Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Mist (2007)

Title: The Mist
Director: Frank Darabont
Writer: Frank Darabont, Stephen King
Starring: Thomas Jane, Andre Braugher, Laurie Holden, Amin Joseph, Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones
Studio: Dimension Films

I was extremely happy with the adaptation of 1408 earlier this year and The Mist was just as well done. I've been a Stephen King fan (or an "constant reader" as King himself calls us) since I was old enough to read a full novel. I read The Mist long ago as a novella in the Skeleton Crew short story collection. I remembered the basic story, but I didn't recall the details, so seeing the movie really brought back some great memories.

The movie opens with the main character drawing a movie poster of The Gunslinger from King's Dark Tower series. That's enough to get a movie dork like me excited, but this scene is followed by another two hours of great film. The interactions between the people trapped in the grocery story as the mist envelopes the town is just amazing. The dialogue is believable and it really makes some serious comments on society and religion. A horror movie with meaning, who would have thought?

This movie offers up both cheap scares and a thought provoking story. The ending is incredible and for those of you that have read the novella, the conclusion of the film expands on the written version's ending and it doesn't leave you hanging. Special effects could have been better for a big budget film, but I'm not really complaining. The scares are still there, and the story is classic King. This is a smart horror film that will bridge the generation gap, bring your parents, they'll like it too.

Favorite Quote:

Mrs. Carmody: I'll tell you what. The day I need a friend like you, I'll just have myself a little squat and shit one out.

RATING: 8/10


Ryne said...

I definitely thought the same thing. It was a smart movie with emotion and depth that really sucked me in. Yet I still hear that people didn't like it.

bobheske said...

I liked it too. Frank Darabont always seems to direct the best Stephen King adaptations.

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Francesca Paolucci said...

Great blog!

Dain Binder said...

Christopher, you got this one spot on! I was slightly disappointed in the middle but the ending just blew me away.

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Gruesome Hertzogg said...

The Mist ( 2007 )

Alot Of People Don't Like This Movie
But I Do Good Acting , Neat Creatures , Great Story Line , And One Hell Of A Ending

I Give It A 7 Out Of 10 Also