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Stephen King's The Mist

Stephen King's The Mist

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Director: Frank Darabont

Cast: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden


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Frequent Stephen King collaborator Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) teamed with the celebrated horror author once again for this tale of terror concerning a small town engulfed by a malevolent mist, based on a story originally published in King's 1985 horror anthology Skeleton


Frequent Stephen King collaborator Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) teamed with the celebrated horror author once again for this tale of terror concerning a small town engulfed by a malevolent mist, based on a story originally published in King's 1985 horror anthology Skeleton Crew. When a thick fog descends upon a rural community and claims the lives of anyone unfortunate enough to be caught outside, a small band of survivors seeks refuge in a local grocery store. Now trapped in a darkened cloud of pure horror, the frightened denizens of the town are forced to fend off an advancing horde of murderous monsters. Punisher star Thomas Jane heads up an ensemble cast that includes Andre Braugher, Laurie Holden, William Sadler, and Marcia Gay Harden.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Cynics like to claim that there are no new stories to be told, but even if that argument holds some amount of truth, who's to say that we can't find exciting new ways to recycle the old ones? Essentially Night of the Living Dead set in a small-town grocery store instead of a farmhouse -- and substituting Lovecraftian creatures from another dimension for flesh-eating ghouls -- Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic dirge is nothing new in the grand scheme of things, but that's not to say it's ineffective by any means. In addition to highlighting how the monster that dwells within man can easily outweigh any perceived external threat, Darabont's unforgiving frightener dives headlong into the abyss with a grim denouement that's sure to spark debate. It's no secret that Darabont is a die-hard King fan (his association with the prolific author goes as far back as the 1983 short The Woman in the Room), so when fans found out that the filmmaker was abandoning the drama of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile in favor of out-and-out horror, the hype was understandably justified. Over the years, it has become painfully obvious just how important it is to have a director who understands King's unique sensibilities when adapting the author's works for the screen, and here, as before, Darabont proves that he is more than up to the task. Perhaps the most striking aspect of The Mist is how distinctly different it feels from Darabont's previous King adaptations; whereas The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile both felt meticulously crafted and remarkably earnest, this bleak look at a decidedly supernatural disaster instead comes off as intimate, urgent, and even somewhat reckless at times. Of course, much of this shift in tone can be attributed to the fact that while his previous King adaptations were unabashedly cinematic thanks in large part to the visual contributions of cinematographers David Tattersall and Roger Deakens, this time out Darabont has instead opted to work with the same crew he bonded with during his work on The Shield. While at no point does The Mist ever even come close to being as depressingly bland as the average Stephen King miniseries, it does feel more like a large-scale television production than a feature horror film at times, right down to the repeated fade-to black between scenes. Also elevating The Mist above that of your typically uninspired King adaptation is some truly smart writing by Darabont, and the ace cutting skills of The Shield editor Hunter M. Via (the latter's handling of an early tentacle attack is particularly effective). There's no doubt the creepy crawlies that emerge from the titular vapor will give arachnophobes and entomophobes alike a solid scare -- and the sheer variety of the creatures alone is enough to steer the imagination toward the unthinkable horrors of Cthulu and his minions -- but the computer animation occasionally borders on hokey, leaving Darabont to pick up the slack by ratcheting up the human drama. As in any effective siege film, human interaction plays a pivotal role in the outcome of the story, and this is the area where Darabont the screenwriter truly begins to shine. When the old Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) becomes convinced that she is the true vessel of God and begins barking fire and brimstone to the frightened prisoners of The Mist, things shift from just supernatural scary to real-world terrifying. An enthusiastic but harmless zealot at the onset, Mrs. Carmody eventually manages to make even spiky-tentacled monstrosities from another dimension look like they might be kind of cuddly by comparison. It's fascinating to see how the alliances unfold as the situation grows increasingly tense, and Darabont handles the growing division and animosity among the fractured survivors with the kind of skill that really draws the viewer in. There's no question that Gay Harden almost single-handedly steals the show as Mrs. Carmody, her wild eyes blazing as she casts down the judgment of the almighty. It's hard to come off more vicious than a inner-dimensional nightmare beast with the face of a human and the body of a pit-bull-sized scorpion/tarantula hybrid, but thankfully for the audience she manages to pull off the "Cooper" role (see Night of the Living Dead) with the kind of relish that can coax an entire theater into despising her. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Thomas Jane is square-jawed perfection as perhaps the most devoted father in the history of modern horror. Alternately nurturing and completely bad-ass, Jane only rings false during the final, crucial moments of the film (though, to be fair, it is difficult to tell how anyone would react under such circumstances). Standouts among the supporting players include William Sadler as a class-conscious local whose mind proves a bit to small to process the horrors around him, and Toby Jones as the meek check-out counter clerk who could teach even Dirty Harry a thing or two about getting a clean shot. When all is said and done, one would be hard-pressed to cite The Mist as a truly ground-breaking horror film, though as with much of Stephen King's written work, it does get the job done amicably while successfully getting under the viewer's skin in a number of ways. Add to that an ending that might just prove too hard-hearted for some, and the result is a rare beast -- a horror film that somehow manages to rob all hope from the viewer, and then send them out into the daylight with a swift kick in the teeth.

