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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Mist

The Mist is a movie about a catastrophic event in a small town and how quickly such an incident will cause society to crumble. The special effects were outstanding, the acting better than average and the plot was very intriguing. It had the makings to be a truly great movie…until the end. The last few minutes of the movie, had me sitting on the edge of the couch saying, “no, no, no, no.” and then when the big surprise came, I jumped to my feet and shouted, “you’ve got to be kidding me! That sucks!”

So, be warned if you watch this, you will not walk away with a warm and fuzzy. Having said that, it’s still worth watching as it was a very entertaining movie.


The Mist (also known as Stephen King's The Mist), is a 2007 American horror film based on the 1980 novella The Mist by Stephen King. The film is written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Stephen King's work and had been interested in adapting The Mist for the big screen since the 1980s. With an ensemble cast including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, and Andre Braugher, Darabont began filming The Mist in Shreveport, Louisiana in February 2007. The director revised the ending of the film to be darker than the novella's ending, a change to which Stephen King was amicable. Unique creature designs were also sought to differ from creatures in past films. The Mist was commercially released in the United States and Canada on November 21, 2007.

After a vicious storm wreaks havoc in their small town in Maine, artist David Drayton (Thomas Jane) heads out to the town supermarket for some much-needed supplies with his young son, Billy (Nathan Gamble), and his neighbor, Norton (Andre Braugher), in tow. Their trip soon turns to terror when a menacing white mist settles in, leaving this group of locals and out-of-towners fighting for survival against an unknown, bloodthirsty enemy. When the local religious zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) begins to convince the group that the mist is punishment from God, Drayton and his cohorts realize that they may be trapped inside with an enemy just as dangerous as whatever is lurking outside. Tension runs high in this tale as the trapped group faces difficult moral decisions. Should they stay and wait out the terror, or make a break for it and risk suffering a terrible fate? Is the eerie mist the will of God, an experiment from the local military base gone awry, or, maybe, a freak natural disaster? Without modern conveniences and the normal conventions and rules to guide them, the group is easily swayed by the loudest opinion. Will they save themselves at the expense of each other, or work as a team to save everyone? There is a decent amount of blood and gore for horror fans, some deadpan humor and just a hint of politics thrown in for good measure. Thomas Jane is a stoic leading man, but Frances Sternhagen and Toby Jones are more fun as unlikely heroes. Laurie Holden, Alexa Davalos, Bill Sadler and Jeffrey Demunn also star in this creepy tale.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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At 6:04 AM, Blogger G-Man said...

This guy that I work with has been bugging me to rent this for two weeks..he loved it as well. Now I may have to rent it....Thanks for the review...G

At 2:36 PM, Blogger jillie said...

I have been wanting to see that movie. Some of his stuff has really twisted endings. My fav book of his is Gerald's Game. That literally had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. That NEVER happens. When a book can get a physical reaction out of me...I know it's good!

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Hey James --

I wrote a long and extremely angry review about this movie on my blog and didn't post it -- I liked a lot of it very much, but like you, I hated the ending. Really hated it. "You've got to be kidding me," really sums it up.

Having said that, the scenes with the spiders and flying critters were truly awesome and horrifying.

Good horror is hard to come by, no?

At 6:05 PM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

just brace yourself for the mother of effed up endings, G-Man.

Oh, yeah...I know exactly what you mean, Jillie. You'll have to let me know if The Dance has that effect on you. :D

I hear you, Joe. I could have went all day without seeing the look of the "one" (still not throwing out spoilers :D) before the big thing went down and then sharing the other's experience after. Wow...

There is a place for not so happy endings, for instance, when I read The Rising by Brian Keene. Wait, if you haven't read it yet, I probably shouldn't throw out spoilers for that either. :D

But yeah, the critters rocked, that alone is the only reason I would recommend people watch this.

Oh, and yes...good horror is hard to come by. You need to start writing faster. :D


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