings are based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        One source of inspiration came from EC Comics. -John Carpenter, Tales From the Mist-Inside “The Fog” documentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Another inspiration was when John Carpenter was younger and visited haunted houses at state fairs. The notion of stepping on a spring board and having things pop out to scare you was something he took notice of. -Booklet inside The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The Edgar Allen Poe quote located at the beginning of the film was Debra Hill’s idea and was added during post production. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The first two children that can be seen during the opening campfire scene belong to Nancy Jacoby, a friend of Debra Hill’s. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The character Bennett, who was shown cleaning up the church near the beginning of the film, was played by John Carpenter. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The opening credit shots of the town were done by Debra Hill. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        After the chair moves and scares Sandy during the opening credits, there’s a shot of the clock to indicate the current time. The next shot is of a radio. The photo on top of the radio is of Debra Hill as a young girl. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        During the scene where Andy goes to wake up Stevie Wayne in the morning, photos can be seen in the background that contain Adrienne Barbeau and an old boyfriend of hers who had also dated Debra Hill at one time. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The character of Stevie Wayne was loosely based on women from Howard Hawks films.
        -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The name Elizabeth Dane was derived from John Carpenter’s previous girlfriend’s first name and Dane was later added by Debra Hill. The name was also given to the character Elizabeth Solley. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The character name of Kobritz, as in Mrs. Kobritz, was taken from a producer John Carpenter had worked with earlier in his career named Richard Kobritz who would later go on to produce Christine. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Mrs. William’s profession was of a realtor. -John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The spiral staircase seen in the lighthouse was from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
        -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Dan driving towards the weather station at night was directed by Debra Hill as John Carpenter was unavailable due to a tooth ache. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Most of the townspeople seen during the celebration were locals of Olema, California.
        -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        When the townspeople are looking at the statue near the end of the celebration event, Sandy leaves with Mrs. Williams. Where Mrs. Williams was standing, Debra Hill can now be seen in the background as an extra. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        A close up of Mrs. Williams hands holding the diary during the climax of the film at the church was inserted to allow more dialogue to be spoken. The hands belonged to Debra Hill standing in for Janet Leigh. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The hands belonging to the ghostly figures coming through the church windows were performed by Tommy Lee Wallace. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The close up shots of Stevie Wayne’s hands and feet when on the lighthouse roof trying to escape the ghostly figures was of Debra Hill standing in for Adrienne Barbeau. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Stevie Wayne’s final scene talking on the radio about the recent events was made in order to be reminiscent of the “keep watching the skies” moment from The Thing from Another World. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The theatrical poster contains the phrase “Bolt your doors. Lock your windows.” which is similar to the opening of The Thing from Another World that played during Halloween.
        -Photo Gallery, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        After seeing Halloween, Janet Leigh approached John Carpenter and said if he ever had a role for her, she would take it. This lead to her role in The Fog. -Janet Leigh, Tales From the Mist-Inside “The Fog” documentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Originally, Jamie Lee Curtis wasn’t mentioned on the theatrical poster, but due to the popularity of Halloween her name was placed on it along with a photo of her holding a door shut to keep a ghostly figure out. -Debra Hill, Tales From the Mist-Inside “The Fog” documentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The role of Elizabeth was written specifically for Jamie Lee Curtis. -Booklet inside The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The crew had to travel over 638 steps to haul the equipment to the lighthouse during winds that went up to 75 mph. -Booklet inside The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        After the film had finished shooting, it was decided extra content was needed to make the film work. Scenes that portrayed violence was added and can be said it was due to the success of Scanners at the time in which it was felt that the genre had been pushed somewhat. -Debra Hill’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The opening credits scene of inside the grocery store with the clerk, Sandy awakening to the cars honking, and the gas station wasn’t originally in the film and added during reshoots to help give the film more mood. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The original version of the scene with the Sea Grass’s crew didn’t contain any overt violence and you never saw the ghostly figures. The scene originally ended with Dick Baxter first walking into the steering house after the crew notices the fog. Additional footage of the crew being murdered and of the ghostly figures on screen was later shot and inserted. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The scene with Nick and Elizabeth in bed together was reshot later to give it a more frightening punch. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The scene of Nick and Elizabeth with the coroner and the body of Dick Baxter wasn’t in the film originally, but later shot and added. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Dan being opening the door and being killed by the ghostly figure was additional footage later filmed to give the scene “more punch”. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Mrs. Kobritz going outside and into the fog was additional footage shot to enhance the film. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Stevie Wayne on top of the lighthouse trying to escape the ghostly figures was additional shot footage. -John Carpenter’s commentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        Nick telling the story about the gold coin to Elizabeth while below deck on the Sea Grass was additional footage. -John Carpenter, Tales From the Mist-Inside “The Fog” documentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD

