The Mist (2007)

the mist poster 2007 movie
7.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 9/10

Some great horror

Overacting, bad ending, a bit long

Movie Info

Movie Name:  The Mist

Studio:  Dimension Films

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  November 21, 2007

MPAA Rating:  R

the-mist-fly-creature

They say mosquitos are bigger up here, but they aren’t kidding!

After a huge storm a strange mist comes into the town of Bridgton, Maine from the direction of the military base, within the mist are unseen creatures that take whoever enters the mist.  David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his son (Nathan Gamble) travel to town with their neighbor Brent Norton (Andre Braugher) for supplies before the mist reaches their home and become trapped with a number of survivors inside of the local supermarket.  As the survivor find themselves losing touch with reality, a religious fanatic named Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) begins to predict the end of times.  Now David, Amanda Dumfries (Laurie Holden), Ollie Weaks (Toby Jones), Irene Reppler (Frances Sternhagen), Jim Grondin (William Sadler), Dan Miller (Jeffrey DuMunn), and other survivors must choose sides and decide if they want to venture into the mist.

the-mist-giant-monster

Hi big ugly creature…Lovely day for a walk!

Directed by Frank Darabont, The Mist adapts the short story by Stephen King from his collection Skeleton Crew (the story first appeared in the anthology Dark Forces in 1980). The movie was met with very mixed reviews.  Some loved the darkness of the story and others felt it was unnecessary.

The Mist is mostly meant to be a character study and show what happens when people are dealing with stressful situations. The monsters are used to bring out the best (and worst) of human emotion and personalities. It is a bit overdone, and it is brought up multiple times within the movie, how quickly people devolve into he-said she-said, cult mentality. Marcia Gay Harden is so over-the-top as the leader of the doomsday cult that it is hard to take. I also don’t believe (no matter what happened in the past) that the Brent Norton would completely dismiss the other characters when they say there are monsters (and someone was killed).

the-mist-monster

Oh no! That octopus from Popeye is back!

The horror of The Mist is actually quite good. The creatures’ special effects are sometimes really inspiring and other times they are really fake. The situation is presented nicely with a lot of tense moments, the adventure into the drugstore and the invasion of the insects are all great and really amp up the horror. The creatures remind me of some of the art of Salvador Dali combined with H.P. Lovecraft. It is too bad that some of them look so much like CGI…Darabont originally wanted the film in black-and-white (it can be seen this way with some DVDs), so maybe the effects would have worked better in that format.

the-mist-survivors

Dad…you forgot to get toilet paper!

*****Spoiler Alert***** You can’t talk about The Mist without talking about the controversial ending. When Stephen King wrote Cujo, he admitted that killing the Tad character in the end was a mistake. In the movie, that was repaired by having Tad survive in a last second savior. This kind of goes against the ending of The Mist which has most the unnecessary death of all the characters except David. The ending of the story just has the characters riding off into the mist without knowing their fate (though suicide is a thought of the main character).  I like this better than the tortured ending…yeah, it’s ironic, but it also seems like a twist that should have been considered then shelved…just making it dark for darkness’s sake doesn’t seem creative to me and this is what Darabont fought for.

I don’t love the ending of The Mist and think there is a lot of overacting and overdone writing. I think the horror is pretty good and the basic idea is creative with some smart set-ups. Opposed to many adaptations of novellas, The Mist is a decently paced and well worth it for fans of horror though it is a bit long for this type of movie. It almost feels like a big screen B-Movie of the ’50s…with a lot more horror and gore.

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

Leave A Response