It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend some classic viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Fog.

A curse returns to a haunt a sleepy coastal town in director John Carpenter’s atmospheric horror flick from 1980.

On Antonio Bay’s 100th birthday, a mysterious glowing fog rolls in, shrouding ghostly pirates with an old score to settle. When the supernatural nature of the mist becomes apparent and the body count begins to rise, local radio personality Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau) warns the town, “There’s something in the fog.” But as the night draws on, the miasma of death claims more victims, leading to a corker of a climax.

Carpenter reunited with Jamie Lee Curtis following her debut in Halloween, casting her alongside real-life mum and Psycho star Janet Leigh, and assembled a strong supporting cast in Barbeau, Tom Atkins and the late Hal Holbrook. The Fog is often lost in the shadow of Carpenter classics like Halloween and The Thing, but ranks amongst the best of the director’s work.

Four reasons why The Fog rocks:

1.  Mr. Machen’s campfire story.

2. Stevie Wayne, “your night light”.

3. The fog traps Andy and Mrs. Kobritz.

4. Carpenter’s moody score.

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.