        The close up shot of the ghostly figure’s face with the worms on the lighthouse rooftop was additional shot material. -Debra Hill, Tales From the Mist-Inside “The Fog” documentary, The Fog (1980) Region 1 Special Edition DVD
        People hyping up Wonder Woman to be the GOAT and I'm like "psshh, you guys must not have seen bigfoot rip off a man's dick before." -Me talking about 1980's Night of the Demon.

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        • #5
          In addition to the above, I also listed the differences between the film and the novelization with the exception of minor dialogue alterations. For example, if a character said "I'm heading over there" in the film, but in the book stated it as "I'm on my way" instead. It carries the same meaning and was skipped over. Enjoy!

          The Fog film to novelization differences

          #1. Movie: The film opens with Andy and several other kids sitting around a campfire opposite Mr. Machen.

          Book: The story begins with Andy, having sneaked out of his house, heading towards the site with Mr. Machen and the other kids.


          #2. Movie: We first hear Stevie Wayne’s voice during the introduction scene of Father Malone as she’s on the radio in the background.

          Book: While Andy is traveling to the site of Mr. Machen and other kids, he becomes scared and turns on his portable radio. We’re then introduced to Stevie Wayne who mentions the time of 11:50 P.M.


          #3. Movie: The radio station’s frequency is shown when Stevie walks through the lighthouse entrance gate.

          Book: When we’re first introduced to Stevie, she mentions the radio stations call letters and frequency.


          #4. Movie: Mr. Machen notices it’s 11:55 P.M. which leaves just enough time for one more story before midnight.

          Book: After seeing it’s 11:55 P.M., Mr. Machen doesn’t believe there’s enough time for any more stories. That is, until the children urge him on which convinces him so.


          #5. Movie: When Stevie is first heard during Father Malone’s introduction scene, she states the time as midnight.

          Book: She says instead that it’s four minutes past midnight.


          #6. Movie: Stevie normally has a particular radio voice that she doesn’t drop for the first time until when stating that the fog is heading towards Russellville Road.

          Book: After first talking to Dan, she loses track of time while trying to figure out the eerie light emanating from the fog. During this, the record being played gives out. She quickly goes on air to cover for the deal silence, but forgoes the usual radio voice.


          #7. Movie: Mr. Machen only mentioning of the fog is in his story.

          Book: Before beginning his story, Mr. Machen says that there could be things out in the fog at that
          moment which prompts Tracy Cronenberg to ask about what he means and of the fog itself.


          #8. Movie: Father Malone calls the church worker by his first name, Bennett.

          Book: We learn that his last name is Tramer when Father Malone thinks about how he’s always listening to Stevie on the radio.


          #9. Movie: Nothing is said about Father Malone’s dad.

          Book: We learn that his dad was Tom Malone who was Antiono Bay’s pastor for 67 years.


          #10. Movie: We’re not told how long Father Malone has been the current pastor nor how long his grandfather, Patrick Malone, was.

          Book: Father Malone thinks to himself how it had been 13 years since he took upon the role. That would mean Patrick Malone, his grandfather, was the church father figure for 20 years since we also know how long Tom, his dad, was as well.


          #11. Movie: The only rock that’s shown having fallen in the church is the one that hides the journal.

          Book: Before Bennett enters Father Malone’s chamber, the priest notices debris that’s fallen from the ceiling near the bookcase and comments that the structure was never built to withstand the sound of the noise of modern society (cars, planes) and that the church bells are bringing pieces down that have weakened.


