This classic from John Carpenter is a notch below his true masterpieces, but it's still a really good and atmospheric ghost story. A town on the north coast of California has mysterious and tragic past involving a shipwreck 100 years ago. A strange glowing fog rolls into town, and zombie pirates keep lunging out of the mist to skewer people.
The biggest strength of the movie is the cinematography—the mix of shadows and mist create a great spooky sense of place in the tiny coastal town. You almost feel like it could be the coast of Maine, it feels so desolate. The cast is also very strong, with a great cameo in the prologue by John Houseman (telling a ghost story to some kids at a camp fire), Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, and Hal Holbrook.
The only bummer here is that the cast isn't given as much to work with as I'd have liked. At only 89 minutes, and with much of that time spent on setting tone and mood with scenery shots, there's very little chance for character development. That's too bad—I think this could have been bumped up into the ranks of Carpenter's best films if he stretched it to 2 hours. The climactic battle inside an old church, in particular, feels rushed and unsatisfying.