The Fog

The Fog (1980)

20 mistakes - chronological order

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Continuity mistake: While Father Malone is drinking his wine you can still see the cork laying on the table. He finally gets up to try to catch Bennett before he leaves and the cork has mysteriously put itself back into the bottle. (00:05:00 - 00:05:45)


Continuity mistake: The scene where they show the gas station's nozzle, while it is mounted on the pump has a trigger. When the nozzle falls to the ground, even in the position that the camera is filming it, the trigger should still be visible, due to the fact that one should still be able to see the tip end of the trigger protruding through the opening at the bottom of the nozzle, thus allowing the automatic trigger holder to come in to contact with it. However, the trigger is no longer present. (00:10:15)


Continuity mistake: After the glass breaks all around the pick-up truck the camera gives you the viewpoint of the two riders looking through (what used to be) the front windshield. Initially, there are many shards of glass still sticking in the frame. When the two riders look through again there is less glass in the frame. (00:14:00)


Revealing mistake: When one of the sailors peers out of the circular window and sees the fog bank you can see the window has not been lined up properly with the superimposed fog as the two collide at the right edge. The film then cuts away to the sailors and then back to the window again and this error has been fixed. (00:16:30)

Jack Vaughan

Visible crew/equipment: When Dan (the weatherman) calls Stevie to tell her the fog bank has shifted direction there is a shot inside the weather station where the camera moves in slowly on Dan and you can see its shadow on the equipment it passes by. (00:20:35)

Jack Vaughan

Continuity mistake: The land mass where Ty first spots the gold coin is different from the area he picks it up at. During the first camera shot watch the waves coming in. The waves do not even go over the coin. Stick around to watch some poor film editing because you can see the coin turn into a board just before a wave covers the coin. (00:24:45 - 00:25:50)


Visible crew/equipment: At Stevie's house, when Mrs Kobritz comes in with shopping, she tells Andy to answer the telephone and the shadow of the camera/operator is visible on the wall (behind the plant) as it moves to follow Andy to the telephone. (00:45:21)

Jack Vaughan

Visible crew/equipment: At the bar, Nick says to Liz "I'll be right back" and there is an immediate cut to the front of the lighthouse. Just before the fog begins to roll in you can see a crew member on the left side of screen moving around. It looks like he was signalling for the fog to be poured in. (00:53:24)

Jack Vaughan

Revealing mistake: When Nick stops his car and turns it around and goes down a different road (after the fog update from the lighthouse over the radio) you can see the large light attached to his car's dashboard used to illuminate it. (00:56:37)

Jack Vaughan

Continuity mistake: When the windows on Nick's truck are smashed, Elizabeth has protective gloves on when she covers her face from the glass, they are then gone when the truck comes to a halt.

Audio problem: When the zombie guys are breaking the windows at the church, you can hear multiple pieces of glass hit the ground even though almost no pieces fall.

Plot hole: When the fog finally hits the lighthouse and is seeping in, the generator is hardly audible vs. how loud it was when it was first started.

Deliberate mistake: When Jamie Lee is picked up hitch hiking, the view out the front windshield, while pulling over to pick her up, is identical when they pull over moments later after all the windows are shattering.

Factual error: A solid gold cross of the size used in the film would weigh more than what any human could hold in front of them (nearly 200kg), much less as "easily" as the priest did at the end of the movie.

Revealing mistake: The door to the weather observatory shows that it is a set by the lack of a complete door frame at the bottom which would let rain and other elements in under it.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie there is a shot showing the setting sun in the distance even though it's supposed to be just after midnight.

Continuity mistake: There are two shots of the sun setting in the distance but at completely opposite ends of town.

Continuity mistake: When Stevie puts the piece of driftwood down on top of the tape rack water is already moving along on the table even though the water hasn't begun dripping from the driftwood.

Character mistake: When the second fog bank rolls in, the weatherman says it is coming from the south-east, and the DJ says the same thing once; the second time, however, she says the south-west.


Stevie Wayne: I don't know what happened to Antonio Bay tonight. Something came out of the fog and tried to destroy us. In one moment, it vanished. But if this has been anything but a nightmare, and if we don't wake up to find ourselves safe in our beds, it could come again. To the ships at sea who can hear my voice, look across the water, into the darkness. Look for the fog.

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Trivia: Writer-Director John Carpenter appears in the film as Bennett, Father Malone's assistant, at the beginning of the movie.

Jack Vaughan

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Question: Who are the 6 people that died?

Answer: The three men in the boat, at the beginning of the movie, the local radio weatherman Dan, the babysitter Mrs. Kobritz and Father Malone.

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