The Mist – USA, 2007 – reviews

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The Mist (also known as Stephen King’s The Mist) is a 2007 American science fiction horror feature film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Stephen King’s works The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

Darabont had been interested in adapting The Mist for the big screen since the 1980s. The film features an ensemble cast including Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Samuel Witwer, Toby Jones, Nathan Gamble, Melissa McBride, Andre Braugher, and Frances Sternhagen.

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Although a monster movie, the central theme explores what ordinary people will be driven to do under extraordinary circumstances. The plot revolves around members of the small town of Bridgton, Maine who, after a severe thunderstorm causes the power to go out the night before, meet in a supermarket to pick up supplies. While they struggle to survive an unnatural mist which envelops the town and conceals vicious, otherworldly monsters, extreme tensions rise among the survivors…

Reviews:

“I love horror movies. Good ones are rare. A great one comes along once every 10 or 15 years if we’re lucky. The Mist is a great one—the best horror flick I’ve seen in a long, long time.” Dan Mancini, DVD Verdict

“It’s rare to find a creature feature that actually delivers when it comes to fear factor, but The Mist is a wonderful throwback to those movies that scared the jeepers out of us as kids, and had us sleeping with the lights on with a chair propped up against the closet door.” Craig McPherson, Screenjabber

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“Author Stephen King and director Frank Darabont raise our expectations with their track records (Darabond’s Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption, for example) but it takes a great deal of suspension of your critical faculties to sit through The Mist un-irritated. Most of the problem is that the characters are so stupid, and even though the screenplay embraces this stupidity and exalts in it through some of the less stupid characters, it’s not enough.” Urban Cinefile

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Cast and characters:

  • Thomas Jane … David Drayton
  • Marcia Gay Harden … Mrs. Carmody
  • Laurie Holden … Amanda Dunfrey
  • Andre Braugher … Brent Norton
  • Toby Jones … Ollie Weeks
  • William Sadler … Jim
  • Jeffrey DeMunn … Dan Miller
  • Frances Sternhagen … Irene Reppler
  • Nathan Gamble … Billy Drayton
  • Alexa Davalos … Sally
  • Chris Owen … Norm
  • Sam Witwer … Private Jessup
  • Robert C. Treveiler … Bud Brown (as Robert Treveiler)
  • David Jensen … Myron
  • Melissa McBride … Woman With Kids at Home
  • Andy Stahl … Mike Hatlen
  • Buck Taylor … Ambrose Cornell
  • Brandon O’Dell … Bobby Eagleton
  • Jackson Hurst … Joe Eagleton
  • Brian Libby … Biker
  • Susan Malerstein-Watkins … Hattie (as Susan Watkins)
  • Mathew Greer … Silas
  • Juan Gabriel Pareja … Morales (as Juan Pareja)
  • Walter Fauntleroy … Donaldson
  • Amin Joseph … M.P.
  • Kelly Collins Lintz … Steff Drayton
  • Ginnie Randall … Woman #1
  • Tiffany Morgan … Woman #2
  • Kim Wall … Terrified Woman
  • Julio Cesar Cedillo … Father
  • Ron Clinton Smith … Mr. Mackey
  • Gregg Brazzel … Tom Smalley (as Greg Brazzel)
  • Sonny Franks … Man with El Camino
  • Dodie Brown … Screaming Woman (as Dodie L. Brown)
  • Taylor E. Brown … Screaming Child

Production companies:

  • Dimension Films
  • Darkwoods Productions
  • The Weinstein Company

Technical details:

126 minutes | black and white (Director’s Cut) | 1.85: 1 | Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

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