The Mist (2007)

Directed by: Frank Darabont (obviously, watch The Shawshank Redemption and he was mostly responsible for the tone of the first season of “The Walking Dead”)

Written by: Darabont adapted Stephen King’s novella for the screen

Starring: Thomas Jane, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Marcia Gay Harden, William Sadler, Frances Sternhagen, Alexa Davalos, Chris Owen, Melissa McBride, and Sam Witwer.  If you’ve watched “The Walking Dead” at all, you’ll recognise a lot of their faces, but probably not their names.

What it’s about: a freak storm occurs and the next day, a township is enveloped with a strange mist containing Things, leaving many townspeople trapped inside a supermarket

B-Movie Alternate Title: it doesn’t get much more B-movieier than The Mist unless you added “The Things Inside” to the beginning of the title

Movie Mash Up: The Fog + some of the cast of The Shawshank Redemption + the creatures of Land of the Lost, I dunno, it’s kind of a pulp B-movie, so fans of the genre would probably be able to pick more appropriate films

What I liked: oh man, that ending.  Wow.  Even in 2007, I couldn’t believe a movie would be greenlit by a studio with THAT ending.  Great ensemble cast, decent enough special effects, totally embraces its B-movieness but with weight, this is no Troma film.  It is at least the equal of the novella it was adapted from.

What I disliked: well you’re supposed to absolutely hate Marcia Gay Harden’s character, and I did, so that’s a complimentary dislike.  Even though they were just regular citizens, some of the actions of theirs just seemed beyond belief stupid.  Yes, lights attract things… THINGS too.  The ending is awesome, but having watched it multiple times it borders on overload, like Darth Vader’s “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo” in Revenge of the Sith.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Yes, although it is a dark and – at some points – deeply troubling film, everyone should watch it to see that ending, just so maybe – just mmmmmmaybe – they could open themselves up to being shocked by the conclusion of a movie again.

Rating: 4 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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