A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Based on a Stephen King story and directed by the assured hands of Frank Darabont, The Mist is an intriguing mix of horror, suspense, and thriller. As a gigantic cloud starts to engulf a small town, a group ends up at a supermarket where, with no electricity, they witness the full manifestations of this mysterious storm. A key factor in The Mist’s success is Darabont’s excellent pacing. He lets the film flow at a steady pace and in a way that keeps the viewer glued to the screen. I also enjoy the performances of both Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden as two of the people stuck in the grocery store. Jane, as the group’s de facto leader, does an excellent job of making us believe he really is the man in charge in the midst of this unique crisis. Harden, on the other hand, plays a religious nut who sees this event as a sign and punishment from God. Both, in their own unique ways, add another layer of entertainment and fascination to the motion picture. The film also has one of the most crushing and unmerciful endings seen in recent horror films; an ending that surely stays with viewers long after the credits roll. It really surprises me how a film as good and well-done as The Mist goes unmentioned since it is one of the best horror films made in the last twenty years at least. An underrated gem of a film that should be given far greater attention and love than it currently enjoys.
Memorable Scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)
- Scenes of the storm approaching.
- The bleeding man running towards the supermarket screaming.
- The giant bugs crashing unto the supermarket’s windows.
- The tentacles attack the store clerk.
- The group decides to venture out through the mist.
- The mind-blowing ending.
- Thomas Jane (as David Drayton)
- Marcia Gay Harden (as Mrs. Carmody)
2 hours and 6 minutes
Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller