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"As a species we're fundamentally insane!"
on 8 July 2017
With the American TV series of the same name currently being broadcast, I thought it would be a good idea to return to Frank Darabont's 2007 film adaptation of Stephen King's novella, 'The Mist.' Now, anyone familiar with the novella will know that the movie is a fairly faithful adaptation of the source material, bar the shocking conclusion - more of which later. In brief, a large group of people find themselves trapped in a convenience store after a mysterious mist engulfs a small New England town. Outside lurk monstrous creatures from a nightmare world, while inside the humans begin to degenerate as suspicion & fear begins to strip away the thin veneer of civilization. It is a pretty cynical view of humanity under pressure but a believable one, in my view. Also, the acting is consistently good with no starry names to distract one from the drama. Thomas Jane does a fine job in the leading role but special mention most go to Toby Jones as Ollie & Marcia Gay Harden as the religious zealot Mrs. Carmody. Frank Darabont, no stranger to the world of Stephen King, directs some impressive set pieces, especially the tense pharmacy scene. The special effects are top notch, bar a couple of fake looking CGI shots inside the store. However, the film's biggest talking point is the aforementioned shocking conclusion. It went way beyond Stephen King's own bleak ending to his novella & was truly audacious. I'm surprised the Hollywood suits didn't demand a more upbeat replacement. In short, 'The Mist' is a fine little horror film that all fans of the genre must see!
Of course, this being a two-disc DVD, there are plenty of extras that detail its making, as well as a conversation with Stephen King but perhaps the most interesting thing is the option to watch the film in black & white. It is an option I'd heartily recommend.