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Weinstein Company
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Feature commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Drew Struzan: An appreciation of an artist; Behind-the-scenes webisodes; Trailer gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Jane David Drayton
Marcia Gay Harden Mrs. Carmody
Laurie Holden Amanda Dumfries
Andre Braugher Brent Norton
Toby Jones Ollie
William Sadler Jim Grondin
Jeffrey DeMunn Dan Miller
Frances Sternhagen Irene
Alexa Davalos Sally
Nathan Gamble Billy
Chris Owen Norm
Sam Witwer Jessup
Amin Joseph Actor
Robert C. Treveiler Actor
Brian Libby Actor
David Jensen Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Darabont Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
KNB EFX Makeup Special Effects
Anna Gray Garduno Co-producer
Liz Glotzer Producer
Alex Hajdu Art Director
Denise Huth Co-producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Gregory Melton Production Designer
Giovanna Melton Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Giovanna Ottobre-Melton Costumes/Costume Designer
Randi Richmond Co-producer
Richard Saperstein Executive Producer
Rohn Schmidt Cinematographer
Martin Shafer Producer
George Simpson Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Smith Casting
Hunter M. Via Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Mary Tricia Wood Casting
Stephen King Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mist
1. The Storm [6:02]
2. "Something in the Mist" [11:30]
3. Weird Noises in the Dark [4:40]
4. Norm's Demise [6:27]
5. The Price of Disbelief [3:04]
6. "All We Saw Were Tentacles" [7:11]
7. The End of Days [2:41]
8. "No Defense Against the Will of God" [6:02]
9. "It's Definitely Not Supernatural" [6:44]
10. "They Came Out of the Smoke; Locusts Upon the Earth" [11:29]
11. Faith in Humanity [11:14]
12. Trip to the Pharmacy [8:10]
13. Expiation [3:54]
14. The Arrowhead Project [6:07]
15. Escape From the Market [5:36]
16. Encounters in the Mist [3:01]
17. Hopelessness [13:15]
18. End Credits [8:30]