          #12. Movie: Father Malone senses an eerie silence after seeing if Bennett was still in the church. Quickly after, a stone from the wall falls onto his desk which gives him such a shock he drops his wine glass and the radio.

          Book: Instead of an eerie silence, he hears some sort of whispering that’s projected all around him. The doorknob rattles and an ominous force is felt surrounding him. When he moves towards his desk, the object inches away from him. Asking “Who are you? What do you want?” is replied with a loud roar and something cracking. The noise causes him to drop his wine glass which he accidentally steps onto the remaining pieces before the stone becomes dislodged and lands on his desk.


          #13. Movie: During the opening credits, Stevie is heard on the radio wishing a happy birthday to Antonio Bay and gives the current temperature.

          Book: When Andy walks home after leaving the campfire where Mr. Machen and the other kids were, he turns on the portable radio in time to hear his mother say happy birthday to the town. She mentions the current temperature after Nick picks up Elizabeth hitchhiking and the truck windows explode.


          #14. Movie: During the opening credits there are shots of strange events happening all over town such as all the pay phones ring, gas pumps spew forth gas on their own, bottles rattling in the convenience store, along with Sandy seeing the car alarms go off while her TV turns on and the chair moves.

          Book: None of these are described in the book except for Sandy mentioning the car alarms went off .


          #15. Movie: The opening credits strange town scenes (described previously) happen after Father Malone discovers the hidden journal. During these bizarre town scenes we can see the times of 12:04 A.M. and 12:05 A.M. on the clocks.

          Book: When Father Malone discovers the journal and the radio was dropped, it turned on accidentally. Stevie is broadcasting the time as 12:12 A.M.


          #16. Movie: In sequence, the scene of Nick picking up Elizabeth comes first followed by the scene of Dan calling Stevie at the radio station.

          Book: The two scenes are reversed as first comes Dan calling Stevie followed by Nick picking up Elizabeth.


          #17 Movie: During Nick and Elizabeth’s introduction scene, Stevie can be heard saying it’s 12:12 A.M.

          Book: Stevie states it’s 23 and a half minutes past midnight. When Dan calls her for the first time she mentions is 12:12 A.M.


          #18 Movie: Nick and Elizabeth don’t learn each other’s first names until their second scene when they’re in bed together.

          Book: They tell each other their names when first speaking to one another when Nick picks her up.


          #19. Movie: After talking to Dan for the first time, Stevie dedicates the next song to the Sea Grass and says it’s 12:12 A.M.

          Book: When making the dedication, she comments that the time is 12:43 A.M.


          #20 Movie: According to Dan, the Sea Grass is about 15 miles out while the fog is 25 miles.

          Book: The Sea Grass is said to be 25 miles out with the fog nearby
          People hyping up Wonder Woman to be the GOAT and I'm like "psshh, you guys must not have seen bigfoot rip off a man's dick before." -Me talking about 1980's Night of the Demon.

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          • #6
            #21. Movie: Baxter is in the Sea Grass’s steering house when mistaking a ghostly figure for Williams.

            Book: It’s Williams in the steering house thinking the ghostly figure is Baxter. It’s also where we learn Wallace’s first name, Tommy, as Williams talks to the figure.


            #22. Movie: We witness the three members of the Sea Grass die.

            Book: Nothing is said about how Baxter and Wallace are killed while Williams is only described as looking up at the ghostly figure, but doesn’t even have enough time to scream.


            #23. Movie: When Nick goes to answer the door due to the pounding sound being made, we see the time is 1 A.M. before he’s able to open the door which we later learn the significance of the time.

            Book: At the end of the scene is Stevie broadcasting that the current time is 1 A.M.


            #24. Movie: Elizabeth’s last name is only revealed during the credits.

            Book: We learn her last name is Solley when Nick notices it on one of her sketches.


            #25. Movie: Elizabeth doesn’t go into detail about her drawings.

            Book: Her explanation of one sketch is that it’s of Morro Rock in Morro Bay. She goes on to compare the location and setting to something similar in the film Forbidden Planet.


