Belief divides them, mystery surrounds them, but fear changes everything.
After a violent storm attacks a town in Maine, an approaching cloud of mist appears the next morning. As the mist quickly envelops the area, a group of people get trapped in a local grocery store — among them, artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son. The people soon discover that within the mist lives numerous species of horrific, creatures that entered through an inter-dimensional rift.
No one does Stephen King like Frank Darabont. He even included a nice little nod to The Dark Tower in the beginning of the film when you see Thomas Jane's character painting Roland and the Tower in a field of roses. You can tell he's a true fan.
The way he handles the story is excellent. The humans get so crazy and so primitive they make the monsters almost inconsequential. Marcia Gay Harden was just brilliant. I'd take the mist over her any day.
Personally, I loved the way he handled the end. Yes, the story being open-ended is great, but Darabont's take on it was fantastic, brutal. The perfect touch.
B&W version on baby Blu.
A classic throwback to a classic era in film. Darabont himself introduces the black and white version as the definitive cut and really emphasizes the heightened reality to the film and how B&W presses even deeper into "unreal"-much more a fantasy fable set in that mythic small town where everybody knows your name. It almost feels like the moments that horrify are the harshness of the real world hammering their way into the falsity of the American mythos that is being played up. He compares the experience similarly to the Night of the Living Dead style of film-making and specifically 60s B-monster movies and f/x films, and I couldn't agree more.
Frank Darabont is at his very best when he is adapting Stephen King’s noveIs. I had very high expectations going into this and I was not disappointed.
The mist has it all. Normally in a horror flick there would not be much characterization. All the thought and input would have gone into the process of scaring the shit out of people. But that is where The Mist stands out. It has well etched out characters ranging from those to whom I rooted for, liked, disliked and completely loathed with burning passion. And above all this it has the cover of mist which makes the horror all the more effective, startling, unexpected and terrifying.
The performances of the actors were splendid.…
This film pisses me off. It takes one of the best short stories ever written, adapts it to the big screen in a very effective way and then CHANGES THE ENDING!!!!! Why??? The ending was just perfect as it was, but Darabont changed it into the most depressing ending in a movie ever. Made no sense whatsoever!
Frank Darabont and Stephen King are a match made in heaven. Whilst The Mist isn't anywhere near as good as The Shawshank Redemption (but in fairness few films are) it certainly surpasses The Green Mile.
King has always written incredible characters. Adaptions of his work often lose sight of this instead focusing on the “horror” aspect and the characters suffer because of it. The Mist is so excellent because of its characters. They are the clear focus of the film the monsters are merely a plot device, albeit a very well-crafted plot device.
The Mist is an excellent study in human interaction and our primitive nature. We see that once society crumbles these characters are no better than the monsters…
Finally saw the B&W version of this film (which was the way director Frank Darabont had always intended the film to be), and he and others who praise it are correct: this movie is meant to be seen in B&W.
Seen this way, the imaginative creatures (my favorite has always been the terrifying skull-faced giant spiders) look to be straight out of an especially scary '50s monster movie. Likewise, the hand-wringing social commentary and tragically ironic ending are purely Rod Serling and TWILIGHT ZONE territory. Both of which, not surprisingly, come across amazingly well in B&W. The special effects, too, which occasionally courted cheesiness in color, look spectacular.
I always liked THE MIST and thought it a very fine film, one of the best adaptations of Stephen King's work. In the B&W Director's Cut (which is available on Blu-ray and DVD), I think it's very nearly a GREAT movie.
Very good horror film, it's not really scary, but it does keep a high level on tension and does a great morality play where the scariest monsters are the other people. The characters start out from clear stereotypes, but are very well fleshed out and feel like real people that you care for by the end. And speaking of the end that was brutal, didn't see it coming although I felt like I should have.
Al principio pense que seria mala, pero fue mejorando hasta el final feliz y triste, en donde quede: QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE NPS MENTIRA.
La película no se enfoco tanto en como eran los monstruo ni de donde venían, era mas sobre los extremos a donde una persona pueden llegar o a donde los hacen llegar en situaciones imprevistas tan grandes como la de la película o algo mas simple, un terremoto.
Stephen King Season- Movie #1
Frank Darabont once again manages to capture the style and themes of King's work in this highly effective B movie. isolated communities having to deal with extraordinary events is a theme that runs through all of King's best work and based on this film the outcome is pretty pessimistic. The monsters that patrol the mist are nothing compared to the humans struggling to survive within it. The ending feels a little rushed but you can't say it's not affecting. Highly recommended.
Next up: The Green Mile
I have a big problem with the ending, but other than that, this is a really enjoyable movie that touches on the horrors of religion as well as what is out there in the mist...
*that's* how to end a movie...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ugh, what an ending.
A bleak and angry movie disguised as cheesy horror. Thank God for Thomas Jane who kept me interested and engaged in the story even when my instinct was to shut down and walk away.
Stephen King hasn't had much luck at the movies. I think the main reason is that the movie people usually get distracted by the flashy scary stuff in his stories, and entirely miss the careful characterization that makes readers care about what happens. They didn't forget about it this time, though. I wouldn't call myself a Frank Darabont fan (director of two other King-based films – Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile). The first two times, he took solid stories and rendered them mushy and cliché-ridden.
The Mist isn't perfect, but it doesn't suffer from those flaws. For most of its running time, it's an excellent horror movie – intense, and grounded by realistic performances and dialogue. (Plus some cool…