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(1980), R [R*] (1hr 26min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
October 17, 2005
37 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(1980), R [R*] -- Even though it is a 1980 film it earned its R ratting.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): AVCO Embassy Pictures, EDI
Distribution (US): AVCO Embassy Pictures, MGM Home Entertainment
Director(s): John Carpenter
Producer(s): Barry Bernardi, Charles B. Bloch, Pegi Brotman, Debra Hill
Written by: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Cundey
Music: John Carpenter
Film Editing: Charles Bornstein, Tommy Lee Wallace
Production Design: Tommy Lee Wallace
Art Direction: Craig Stearns
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

The main purpose of this special analysis of the R-rated 1980 version of The Fog is to provide a comparison of it with the 2005 version of The Fog rated PG-13.

With a final score of 37 out of 100 the 1980 R-rated version earned a much less severe score than the 2005 PG-13 version which earned a final score of 6 out of 100. Since this revelation is borne of the same analysis model under the same investigation standards and the same equations, the same methodology and even the same investigator, I would say this information is quite revealing of the decaying standards of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). It was well that the finding of the Harvard University agreed with ours even though the Harvard finding of 2004 came a full four years after our finding of 2000. The following data display comparative says it all in a compact package.

On April 21, 1880, precisely 100 years, ago the entire compliment of lepers on the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane were murdered. The six men who were to establish Antonio Bay in northern California set a campfire on the beach to lure the Elizabeth Dane on to the rocks just off Spivey Point. All on board the Elizabeth Dane were sent to a dark, icy grave.

Rich man Blake (Rob Bottin), the leader of a leper colony on Tanzier Island, had entered a contract with the Antonio Bay founders to move the colony from its island home to a location only one mile from Antonio Bay.

It was a very lucrative deal for the financially weak founders. But having a leper colony so near Antonio Bay was unbearably repulsive to them. Second thoughts became first. How to solve the dilemma of needing the money so desperately but as desperately fearing the lepers so near to the town? The founders calculated that the Elizabeth Dane would be heavy with Blake's gold and that should the small clipper ship fail to navigate the waters off Spivey point, all the founders' problems would be solved.

The murderous town fathers decided to serve their fears and kill all aboard the Elizabeth Dane and take the gold. Starting a bright campfire on the beach by Spivey Point would do nicely to serve as a false navigation light to lure the Elizabeth Dane to her death. As the Elizabeth Dane was being ripped apart on the rocks, as the screams of the souls aboard her sliced into the night air, a soup-thick fog appeared to smother the sins. And as quickly as the fog appeared, it disappeared with the last scream. The fog took with it more than screams.

As told by fishermen of old and new, if the fog returned it would bring back the murdered men of the Elizabeth Dane who would exact fatal revenge on the descendants of the founders of Antonio Bay.

Today, the descendants of the town fathers and all the townspeople prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Antonio Bay. As the hour of the celebration draws near, as predicted by the fishermen's tales an unnatural glowing fog appeared off the coast of Antonio Bay. Even as the Chinook winds blew to the West the fog still proceeded unfettered Eastward to Antonio Bay.

In its path to Antonio Bay the evil fog from 100 years ago swallowed the Seagrass. The three men on board: Al Williams (John F. Goff); Dick Baxter (James Canning); Tommy Wallace (George 'Buck' Flower) died brutal deaths as cutlasses and seahooks ripped through the thick night air ... and flesh ... as the fog deposited the walking dead of the Elizabeth Dane in its path.

A 12:04 AM April 21, 1980 things start to happen. Things that cannot be explained. Unnatural things. Lights coming on by themselves. A chair moving by itself. Car horns and headlights coming on by themselves. A car hoist lifting a car with no hoist operator. A gasoline pump nozzle falls and spews gasoline. Store shelves shake and hanging things break loose.

In the meantime, Nicholas 'Nick' Castle (Tom Atkins) picks up hitchhiker Elizabeth Solley (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she tries to escape whatever it was she was trying to escape by going to Vancouver. Soon after Nick picks up Elizabeth, unnatural and inexplicable things start to happen. By an unseen force, the windows in Nick's truck explode in a shower of broken glass as his headlights flicker and the radio sputters at 12:12. From that time, everything comes unglued.

This is not a "tame" film, mom/dad. Even though it is a 1980 film it earned its R ratting. Though no private parts are seen there is implication of intercourse as Nick and Elizabeth are seen in bed together, him dressed in a t-shirt with the blankets covering the rest of him and she completely covered except for her shoulders. Her upper gender-specific anatomy are shown about the same as an evening gown or prom dress would show. There is no touching, making out or other motions or actions of sexual intimacy. [Rev. 2:14]

While there are only 6 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, there are 6 too many for clean entertainment. [Col. 3:8] While all three uses of God's name in vain are without the three/four letter word vocabulary [Deut. 5:11], this film is heavy in drinking and drunkenness [Rom. 13:13] as well as in issues of violent and invasive events such as killing with blades ... graphically. [Prov. 16:29, 1 Cor. 15:33] Though no gore to speak of is seen, a cutlass piercing bloodlessly though a man's body as well as motions of thrusting a large pick repeatedly into another man's body, again with no blood, plus moulage of a man's eyes gouged out, though without blood, are gory enough.

The strongest presences of assaults on morality and decency in The Fog (1980) are many portrayals of unholy and inexplicable events and evil demonic walking dead men ghosts with only one intent -- to kill.

Please inspect in detail the listing of direct observations in the Findings/Scoring section of this report before you ponder whether to rent this film.

PS: John Carpenter at 31 years old (that would make him 56 today) makes a cameo appearance as Bennett, a laborer at the local church. And Debra Hill appears briefly at the Benediction scene.


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  • Rev. 2:14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. [Though this film may be considered "lite" in sexual immorality in comparison to films of this decade, this film has it. That we can put sexual immorality in film and the people flock to it speaks of our status as a modern Balaam.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting [orgies, revelry] and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be the one on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can encourage aggression in the viewer, especially youth.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    The Fog (1980) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • tale of murderous deceit to children
  • explosive startle
  • mutilated corpse falling on woman
  • gore, repeatedly, some light
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • ghost attack, repeatedly
  • stalking to kill
  • threat with sword
  • impalement with hook, offensive and defensive

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • teen grocery night worker stealing drink from bottle then returning the bottle to the store shelf
  • lie
  • child arrogance at mother
  • child defiance of baby-sitter's instruction, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • adulterous talk
  • man and woman in bed ostensibly after intercourse, no nudity or touching
  • rude sexual comment
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • offer of a drink to keep warm
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • unholy/inexplicable events, repeatedly, frequent
  • reference to witchcraft
  • light references to numerology
  • glowing fog, repeatedly, frequent
  • ghost ship, repeatedly
  • demon ghosts, repeatedly
  • unholy resurrection
  • glowing eyes, repeatedly
  • submission to unholy power

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • graphic murder by blade, hook and spike, no gore, repeatedly
  • unseen murder
  • murder by choking
  • murder hidden by fog with sounds
  • beheading murder (severing unseen)

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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