The end of times has come. Not in flames, but in mist. – Mrs. Carmondy
Can we talk about The Mist? I mean seriously the world was supposed to end but it isn’t looking likely. So there is no better time then now to have a serious mother effing kiki about this under rated gem of a flick. At this point in history there have been more Stephen King adaptations then come out then pretty much any other author I can think of. Now since this movie is only from 2007 and wasn’t one of those movies that every horror hound saw I am not going to have any spoilers in this review. I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone this time round. I will say that it has quite possibly one of the best endings of a film in the last decade. Not just for a horror flick but just in general.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with what it is about I will give you a brief run down before I pontificate any more about it’s awesomeness. The Mist is based on a Stephen King novella and tells the story of a group of people who after a severe storm are stuck in a grocery store when a mysterious and possibly deadly mist descends upon the town. Some sort of creatures serving Lovecraft realness are lurking in the mist just out of site quickly bringing about the demise of anyone who dare leave the confines of the store and enter the mist. What follows is a tense and emotional film in which the real monsters are not necessarily outside but inside the store as well. The monsters take a back seat to the various people trapped in the store as the stress of the situation quickly begins to effect everyone in different ways. Religious fervor, macho pissing contests and cabin fever become increasingly dangerous as time passes.
Now in addition to just being all kinds of awesome this movie has so much more going for it then just a great story. Stellar performances are turned in by pretty much the entire cast. Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Law & Order: SVU) is at her deranged best as Mrs. Carmondy the local religious zealot. Thomas Jane (Hung) is David who serves as the hero as he tries to keep order for the sake of his son who accompanied him to the store just before the mist fell. Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead, Silent Hill) is heart breakingly good as Amanda who quickly becomes a mother figure to David’s son. We also get supporting roles from Jefferey DeMunn and Melissa McBride (Dale and Carol on The Walking Dead) and sessy fuck Sam Witwer (Being Human US) as a local soldier from the near by army base. And Toby Jones (Infamous and the voice of Dobby in the Harry Potter films) as the manager of the store round out the kind of cast that would be just at home in the latest Oscar buzzed indie flick. It isn’t often that a movie comes along that can have you jump in your seat and covering your eyes throughout and shedding tears by the finale. Since it doesn’t seem likely the world will end I suggest checking out what is one of the better horror films of the 2000s and definitely a classic of the end of the world genre.
And bonus points if you can get your hands on the 2 disc DVD which apparently has a Black and White option. My dvd is just a clearence rack double feature so I haven’t seen it but I bet this feature would be fantastic!