Thursday, April 21, 2011

"The Fog" Ghost Ship Day!


Today is Ghost Ship Day being hosted by The Misadventures of HalloweeNut, one of my very favorite Halloween-lovers bloggers.

In honor of the 31st anniversary for "The Fog" (one of my all time favs), I'm going to tell you about the location for the movie.

I saw the movie when it came out (yes, I'm that old!) My first thought was "I want that job!" The character of Stevie Wayne the DJ in the lighthouse was a dream job, dream location! Every time they showed her walking to work, I'd think--is that real? Where is that?

Much of the movie was filmed throughout California's coastlines including the famous Bodega Bay ("The Birds") but the lighthouse was an actual lighthouse, Point Reyes. This wasn't a random site either. It is the windiest and foggiest place in America and can be found in the San Francisco Bay.

The star of the movie (the lighthouse) went up into operation in 1870. It utilized a different and very unusual light that could cut through the fog with its ability to refract the light rays and intensify them.

During the infamous 1906 earthquake the lighthouse and its peninsula moved 18 feet in one minute!

The lighthouse now offers tours. I tell you, just to walk that walkway and be photographed there would be about all I need!

Go here to learn more about the locations used in the movie. It's a classic and I hate the remake. Long live John Carpenter's movies!

13 comments:

  1. I love old lighthouses. We have a number of them on the Oregon coast and they all have quite a feel to them.

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  2. I believe it's Heceta Head that intrigues me the most. I have it on my lists of "must stay there's."

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  3. This movie was the beginning of the end for my fiancee and myself. She could not stand my taste in movies. I moved to another town to finish my degree and she decided not to wait for me. lol

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  4. Okay, I'm assuming that movie was something you loved, right? Because you have amazing taste, Barry. Apparently, she did not. You are so much better for finding that out. Let's celebrate the movie making you both come to your senses and come out of the fog.

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  5. Thanks for being a part of this little blog walk, Autumn!

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  6. HN;
    You have brilliant taste in horror, my friend!

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  7. Absolutely love your blog, and John Carpenter.

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  8. Thanks OTW;
    HalloweeNut's idea to commemorate "The Fog" really had me thinking about other movies I'd love to honor for what they did to the horror genre, so except that to be coming up soon. My commenters often spark great ideas for posts!

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  9. I am old enough to remember "The Fog" too. In fact, my parents and their crazy biker friends had a bbq party at the local drive in theater when it came out. Back then it was always a triple feature, and I think "Caveman" with Ringo Starr and a Cheech and Chong flick were the other two movies that night. I didn't really understand it (I was 7), but my siblings and I huddled under the blankets on the roof of the car during alot of scenes.

    It's good to see the lighthouse is still there after all these years though!

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  10. Your parents sound like a freaking blast! I was like 17. I was just in love with it more than Halloween.

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  11. I liked "The Fog" for a couple of reasons. (Anyone who's seen the movie might be able to guess why)

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  12. The nice set of lighthouse lights???

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  13. i love that movie too!

    we're going to orlando, fl this summer and i'm gonna try to visit st. augustine's light house. i'll keep my fingers crossed.

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