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Stephen King's The Mist 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in the theatres and totally jumped almost every time a monster was their I saw this movie because tom jane was in it and I totally loved the Punisher and also you will definetly cry at the end I know I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Was this movie another one in the long list of jinxed Stephen King adaptions, or was it just a bad movie all upon its own sorryful merits? I was kind of "jazzed" to see this one. I really like Frank Darabont (The Director), a friend said it had a "really nice sci-fi rationale" to it, and I was just in the mood to get a good "jump" from a monster movie. Very Disappointing. The person I watched it with asked why I didn't "jump" just then? The scares were so predictable & telegraphed I responded "how could I." As to the ending - I sat hoping so very hard that it was not going to go in the foolish direction that it in fact went. This is a perfect example of leaving you wondering what these "experts" are really thinking. The effort & money squandered, to end on such a pitiful ending. I guess the one "highlight" comes through-out the middle in its depiction of the dangerous mob mentality that can take place from fear & ignorance. In this movie the Humans are 100 times more frightening than the monsters. Maybe that was the point, and if so "cheers" to Mr. darabont, but this still doesn't attone for this ending. I am still "stinging" from paying for the two disk version to get my "scare" from the a B & W version. Oh, and waisting two hours of my life in watching it. OUCH!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please will something really hideous devour me where I type, because I am looking at this movie averaging 3.5 stars. People....thats 1.5 stars from it being a Godfather, a Saving Private Ryan, a Blade Runner, a Dark Knight, a Descent, a Titanic, an Alien, a Gladiator, a Shawshank Redemption....OK, I'll stop, but really this is astonishing. I will not even get into plot details, other than to say that the director Frank Darabont, whom I really admire from the aformentioned Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, should be sanctioned by the Directors Guild over this movie, if for nothing else then the absolute horrendousness of the absurdity at the ending. I sat dumbfounded as I could "smell" it coming yet kept saying "nah, no way, he wouldn't possibly end it in such a bush-league way." But boy he sure did. And I also wasted the money to be this disappionted in a special black & white version too, not to mention that I lost 2 hours of my life watching it that I can never retrieve. In trying to decide where to dispose of this movie, I automatically started thinking of just burying it in the back yard, until the wife mentioned that no grass will probally grow there next summer. Definitely a sign of the apocolypse when this movie can accumulate 3.5 stars. .....PS - If my review seems too over-zealous to be taken seriously, well to those of you who may read this before watching, I am going to try as hard as the charachters in this movie who tried to save people from their fates.....this movie was a trully BAD flick capped by a abominable ending. Watch if you must, you have been warned!
NicNac More than 1 year ago
COME ON!!!! If you see this movie, STOP IT when the truck runs out of gas! I am WARNING YOU! You will break the disk and HATE Stephen King. I love most of King's stories, but this was INSANE. Coming from a MOTHER of a SON... this is totally UN-NECESSARY. WHY? Really? WHO would really GIVE UP? I wish I would have never watched this movie. Sadly I was so excited to rent it, now I want to BURN it! I hear the book has a diffrent ending, too bad... not interested.. thx tho!
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Oh, come come. This movie was actually pretty great. Not the best I've ever seen, but good nonetheless. I enjoyed the ending, because it wasn't cliche like most movies. It's atleast worth a watch.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie was a lot of fun! There was the usual mayhem that arises very quickly when people are trapped in one place together, within a day or two in books and movies they start acting crazy and give aliens and monsters reasons to mock us, for trying to end our lives when things go wrong or there is no way out. Well this was no exception, when a small Maine town ( hey it's a King story, of course it's in Maine) gets enveloped in a thick, cloying mist, those fortunate enough who have escaped early can wave goodbye to their friends and family members because something strange is happening and the chances of any survivors are glum.

When David Drayton and his son make a quick trip to the supermarket for supplies after an electrical storm, they have no idea that the store will be their salvation and damnation at the same time. Once the store door closes and the fog closes in, screams in the distance tell everyone that this is no ordinary case of bad weather, not only is it mysterious but it houses creepy creatures that honestly scared and shocked me. The first time David encounters the blood hungry things in the mist is an unforgettable experience, paranoia adds another layer of terror as people who don't believe him need to see it for themselves and that is the beginning of the end. This horror flick was a lot of fun but also kept me in great suspense for almost the entire time, a little draining but worth it except I don't recommend getting too attached to any characters....some of them didn't last very long, and the ways their last moments ended were truly excruciating.