            #26. Movie: Nick seems to look after Elizabeth and never lose his temper with her while she appears to be around him and keeping a calm demeanor during most events. When back at his house, she appears to have become quite close to him.

            Book: He’s more highly strung at times depending on if she’s acting scared or asking too many questions as well as pushing her away somewhat when they get back to his house. His mentality is that he doesn’t need anyone to look after him which clashes with how it’s one of the first things she does by bandaging a wound. It’s almost too much to the point where she begins grabbing her things to leave.


            #27. Movie: The scene of Nick and Elizabeth back at his house starts with them in bed together.

            Book: What’s implied is that Elizabeth tended to a wound Nick got from the exploding glass earlier by bandaging it up.


            #28. Movie: When the ghostly figure knocks on the door and Nick goes to see about it, Elizabeth remains quiet the entire time.

            Book: Elizabeth begs him not to answer the door. Nick responds that it’s probably Williams, but she responds with how she doesn’t think so. When the nobody is found as if they just vanished, she comments that she knew that was going to happen.


            #29. Movie: Nick opens his door to see nobody standing around outside while Elizabeth waits in the other room.

            Book: Both Elizabeth and Nick look outside the door and notice footprints on the ground that lead from the ocean to his front door.



            #30. Movie: The morning of April 21st begins with Andy out on the beach looking around. He eventually discovers a gold coin that turns into a piece of driftwood that has the word Dane inscribed.

            Book: More details of the morning are given such as Andy making eating Count Chocula cereal for breakfast, noticing a dog on the beach, fishing, and finding starfish that appeared nailed to the bottom of his house. More specifically would be right below Stevie’s bedroom. Upon closer inspection he sees that they’re nailed with a type normally seen on the old houses, but they aren’t rusted in the slightest and look new. Later in the story he begins to wonder if he really did see the nails or if the starfish had been trying to climb out of the ocean as if it were poisonous.

            When going to pull the gold coin out of the ocean, he’s hindered at first by seawood that’s wrapped around his arm. He manages to pull out the driftwood, but the word inscribed is not yet revealed.


            #31 Movie: Stevie knows Andy went out the night before to listen to Mr. Machen and that Mrs. Kobritz brought him home.

            Book: Andy snuck out of the house while Mrs. Kobritz was asleep.


            #32. Movie: Nick and Elizabeth go to the pier on the morning of April 21st and learn the Sea Grass and it’s crew aren’t back.

            Book: During the night, Nick has haunting dreams about Williams and the Sea Grass which makes him feel uncomfortable before even arriving at the pier.


            #33. Movie: When Nick questions Hank at the pier about the Sea Grass and Williams, Hank comments that Nick sounds like the guys wife to which Nick responds with how he’s his friend.

            Book: Nick’s temper flares when Hank comments about Williams where he starts making insults to him.


            #34. Movie: Nothing is every mentioned about Andy’s father.

            Book: It’s said that Stevie’s ex-husband/boyfriend’s name was Marty.


            #35. Movie: Stevie never says anything about Mr. Machen

            Book: She thinks to herself how she’s never met Mr. Machen, let alone speak with him as his phone number isn’t listed. She goes on to think how she could try asking the other children’s parent’s once more about how to reach him.


            #36. Movie: Stevie wakes up on the morning of April 21st and talks to her son Andy and looks at the driftwood.

            Book: She thinks to herself how she thought she kept hearing pounding all through out the night which can relate back to Andy finding the starfish attached to the house underneath her room.


            #37. Movie: Father Malone locates the golden cross near the final moments of the film when the ghostly figures attack everyone inside the church.

            Book: After Nick and Elizabeth find the dead body of Baxter aboard the Sea Grass, the following scene is of Father Malone pacing frantically in the church and at one point stopping and looking at the golden cross that’s behind the alter, spitting on it in disgust.


            #38 Movie: Nick tells Elizabeth the store of how his father found a gold coin on a “ghost ship” around Spivey Point.

            Book: The story is never told.


            #39 Movie: When helping Nick look around the Sea Grass, Elizabeth comments that perhaps the strange occurrences are somehow because of her.

            Book: She never mentions this.


