I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
Belief divides them, mystery surrounds them, but fear changes everything.
After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten their lives, and worse, their sanity.
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 a baaaaaaad man.
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!
While the budget appears low and the focus for the majority of the film is of a small scale, this is supremely effective horror storytelling.
The success of The Mist lies in the fact that the horror is not from the monsters outside, but the monsters within. Fear is a powerful force, and causes individuals to group together, creating a shared community. Of course, this shared community can only exist if there are 'others' and 'outsiders' who are persecuted and vilified.
The Mist is the perfect example of the 'rational human being' losing all control.
The acting is great, and while some moments are over the top, for the most part this is a restrained film that develops decent scares and horror. Really big fan of Thomas Jane's performance here and his relationship with his son.
Fantastic all round and a pleasant watch.
While I was fairly engaged and intrigued by the mysterious first act, as the movie went on, I thought the pacing took a turn for the worse, and so did my patience. I felt like the second and third act needed more actual story and exposition to really engage me. Also, I won't spoil the ending, but will say that it didn't work for me and left me saying "okayyyyy" to myself. The acting was fine, but ultimately the way events unfolded turned this from a positive movie watching experience to a negative one. Mild recommend if you're really into sci-fi, mystery, and trying to make sense of things, but otherwise avoid.
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Just adding this to my collection.
There needs to be more movies like this.
I've been combing through the horror movie catalogue for what seems to be quite a while now, and while a few of them have been great, it's very seldom that I will get legitimately scared. In my opinion true fear is something that sticks, something that keeps you up at night, something that infests your worst nightmares.
This film did it. It scared the hell out of me, and I loved every single moment of it.
There are so many things this film did right that I have no idea where to start and it's very doubtful I would be able to cover all of it, so I'm just going to talk…
Frank Darabont is a baaaaaaad man.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
He should've waited just a little bit longer, Damn it!
Great, Great film!
Marcia Gay Harden could well be the most underrated actress in Hollywood. It's creepy, dark, and builds up tension extremely well, managing general uneasyness whilst using limited amounts of gore. Highly recommended.
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