The movie was pretty fast paced; the acting realistic enough and the creatures were not all CG, so that was refreshing. Highly recommended for lovers of suspense and terror and of course banging endings, this one was shocking and quite honestly very raw, almost painful in a strange way when no amount of relief the ending brought could erase the events that perspired before the last minutes.

- Kasia S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie started off okay as most Stephen King movies do. But as usual there has to be a crazy person in it and this one was a supposed Christian. Talk about giving Christians a bad name! Anyway, I think the best part of the movie was the mist and not knowing when or if something was going to jump out at you. The creatures were frighening, but once again the ending was another dismal King failure. I'm still kicking myself for purchasing THE MIST and my family still insists it was the best comedy they've ever seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've never heard of the book but when it said stephen king you automatically know its gonna be weird and scary. this is the story of a group of people, a creepy foggy mist, a WTH ending and of course the most annoying character you ever seen on screen that you can remember. the monsters looked cool especially the octopus. believe me this is better than cloverfield and yes it'll remind you of that. this is like a regular 90s movie type feeling. maybe a little overacting but it wasn't that bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the overall plot line for the beginning, and middle were pretty much spot on, the character development was shoddy at best. But what got me worst and was the most disappointing was the "Shocking Ending", the producers totally flipped the very thesis of the written work from hope to despair. I was majorly disappointed with the movie and will be disposing of it immediately.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a disgrace overall. so much time invested with catchy, intriguing parts... the story was interesting for a while. many of the characters were believable and the revelation of ignorance and desperation that turned into brainwashing and violence got me thinking. the monster pursuits were unique but sometimes repetitive, and the way the group finds out that the military was responsible/invoved was creative... that's all the positive feedback i can think to give. then, the most horrible, gut-wrenching, faith-zapping, disservicing ending possible. it leaves you with no hope or happiness. it is the worst psychological message that i could imagine.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
The Mist? Hm...how to describe this one...? How about "infuriating?" But I'll get to that in just a second.

The plot of The Mist is quite basic. Happy city until a weird fog covers everything and when someone goes into it, the person is attacked and killed by something. It focuses on a group of people trapped in a grocery store, FYI.
Eh...the plot was alright at first. Kind of weird (pterodactyl-type creatures about the size of a dog? Really? o_O Along with giant spiders and dragonflies. Very nice...) but tolerable. Not all that original but something that's ok to see. Now, the brutality of these creatures is a tad sickening in some parts but not too big a deal.

You have your average cliche cast, as well. You've got the one (I think he was the store manager?) trying to keep everyone calm and level-headed. Then you have the father trying to protect his son. Then there's the psycho religious "this is God's punishment for our sins!" woman, which will definitely be on your "must die" list from the very beginning. Then there's the guy who's sure there's nothing out there and everyone's faking it to trick him. And then...well, you just have your generic stupid people.

It has its slow moments and its stupid moments and the moments that will make you laugh from their stupidity. Uh...yeah...that's a quick summary of it.

Then you get the "shocking" ending. Shocking, indeed. This was what made me pretty much hate the movie. I mean...seriously? That's your "solution?" Nice little slap in the face for you too.

You don't have to exactly avoid this one...but brace yourself to chuck the disc out a window after the ending. Had it not been for that, this movie just may have gotten 2 or 3 stars.
MasterGrey More than 1 year ago
Good characters, good acting, good effects and weird creatures and great foggy kinda spooky feel. Although not really scary its is exciting and the ending just kinda makes the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of Horror movies, especially Stephen King's movies and books. I think he still has what it takes to make a good movie. The Mist was just a little different, terribly scary, but its there. The best part I like about King's movies is how the events could relate in real life meaning, what if it could happen, and that, to me make these movies scary. He'll always be No.1 in my book.
spacegirl77 More than 1 year ago
The movie fine.But the ending was bad.I mean bad.Turn it off when they run out of gas cuz the main character kills everyone to spare them,but then the milatery come.If you watch the ending,be prepared to burn it!
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