John Carpenter’s The Fog To Hit Theaters for Halloween

Don't get misty-eyed, John Carpenter's The Fog is coming back and it's been restored so you can see it.

“Lock your doors. Bolt your windows. There’s something in The Fog,” the original ads from John Carpenter’s mist-erious classic horror film from 1980. Forget that atmospheric density doesn’t care about locks and bolts, the first-ever major restoration of the nebulous terror The Fog will be unleashed on October 26 by New York based Rialto Pictures.

The Fog rolls in on Antonio Bay. The seaside California town finds itself “in the grips of an ancient curse and a creeping mist,” according to the official synopsis. “Drenched in malevolent atmosphere.”

The film has been out of theatrical release for years due to faded, unplayable prints. Studiocanal’s restoration was done by Dean Cundey (Escape From New York, Back To The Future I-III, Apollo 13, Romancing The Stone), who deftly captured both the “daylight beauty of the Point Reyes shore and the ghostly goings-on in the dark, eerie night.”

The Fog has been our most requested title for as long as we have handled the Studiocanal library here,” Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto’s director of sales, said in a statement. “It is Carpenter’s most visually alluring film and we think it’s been worth the wait.”

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The Fog was Carpenter’s first film after Halloween , and the first time he would explore H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic visions in films like The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987), servicing a contemporary taste for gore while simultaneously evoking the spirit of Val Lewton. The film stars Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and the mother-daughter duo of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis.  

The Fog‘s 4K restoration opens October 26 for limited runs at the Metrograph, in New York, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Additional screenings will occur during the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.