Monday, November 30, 2015

The Fog (1980)

Ahoy, maties!  It's the 21st of April and the sleepy coastal town of Antonio Bay is preparing for its centennial celebration as a series of mysterious events unfold after an unearthly fog sweeps in.  Turns out the town has a curse on it (don't they all?) Blake and his men seek revenge after their boat was deliberately crashed a hundred years ago to prevent a leper colony being established nearby.  As the evening festivities get underway, the fog rolls in again and begins to wreak havoc.  Stevie Wayne, the town's only disc jockey, uses the power of the airwaves to guide residents to safety.  Blake retrieves his gold and after Father Malone loses his head, it's even stevie's :-)   

The Fog is another classic from John Carpenter and one of my top 5 films of all time.  A ghost story that brings Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis together on screen (although only for a few minutes) with good atmosphere, scenic locations, and an ominous score.  If only we found out why Antonio Bay beats Chicago.  

The Fog was filmed in Pt. Reyes Station, Inverness, Bodega Bay, Sierra Madre and Hollywood, CA

I visited these locations in November ’11 and just recently in November of ’15.  I went straight from the airport to get there before they closed the gate to walk down to the lighthouse at 4:30.  I made it with literally five seconds to spare.  If you haven’t been, I highly recommend being there at sunset.  It’s really a spectacular sight to see.

Location: The Fog Title Card
Address: 27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA

It was recently pointed out to me that this is not the correct location.  Stinson Beach, which is a bit south of Pt. Reyes Beach, is the actual location with a curvier shoreline.  Since it's a nice view, I'll leave it as a placeholder until I get back to the area.



Location: Antonio Bay Market
Address: 2108 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles    Canyon Country Store




Don't buy the OJ!

Location: Antonio Bay Church
Address: 25 East Laurel Ave, Sierra Madre, CA      Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Location: The Gas Station
Address: 12786 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Inverness, CA

Just across the street is a building briefly seen when the woman yells at her cat, though it looks like the left side has undergone some renovations...

Location: Nick Picks Up Elizabeth
Address: Bear Valley Rd, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

This road is just north of the Olema Farm House Bar/Restaurant where the procession was filmed. The exact location where Elizabeth is picked up is not known...

Location: Andy Finds the Driftwood
Address: Drake's Beach, Inverness, CA

Drake's Beach is about 4 miles before you reach the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse...

Location: Stevie Wayne's House
Address: Sir Francis Drake Blvd just before Argyle St, Inverness, CA

Location: The Dock
Address: 800 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA

This is part of the Tides Restaurant, which was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963)...

Location: Sandy & Mrs. Williams Driving
Address: Just after 12718 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Inverness, CA

Thanks to Paul H for locating this...

Location: The Antonio Bay Candlelight Procession
Address: 1005 CA-1, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

Location: The Drive to The Antonio Bay Lighthouse
Address: Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA

I was not as thorough back in '11 as I am now and I was in a rush to get to the lighthouse this time, so I don't think I got the exact locations that I know some other people have, but here are some shots anyway.



Location: The Antonio Bay Lighthouse
Address: 27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA    Pt. Reyes Lighthouse


The long haul back...


Another long haul back...

Location: The Bar
Address: 1005 CA-1, Pt. Reyes Station, CA    Olema Farm House


The pay phone was somewhere around here.


Location: Nick & Elizabeth Encounter The Fog
Address: 11315 CA-1, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

Location: Sandy & Mrs. Williams Encounter The Fog
Address: 11201 CA-1, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

Location: The Road To The Church
Address: 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA

This is just across the street from Stevie Wayne's house...

Some funky orange moss.


The orange moss is gone now...

Locations Visited: November 2011, November 2015, March 2016, October 2018

Maybe one of these are the Sea Grass...

Over the years, I've met a few of the cast and crew and horror conventions...

John Carpenter (Director)

Adrienne Barbeau (Stevie)

Jamie Lee Curtis (Elizabeth)

Tom Atkins (Nick)

Nancy Loomis (Sandy)

Charles Cyphers (Dan)


  1. "Get through the speeches without yawning" is on Sir Francis Drake Blvd (the exact location looks to be at 38.092582, -122.846517)

    Bing Street View gives a better comparison as their images are taken from the same side of the road as the film.

  2. Thanks, Mr. H! I knew I could rely on you!

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  4. Off to SF next year and using your page as a guide for a day out location spotting. Thank you so much for putting this info up.

  5. So awesome! My favorite movie... I wish you would had pics of the gas station.