a violent thunderstorm, artist David Drayton and a small town
come under vicious attack from creatures prowling in a thick and
unnatural mist. Local rumors point to an experiment called The
Arrowhead Project conducted at a nearby top-secret military
base, but questions as to the origins of the deadly vapor are
secondary to the groups overall chances for survival. Retreating
to a local supermarket, Drayton and the survivors must face-off
against each other before taking a united stand against an enemy
they cannot even see.
the wait is finally over. The Mist has descended upon a
theatre near you. After years of anticipation does this Stephen
King adaptation live up to the hype or is it another modern day
stinker? The answer is quite simple: The Mist is the scariest
horror film to be released in years.
I use the word horror in describing the nature of
The Mist I mean it in the truest, purest sense of the word.
Frank Darabont takes the same talents he put on display in two
previous King dramatic adaptations The Shawshank Redemption
and The Green Mile. He applies that level of careful thought-out
film making to the hardcore monster fest that is The Mist. He
truly creates an emotional, polarizing situation full of characters
you have very strong feelings towards both good and bad forcing
you to invest heavily into them.
is a dramatic departure from most mainstream horror films. This
is not a pleasant jump-scare film or a gorefest designed to repulse
you but keep you feeling enjoyably entertained. No, this is a
dark, almost depressingly scary film that is sure to leave audiences
extremely effected when they walk out of that movie theatre.
that my friends, in my opinion is what a horror film should be.
develops its terror in a similar fashion as the War of the
Worlds did where as the horror comes in two forms: The creatures
and the humans. Only in here it is done much better and amped
up. Towards the end of film the question becomes Which monsters
scare you more?
The human horror is a terrific account of the human condition
and how every individual reacts differently when consumed by fear.
Displayed wonderfully for us from Darabonts talented, dark
cast was perfect led by Thomas Jane who plays a father left completely
vulnerable with his young son in the middle of this horrifying
crisis. The insane zealot played by Marcia Gay Harden becomes
a truly terrifying villain to rival the most gruesome of the creatures
waiting in the mist.
for the creatures themselves, they look fantastic! Most of them
are CGI but you must understand they are direct copies of their
description in Kings story and there really is no way they
could have made these vivid, detailed beasts from standard make-up
effects. But trust me when I tell you they are horrifying beings.
The film truly shines when the actors brave the mist and come
face to face with the monsters.
leads me to the ending. I will not give you any clues as to what
happens but it is one of most darkly depraved horror films endings
EVER put on film. The ending goes against the grain of mainstream
horror in every way. I was left completely in awe of what I was
witnessing. Then, as the credits started to roll I walked out
of that theatre feeling very uneasy. It was an uncomfortable almost
depressing feeling. It was great!
I was feeling was HORROR. Sadly most films that carry that genre
title never approach it in any way. This film will go down as
one of the best modern horror films ever made. It wasnt
perfect but its flaws were minor. Im not going to
tell you it is the best horror film Ive ever seen but it
was really, REALLY good. Perhaps after I watch it a few more times
I can better understand where it ranks on the all time list.
bottom line is this: Go out to your local Cineplex and buy a tub
of buttery popcorn, a Cherry Coke, and a ticket to The Mist.
Then prepare yourself for one of the scariest films of the last
this receives the Marshals seal of approval
out of 10 explosive spider wounds.