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08

Movies on DVD Review: The Mist

The Mist poster

Best. Horror. Movie. Ever.

Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, and William Sadler. Directed by Frank Darabont. Based on the story by Stephen King.

This Darabont likes people being held captive, doesn’t he?

“The Mist” is about a small New England town (where King’s stuff always happens) that is taken over by a mist that comes from the lake. The setting for much of the story is the Food House supermarket where artist David Drayton (Jane) and his son, along with lawyer/neighbor Brent Norton (Braugher), new teacher Amanda Dunfrey (Holden), mechanic Jim Grondin (Sadler), and others are holed-up while the mist surrounds them. After a tentacled “something” drags Norm (Chris Owens) into the mist (“lunchtime”), sides are chosen and the pressure builds. Will the mist clear? Will they make it out alive?

What I really enjoyed about this movie was that it was about the true nature of horror: the psychology of personalities in conflict. Drayton doesn’t want to lead, but he’s the only one who is seemingly “sane.” Ollie (Jones) goes from being a “nobody” to answering the “heroic call-to-action.” But, there is the other side of the coin as well: Brent doesn’t believe in the “creatures” that Drayton talks about, and decides to lead a group of people in the mist. And there’s Mrs. Carmody (Harden), a god-fearing religious fear-monger who begins converting others in the store, one after another, to the “fact” that she is a “vessel”; a psychic tuned into God’s Wrath.

I will also give credit to Greg Nicotero, who helped create the monsters for “The Mist.” One looks like a dragonfly mated with a scorpion that can “shoot” a string from its tail that will burn through anything. There’s also a spider that looks like it was mated with a porcupine that has the same type of “string.”

And yes, Frank Darabont did a great job. This is easily one of the best horror movies of the past decade. While “Shawshank” and “Green Mile” may get more press and interest, that doesn’t make this any less of a movie. I really wish that I had seen this in theaters…

Of note I watched this film 3 times this past weekend; once for myself, and twice with friends. I do recommend seeing it if you’re into the “terror” part of horror movies. Yes, there is some gore, blood, and violence, but this is horror done correctly. Also, I watched it in black and white, with the introduction where Darabont goes on about offering the initial color version, and the same in b&w. I like both.

Either way, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for a good hour.

My grade: A.

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1 Response to “Movies on DVD Review: The Mist”


  1. April 2, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    the Mist is a thinker for sure, pretty good all around; too bad a lot of the character conflict was really predictable…

    is it me, or did those insect-like aliens have human teeth?

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