            #40. Movie: After discovering Baxter’s body aboard the Sea Grass, Nick and Elizabeth are talking about it on Ashecroft’s boat.

            Book: The scene of them returning from the Sea Grass on Ashecroft’s boat never occurs.


            #41. Movie: Elizabeth is always seen with Nick.

            Book: Arriving back at Antonio Bay after searching the Sea Grass, Elizabeth tells Nick she needs to be alone for a while and walks around the town and eventually begins to work on a sketch. While noticing Mrs. Williams and Sandy, she becomes nauseous due to the event on the Sea Grass and soon after makes her way to the Elizabeth Dane Inn’s bar. Once again, she comes across the two and after discovering who Mrs. Williams is she thinks about telling her what she and Nick had discovered about the Sea Grass and its crew, but decides against it.



            #42. Movie: Mrs. Williams and Sandy’s introduction scene is of them walking and talking about the night’s events while heading towards the newly made monument for the celebration.

            Book: While Mrs Williams and Sandy are said to be walking and talking about the night’s events, they eventually head over to the Elizabeth Dane Inn’s bar while crossing paths with Elizabeth.




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              #43 Movie: Mrs. William’s car is a station wagon.

              Book: It’s described as a Cadillac Seville.


              #44. Movie: Mrs. Williams and Sandy drive to the church to meet with Father Malone and have a short conversation during the time before entering the building.

              Book: The dialogue from their introduction scene in the film has been placed where Elizabeth hears them talking in the bar along with some of the dialogue from the film’s version of when they go the church. An example would be how the phrase “Yes ma’am” can mean “Screw you” when Sandy says it.


              #45. Movie: When arriving at the church to meet with Father Malone, Mrs. Williams states her next project is the restoration of the cemetery.

              Book: She instead says the next project is the restoration of the church.


              #46. Movie: When Mrs. Williams and Sandy visit Father Malone, he shows them the journal and reads the pages to them as well as mentioning he couldn’t bear to read past the section he stops at.

              Book: Father Malone simply states the town is cursed and that his grandfather tried to hide the truth in the walls while adding that the evil had returned. The journal isn’t read until near the end when Andy, Nick, Elizabeth, Mrs. Williams, and Sandy are at the church after trying to escape the fog. There’s also nothing mentioned about there being anymore pages to read other than what’s read at that time.


              #47 Movie: Father Malone reads in the journal that the conspirators believed the confiscated gold had been stolen when in fact Father Malone’s grandfather had turned it into the gold cross.

              Book: Nothing of the sort implies that they the gold was stolen nor that they didn’t know about the gold cross.


              #48. Movie: When driving to the radio station, Stevie is listening to the coast guard report.

              Book: While driving, she listens to local business radio ads that tie into the evening’s celebration event.


              #49. Movie: When driving to the station, she doesn’t come across any of the other characters.

              Book: It’s said to be about 5 P.M. before she passes the car that has Mrs. Williams and Sandy in it. Previously last heard about them was that the time was 4:45 P.M. and Father Malone was expressing his new found disgust with his ancestor and how the town is cursed.


              #50 Movie: After the scene of Stevie driving to the radio station and hearing the coast guard report, the next scene is of Nick and Elizabeth on Ashecroft’s boat heading towards the Sea Grass.

              Book: Nick and Elizabeth on the boat takes place right after Andy wakes Stevie up and gives her the piece of driftwood.


              #51. Movie: When walking down the steps at the radio station, Stevie listens to KAB promo tapes.

              Book: Instead of promos, she listens to a tape from her lawyer she met when he helped handle Marty’s will. According to the lawyer, we learn that there are legal matters with the FCC and a proposal idea by Stevie that need to be worked out. It’s hinted at how Stevie dislikes commercials in the broadcast which could be linked to what the lawyer is talking about.

              #52. Movie: We’re never given a clear reason why Stevie is in Antonio Bay.

              Book: Her lawyer on the tape mentions how she moved from Chicago to there in order to get away from proposed normal routine of selling air time for commercials and how it’s not a format she’s fond of.


              #53 Movie: Following the scene of Stevie arriving at the radio station is the scene of Mrs. Williams and Sandy pulling up to the church to meet with Father Malone.

