The Fog, 1979

Director

John Carpenter

Cast

visit the film locations

Visiting: Point Reyes

Point Reyes Lighthouse. To reach the Point Reyes Lighthouse from Highway 1, head west on Bear Valley Road from Olema or west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from Point Reyes Station. In Point Reyes Station, the turnoff from Highway 1 is located at the Green Bridge on the south end of town. The driving time from Point Reyes Station or Olema is about 40 minutes.


Trivia

John Carpenter returned to Point Reyes Station for his not-too-successful 1995 remake of Village of the Damned.

Rupert Wainwright’s much-reviled 2005 remake of The Fog was filmed Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Fog location: Point Reyes Lighthouse, northern California

The Fog location: the fogbound lighthouse: Point Reyes Lighthouse, northern California

John Carpenter wanted to follow the runaway success of Halloween with a good, old-fashioned ghost story, but audience expectations led to the last minute addition of extra gore.

The director triumphs over the minuscule budget with imagination and widescreen bravura, as the long-drowned crew of a wrecked ship return to the California coastal town of ‘Port Antonio’ wreak whatever it is the undead wreak best. Usually havoc.

It was filmed on the damp and, yes, misty northern California coast and – surprisingly – also around Los Angeles.

The town of ‘Port Antonio’ itself is Point Reyes Station in Marin County, on Highway 1 north of San Francisco. The unveiling of the statue of the town’s founders is at Farm House Restaurant and Bar, 10005 Highway One, Olema (which used to be Jerry’s Farm House restaurant), a couple of miles south of Point Reyes Station. It’s on Bear Valley Road, running north from Olema, that Elizabeth Solley (Jamie Lee Curtis) hitches a lift into town.

The beachfront house is a little to the north, on the coast of Tomales Bay at Inverness.

The Fog location: Episcopal Church of the Ascension, East Laurel Avenue, Sierra Madre, California

The Fog location: the fogbound church: Episcopal Church of the Ascension, East Laurel Avenue, Sierra Madre, California

The lighthouse home of radio station KAB, in ‘Spivey Point’, is the 1870 Point Reyes Lighthouse., down a long and narrow road from the town of Port Reyes Station. And once you arrive, there are 300 precipitous steps down to the light itself (so remember the return journey).

The dockside is alongside the Tides Inn at Bodega Bay, the famous location for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Many of the interiors were filmed on the Raleigh Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood (including John Houseman’s beach prologue), so some of the locations were filmed around Los Angeles too – the ‘Antonio Bay Gift Corner’ is Laurel Canyon Country Store, 108 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, just north of Riverside Drive in North Hollywood, and the gas station is also in the San Fernando Valley.

To find the church of Father Malone (Hal Holbrook), you need to head east of Los Angeles to Sierra Madre. It’s the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 25 East Laurel Avenue at North Baldwin Avenue, just north of Sierra Madre Boulevard.

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