The Mist Review

The Mist (2007)
Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Directed by: Frank Darabont

Do you like storms? I do. Love 'em. The residents of Bridgton, Maine, on the other hand, may feel differently. In The Mist, a freak severe thunderstorm causes residents of this New England town to seek supplies at the local grocery store. While there, a thick ominous mist blankets the city like a giant otherworldly bong hit. Very soon into the phenomena, the townspeople realize there's more to this mist than meets the eye. Creatures, monsters hiding in the mist force the residents to take shelter within the store. Tensions grow as neighbors and friends turn on each other as survival seems less and less likely.

Let me just say, this is one of my top favorite Stephen King movies of all time. The cast is very strong and the general story is pretty good. The majority of the movie takes place inside of a grocery store with the occasional soloists venturing out into the unknown. At points, there are groups that make their way out as well, but I can't really go into that without spoiling some really good scenes in the movie. Ultimately, though, the general location of the film does well to add to the tension of so many people being stuck in a confined space, stuck between belief and bewilderment.

As it is, it's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of CGI, but for what the story calls for, the visuals were superb and satisfying. The creatures that appear in this film are, to say the least, some of the best CGI creations of that era. As the movie progresses, they range from tiny and terrifying to monstrous and daunting. There are acid-webbed spiders, horrible mutant stinging flies and then some. Where they exactly came from is up to interpretation. Are you with the crazy Christian lady or could it be something else? Something even more mysterious?

If there were anything bad I could say about this film, it would have to be...erm...well, it definitely lives up to its reported ultra-shocking ending (of course that link is chock full of spoilers; click at your own risk). Seriously, I've seen extreme horror movies that didn't leave me feeling so hopeless inside. Want to know why? Go watch the movie. This one is worth it for any and all horror or Stephen King fans. But if you're especially twisted like myself, this movie could be something even more special...

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Special Effects

Overall Rating: Bleeding Out

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