31 Days of Scary Movies: The Mist

For the month of October, I will be posting reviews of scary movies. The opinions in these reviews, unless otherwise noted, are my own.

The Mist

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I have a confession to make: I am a Stepehen King nut. I’ve read lots of his books, seen lots of his movies, and I love them all. I, like many other King fans, was so excited to see this movie when it came out. It is based on one of his most popular short stories. It was adapted by Frank Darabont, who also worked on “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile”, which were great films. He seems to have a good handle on how to turn a King story into a great movie.

Not everyone loves this movie, though. I did. It was very true to the story, and I thought the casting was great. I was curious how the monsters were going to come to life and not be cheesy, as in the book they’re pretty scary. I have to say… they were just a little cheesy. However, this story is not so much about the monsters, as about the mob mentality that affects those people that are trapped in the supermarket by the Mist and what it brings. Marcia Gay Harden plays an awesome Mrs. Carmody, the Bible-thumping, holier than thou town crazy who gets one group of people to turn against everyone else. The most disturbing death in the movie ultimately comes at the hands of this group, making the fear caused by the Mist the real villian.

The ending of this movie is quite disturbing, and is the second reason that people don’t like the film. Its controversial, sickening, and King said he wishes he thought of it himself. That’s all I’ll say about it. But if you’re watching the movie and are kind of not into it… just watch it til the end. You’ll like it or hate it, but it will hit you one way or the other. I do recommend this film, you just need to take the monster part for what it is… monsters in the mist! Pay more attention to how the folks handle being trapped by them.

Fun Facts (from IMDB)

  • Frank Darabont agreed to make the film with Dimension as long as they agreed not to change the scripted ending. They agreed.
  • The movie is set in Maine but was filmed in Lousiana. Stephen King couldn’t tell the difference.
  • Shot in 37 days
  • Thomas Jane’s second Stephen King movie. He was also in Dreamcatcher.
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