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  • Compounding the problem is a religious nut, Mrs

    • by David Finniss


      Frank Darabont had proven himself a skilled director when it came to adapting Stephen King’s works to film. He created a modern masterpiece with “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” was also very well done. For the first time, the director gets to tackle a horror story.

      “The Mist” follows artist David Drayton and his son. After a storm knocks a tree through their house, they go to a local store to pick up supplies. Before they leave, they notice a bizarre fog hovering over the lake coming from the mountain, where a military base rumored to be doing experiments is located.

      The fog soon engulfs the town, leaving visibility poor. One of the local folks comes barreling into the store saying that there’s something in the mist and that someone has died. No one’s sure what’s going on, but they manage to remain calm.

      Soon, they realize that strange monsters are hiding in the midst and they are not particularly friendly.

      Panic soon sets in as people try to struggle with the hellish events that are unfolding.

      Compounding the problem is a religious nut, Mrs. Carmody who claims that these are the end times and that God is demanding a sacrifice for our sins. With threats lurking outside as well as in, it’s up to David to ensure the survival of his son as well as himself, especially since Carmody actually starts to gather followers.

      It’s a very intense movie and you find yourself legitimately scared by what’s going on. With most horror movies nowadays, you kind of “know” what to do. Here, there is no armchair quarterbacking as the nightmare these people are plunged into is so out there that there is no handy strategy available.

      As a longtime King fan, the references to other works was a great addition. As the film opens we see David making a painting that is a clear nod to King’s “Dark Tower” series and later on in ...

      • the film, Mrs. Carmody utters the phrase “My life for you”.

        The reference to Trashcan Man was pretty cool,but the way which the scene plays out is downright eerie. An insect like monster has busted in and is flying around, terrorizing the people in the store. It’s already stung one person, leaving her on the verge of death, and it lands on Carmody’s stomach and seems ready to attack again. Carmody closes her eyes and mutters the phrase just as this eerie chanting music starts to play. The creature pauses and flies off. Everytime I see it, that scene just sends chills down my spine because it works that well.

        The DVD comes with a color version as well as a black and white version. I didn’t think it would make that big a difference,but the movie really does work better in black and white. It gives it the feel of a 50’s movie. The film was made on a rather

        low budget so while the CGI is passable, it pales in comparison to what we’ve seen in other films. The black and white turns that possible flaw into a strength by giving it that B movie feel.

        The acting is pretty good. Jane does a good job as the sort of everyman, though his final scene seems a bit forced. I don’t want to give away the ending, but he spends about 25 seconds screaming and you don’t buy it at all. It seems like he’s just kind of going “aaah!” as opposed to genuinely wailing in horror at what he just did.

        Overall, this is a really good movie. King adaptations tend to be hit or miss and this is one of the prior. I’ve seen it three times and it’s still just as powerful and scare inducing as it was the first time. If you’re a fan of horror movies, I say check this one out.

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