              Book: It’s the other way around as they meet with Father Malone and then Stevie arrives at the station.


              #54. Movie: The driftwood starts dripping water on the tape player that’s running the KAB promos. Soon after it comes to a halt and a strange voice speaks:

              “...Something that one lives with, like an albatross around the neck...”
              “...No, more like a millstone, a plumb stone, by God...“
              “...Damn them all!”

              The tape then erupts into flames.

              Book: The lawyer’s voice that’s heard on the tape slows down and changes to a different one:

              “...Something that one lives with, like an albatross around the neck...”
              “...No, more like a millstone, a plumb stone, by God...“
              “...Damn them all! They plunder us for our Godless state!”
              “Curse you, Norrys! Can you not hold her steady? See there...!”
              “...There, through the whiteness! It’s a trick! I tell you it is the fire!”
              “...What say? I can’t hear! God, the thundering! The rocks, Norrys! The rocks!”
              “ To port! To port...!”

              The room is detailed as shaking before the driftwood erupts into flames.


              #55. Movie: Andy is shown looking at something when Mrs. Kobritz yells for him to answer the phone when Stevie calls after the driftwood and tape player event.

              Book: Andy is instead asleep and dreaming of the ghostly Davy Jones demanding he give him back his gold.


              #56. Movie: The scene at the bar where Mrs. Williams receives the news about her husband, she tells Nick thank you while he says a mere word or two.

              Book: Nick and Elizabeth are described as driving to the Elizabeth Dane Inn’s bar to look for Mrs. Williams. Once she’s located, he relays findings in regards to the Sea Grass and adds that he’s not sure if he could say what actually happened as he’s not sure.


              #57. Movie: Stevie leaves the driftwood where she placed it even after extinguishing the fire.

              Book: Before Nick calls her, she tosses the driftwood off the radio station and into the rocks below.


              #58. Movie: Nick calls Stevie from the bar and explains who he is and inquires what she meant by the fog.

              Book: She thinks he’s a prank caller which irritates and causes him to get short with her.


              #59. Movie: When we first see the celebration event, nobody has any candles lit.

              Book: When Nick and Elizabeth are driving in Antonio Bay on the way to the bar, they notice folks with candles that are already lit even though Mrs. Williams states that the procedure is to pass them out at the end of the ceremony.


              #60. Movie: After Mrs. Williams leaves the bar to give her speech for the ceremony, Sandy follows her out.

              Book: While Nick is on the phone with Stevie, Elizabeth and Sandy talk to one another while they watch Mrs. Williams give her speech.


              #61. Movie: The celebration statue is unveiled and we can see it’s of a ship.

              Book: It’s said to be a scaled replica of the Elizabeth Dane.


              #62. Movie: Elizabeth’s reasons for leaving Pasadena and why she’s on the move aren’t make exactly clear.

              Book: At one point, Elizabeth thinks to herself how she can’t ever go back to San Diego. Furthermore, it’s something that a man she knew, by the name of Michael whom she felt took her for granted, tried to explain to her as how she always runs away before finding out answers. She recalls him saying “You can run but you can’t hide.”


              #63. Movie: After talking to Nick, Stevie gets a call from Dan with nothing unusual appearing to have happened in between.

              Book: When she hangs up the phone when finished talking to Nick, she notices several peculiar happenings like three prank calls all at the same time and the station’s power fluctuating.
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                #64. Movie: Dan calls Stevie soon after she finishes talking to Nick.

                Book: When done talking to Nick, Stevie calls her house to talk to Andy. Mrs. Kobritz tells her he’s asleep and that it’s best not to wake him when the truth is that she wasn’t sure where he was.


                #65. Movie: Mrs. Kobritz’s first name is never given.

                Book: It’s said to be Annie.



                #66. Movie: Dan arrives at the weather station at night so he can make sure to chat with Stevie.

                Book: Dan’s running late and driving dangerously on Russell Road after drinking a few beers.


                #67. Movie: Mrs. Kobritz and Andy don’t leave the house, but instead stay inside as the fog manages to make it’s way inside.

