I watched this when it first came out and quite enjoyed it, so now I write a horror blog I thought I might as well refresh my memory, watch it again and write a review for the film. It also features a handful of people from The Walking Dead and I wanted to see them in something else.
“The atmosphere is perfect for this film, I have a bit of a soft spot for films that are mostly based in one place.”
Director: Frank Darabont
Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)
Run time: 126 minutes
Trivia – Stephen King got the idea for the source novel when he was in a Maine market. When he noticed the front window was made of plate glass, he wondered what would happen if giant insects flew into it.
Dale from The Walking Dead doesn’t like the monster in The Mist
I’ve never read the book of this film so I’m not sure how closely it follows that in the film version. The film starts out with David Drayton (Thomas Jane) who is painting horror film posters when a big storm blows through his town. The storm puts a tree through his window and smashes some of his posters, when he goes outside he also see that next door’s tree has blown into his boat house and smashed it to piece.
His neighbour is obviously a stuck up idiot who thinks he’s always right but despite a history between the two their meeting goes well. So well that David agrees to take Brent Norton (Andre Braugher) down to the local store to buy supplies, he also takes his young son along with him.
Once at the store it’s clear there’s some sort of panic on for supplies due to the storm that’s just hit. During everyone crammed in buying stuff Dale from The Walking Dead runs in and starts claiming that something is out there in the mist which is now slowly covering everything around. No one really believes him not at first anyway and several people exit the store but all the people inside the place hear is a few screams.
One of many strange creatures that hang around in The Mist
David ventures into the storage area and finds the generator which is burnt out, he also hears a loud bang on the door. A few people join him in the storage room and one young lad volunteers to check out what was outside the door. This does not end well and despite what happens and several witnesses no one believes David and the other people until they are shown a piece of the monster that attacked.
The survivors in the store group together and barricade the doors from what ever is lurking outside. Meanwhile Mrs Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) is preaching about how God has come and this is his judgement on the world, she rants and raves through the whole film about God and the end of days. This leads to a fractured group inside the store the ones who don’t believe and the ones that do, obviously that in turn leads to a lot of confrontations.
A villain you can hate for once instead of thinking they’re cool
Eventually David, his son, Andrea and Dale from The Walking Dead along with an old woman teacher manage to escape the store. This is after several encounters with strange creatures and the biggest threat in any situation like this, the danger from fellow humans. Their escape leads to possibly one of the most brutal and brilliant endings I’ve ever seen, the final few minutes will definitely stick with you for a while after watching. It’ll make you question what you would have done, it is simply fantastic.
There’s so much good with this film it also does what is hard to do in film, TV, comics and any form of entertainment nowadays it creates a great villain not a cool villain who you want to win but a villain you will hate. Mrs Carmody and her constant preaching and belittling of people is superbly acted. I saw people saying they didn’t like her part in the film I think they’re forgetting that we’re not supposed to like the villains a good villain you will want to see die they should annoy you so much that their inevitable demise is worth the long arduous wait!
What I also enjoyed was that these sort of films would usually feature the 10 or so main characters in the store and that would be it. The Mist however has 30-40 people in the store and whilst most are just background characters this really adds another level to the film.
The atmosphere is perfect for this film, I have a bit of a soft spot for films that are mostly based in one place. The claustrophobia of the store and not being able to clearly see what is going on outside adds so much to the film. Add to that the split of the group and the paranoia they all suffer from each other and what’s lurking in the mist it’s a greatly tense atmosphere.
And finally that ending, damn!
The heroes try to make their escape!
Some of the effects were a bit dodgy, the make up was great but the CGI of some of the monsters I didn’t really like. Other than there’s not much else I didn’t like about the film.
I think apart from the min series adaptations of Stephen King’s work like IT and The Stand this is right up there as one of the very best. I know I’m repeating myself but that ending damn, what an ending. If you’ve read this far you’ll know that I highly recommend everyone to watch this if you haven’t already.