Every John Carpenter Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

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 Every John Carpenter Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

After nailing the slasher movie (before the genre was even really cemented, no less) with Halloween in 1978, Carpenter and his creative partner Debra Hill (whose contributions to some of his best work can never be overstated) turned to ghost stories for their next feature film. The result was The Fog, directed by Carpenter and co-written by Carpenter and Hill, who also produced. 

The Fog is, in many ways, a classic vengeful spirit story, documenting the supernatural terrors that befall the town of Antonio Bay on its 100th anniversary. The date also happens to be the 100th anniversary of a great injustice upon which the town was founded. While the vengeful spirit side of things is a bit formulaic, Carpenter knocks it out of the park with the atmospherics. 

From the opening minutes of the film, in which paranormal events start slowly creeping into town ahead of the fog, to the terrifying climax featuring a band of rotting ghosts in a church, The Fog is a beautifully shot small-town nightmare with a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Hal Halbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and Jamie Lee Curtis. It doesn’t quite have Halloween‘s energy, but it shows Carpenter and Hill maturing as horror storytellers, and is a masterpiece in its own right.

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