                Book: Andy had sneaked out to take photos of the starfish underneath the house. Shortly after he notices that the fog had crept up and was surrounding the house before being told to get back inside by Mrs. Kobritz.


                #68. Movie: Nick and Elizabeth change course from the radio station to Russellville Road after they hear Stevie mention the fog heading around that area.

                Book: It’s Russell Road.


                #69. Movie: Nick and Elizabeth leave the weather station in Nick’s truck.

                Book: The truck’s oil pan is busted so they take Dan’s car after hotwiring it. It’s mentioned that the car looks rusted and old due to the high amount of salt in the air.


                #70. Movie: Nick and Elizabeth visit the coroner, Dr. Phibes, who is inspecting the body of Baxter.

                Book: This scene never takes place.


                #71. Movie: Sandy attempts to take Mrs. Williams home, but after hearing Stevie’s broadcast about the fog, they decide to follow her directions and head towards the church while not running into any major problems.

                Book: When driving, the notice all the heavy amounts of fog and witness car windows exploding. Quickly they try to flee from it, but soon after the front left tire blows out. They decide to drive to the church since it’s nearby.


                #72. Movie: Mrs. Kobritz is attacked on the Wayne household’s front porch by ghostly figures with weapons.

                Book: She’s snatched with such force that she’s yanked out of her shoes and tossed into the air like a ragdoll.


                #73. Movie: Nick runs to Andy’s bedroom window, breaks the glass, and pulls him out before the ghostly figures can get to him.

                Book: When trying to pull Andy out of the window, it’s implied that a ghostly figure is holding onto the boy’s foot.



                #74. Movie: Several ghostly figures are in the shots at a time.

                Book: Only one is mentioned as being seen at a time until Andy says he sees 17-20 of them outside the church.


                #75 Movie: Stevie lists several roads, streets, and avenues where the fog is moved to such as Armory which is Chestnut, Regent Avenue, Smallhouse Road, Broad Street, Clay Street, 10th Street, Richardsville Pike, Beacon Hill, Junction 101.

                Book: She does not say Richardsvill Pike, Beacon Hill, Junction 101, and mentions 10th Avenue.


                #76. Movie: Mrs. Williams and Sandy meet Nick, Elizabeth, and Andy in front of the church.

                Book: Nobody is outside so Sandy knocks on the door while Mrs. Williams waits behind her. Sandy becomes impatient that nobody answers and yells out to Father Malone. When doing so, her last name, Fadel, is revealed. Andy opens the door and lets the two inside.


                #77. Movie: The journal Father Malone reads states that the conspirators met on April 20th and that there were six of them although the names were not given.

                Book: The date the six conspirators meet is said to be April 11th. Their last names were said to be Malone, Williams, Wallace, Baxter, O’Bannon, and Kobritz. It’s realized that the ghostly figures have come back for the descendants of the conspirators.


                #78. Movie: Nick is never grabbed by any of the ghostly figures in the church.

                Book: Arms burst through the windows and grab Nick after he obtains the journal. With help from Andy he manages to escape from their clutches.


                #79. Movie: Stevie is attacked by ghostly figures on the radio station’s roof.

                Book: She believes the pounding on the station’s door is a flood of water. She retreats onto the roof, but never encounters any of the ghostly figures.


                #80. Movie: After the fog vanishes, the town is left without electricity and is in darkness.

                Book: The power returns and lights shine all over the town.


                #81. Movie: The fog vanishes and the last we see of Andy, Mrs. Williams, Sandy, are outside of the church.

                Book: Mrs. Williams, Sandy, and Andy decide to leave and head for the radio station to find Stevie.


                #82. Movie: Nick is last seen standing outside the church.

                Book: Before leaving with Elizabeth, Nick thinks back to the message of how six must die and tries to persuade Father Malone to leave the church with them. He refuses and Nick states he’ll stop back by in the evening.


                #83. Movie: Blake appears in the final scene and swings his sword at Father Malone. Before the attack can connect, the screen cuts to black.

                Book: Blake’s sword decapitates Father Malone.


                #84. Movie: Several ghostly figures carry weapons.

                Book: The only ghostly figure to carry a weapon is Blake.
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