The Fog (1980) Movie Poster

Goofs from The Fog (1980)

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  • When the fog cuts the telephone communication between KAB and the sheriff, the lines shown as being cut are actually the power lines, not the telephone cable.
  • When Stevie hears the driftwood speak in her studio, it is 5:35. When it bursts into flames and she starts to put the fire out, it is 5:40. When she is done, it is 5:35 again.
  • When one of the sailors peers out of the ship's window for a fog bank in the background, the superimposed fog appears over the edges of the window.
  • Elizabeth takes off her gloves when she first gets into Nick's truck near the beginning of the film. When the windshield shatters and Nick is struggling to control the truck, she is wearing the gloves again in a few very quick shots.
  • When Nick (at the bar) is on the phone with Stevie telling her about the SeaGrass, there is a cutaway to the lighthouse. To the left you can see a crew member motioning for more fog, and then more fog rolls by him.
  • As Father Malone flips through his ancestor's journal, you can momentarily see obscenities unrelated to the story written on the preceding page.
  • When we hear Stevie say, "It's 1:00," we are looking at Nick's clock radio. His clock says 1:40.
  • When Nick and Elizabeth go to the dock to meet The Seagrass the weather is overcast and looks like its going to rain. In the very next shot we see Mrs Williams and her assistant organizing the 100th anniversary of Antonio Bay and it is clear blue skies and looks very much like a summer day.
  • In the coroner's office, Elizabeth's hair is shorter than it is in the rest of the movie, and she's wearing sneakers as opposed to her boots.
  • The light used to illuminate the inside of Nick's truck is visible on the dashboard when the truck turns to go to the weather station.
  • As the ghosts break through the windows in the church, some of the mutton bars break away but not the glass between them. Instead of being made up of separate panes as those of that period would be, they seem to be solid sheets.
  • When Andy Wayne finds the piece of wood in the surf on the rocks it is soaking wet but when he picks it up and takes it away it is bone dry.
  • After having picked up Elizabeth, the windows of Nick's truck break. The glass is clearly window pane glass, not security glass used in cars.
  • In a few scenes, Dan the local weatherman is tracking the fog bank on his weather radar, and giving reports. Weather radars have never been able to detect fog. Today's most powerful state-of-the-art NEXRAD radars are sensitive enough to detect bugs, birds, and smoke plumes, but still not fog.
  • When Father Malone finds what's left of Blake's gold melted down into a cross, he lifts it up and offers it to him. But solid gold is very heavy; he would never be able to lift that cross like that.
  • When Elizabeth & Nick are riding along in the truck after he first picks her up, we see the glass in the windows begin to smash inward. One can briefly see the object used to break the glass before each smash.
  • When Stevie brings the piece of the ship The Elizabeth Dane to work, it begins to leak water toward her cassette recorder and the recorded voice slows down. But the recording begins to slow down before the water even touches the machine.
  • When Sandy and Mrs. Williams are driving to see Father Malone, it is sunny and clear outside. As they drive up a hill, the day is suddenly cloudy. Then, when they arrive at the church it is sunny and clear again.
  • A Ford Country squire station wagon has its headlight doors open, which would be true if the lights were on, but they are not. For no apparent reason, in the next scene, the headlight doors are closed.
  • Antonio Bay is set in California, the West Coast, but throughout the movie characters reference the fog as moving west, toward the town - sometimes against a due east wind. That would mean the fog was actually moving away from the coast, not toward it.
  • When Nick & the group are at the church near the end of the film, Nick grabs Father Malone's whiskey bottle and smashes it. Whiskey is shown soaking one of the pews. A few minutes later, the same pew is shown again and the pew is perfectly dry. The amount of broken glass has changed as well.
  • On board the Sea Grass Nick tells Elizabeth the story of how his father found a "Gold Doubloon, minted in Spain, 1867," on another ghost ship. However, the last Gold Doubloons minted in Spain were in 1849.
  • Despite both the front windshield and the rear window being broken out on Tom's pickup truck, the wind doesn't cause the characters's hair to blow, regardless of the speed.
  • The cross of gold would have been far too heavy for the priest to move, much less carry. The cross appears to be roughly 2-4 cubic feet of gold. ONE cubic foot of gold weighs 1,206 pounds. The would weigh between 1-2 TONS and would, again, be far too heavy to lift.
  • When Kathy asks Father Malone the time he read the diary, the position of her left arm changes between shots.
  • When Andy runs on the beach to find the gold coin, footprints from previous takes are visible.
  • A small (pull-start) power generator of the size that Adrienne Barbeau's character starts after the radio station/light house loses power would never be able to run a radio station's transmitter. Even a small regional station in this time period would have used vacuum tube radio equipment that consumed far more power than a small generator like the one that was shown could ever supply.
  • When the Weatherman calls the radio station and says that radar shows a trawler about 15 miles out and ID's it as "The Seagrass". Weather radars operate with the beam elevated one-half degree. This means that the farther away from the radar the higher the beams elevation. At the 15 miles stated the beam would be at 800 feet. Thus it would be very unlikely to show the ship. Also, weather radar cannot ID the name of a ship or it's see it's type.
  • Shortly before the driftwood with the letters DANE starts to leak water, a shot of the cassette recorder is shown where the water is already seen and moving.
  • When Nick opens the door after the ghosts knocked, the grandfather clock starts to strike 1am. The chimes heard are from the Westminster chime which is a 4/4 chime and uses clockworks with three key holes in the dial. The clock shown has only two.
  • when at the beginning of the movie, the bells strike midnight, according to Mr Machen it's the 21st of April. In the German translation Mr Machen says it's April 22nd. The translation is also otherwise inaccurate, e.g. he speaks of the sunken ship "her lungs filled with water and her eyes staring into the sea" when in the original it's the crew.
  • Stevie announces the time of 12:43 AM and then plays a song. During the next few minutes, the scene changes to Nick and Elizabeth. When the ghost knocks at their door and Nick opens it, he is saved by Stevie on the radio saying it's 1 AM. But the song is still the same, having continuously played for only 3 minutes.
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