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The Mist

A mist unleashes bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a band of citizens hole up in a supermarket.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature

 

United States
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Insect Film
Animals: 
Imaginary
Insects: 
Imaginary
Cultists: 
Cleric
Guru
Worshipper
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Infestation
Storm
Dimensional: 
Unknown
Giant: 
Colossus
Behemoth
Golem
7.04
Mystifying!
7.04
6
8
7.04
3
3
3
Performances
Effects
Dialogue
Frank Darabont, director and screenwriter, proves once again that he can adapt Stephen King’s material like no one else. He can deliver, within budget, a stunning production quality. The actors are solid. The casting is excellent. Everybody fits their part. The action mainly takes place in one location; a grocery store, and the film is apparently shot on a sound stage. It’s so claustrophobic!
The screenplay is ambitious. The creature design and most of the storyline could be described as Lovecraftian. The creatures’ origin is and will remain a mystery. Their goal and motivations are never explained. As one of the character suggests, at some point, they are either supernatural, biblical or man-made. They could be anything. It’s what makes them creepy. The mist itself is an enigma.
The 3D effects are a little too shiny for my taste, and that’s the film’s only flaw. As is often the case in apocalyptic movies, human’s most resilient enemies are other humans. Religion and spirituality are crucial to the plot. Romance and family are important themes, too. The Mist is frightening, introspective, but it’s also terribly sad. And what a great ending!
Alternate Titles: 
Stephen King's The Mist
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