Mist, The (Horror) [Movie/Review]

9/10

Year: 2007
Genre: Horror
Director: Frank Darabont
Source: Blu-Ray (Momentum Pictures)

PLOT:
David, Steff and their son Billy – live in a small Maine town. One night a ferocious storm hits the area, damaging their house. The storm is accompanied by a strange mist the following morning. David and Billy and their neighbour Brent Norton go into town and find themselves trapped in a grocery store with several other people. There they discover that the mist contains something frightening and intent on killing humans.

OPINION:
I usually like horror or any movie with a religious (Satanic) theme, and The Mist kind of have that… the end days. Also a favourite for me is closed environments like a cabin in the woods, a room, a car or like in a grocery store here.

I like the main leads, Thomas Jane and Laurie Holden, but for me Toby Jones, Andy Braugher and Marcia Gay Harden steals the show. Marcia is just amazing as the wierd christian fanatic.

The wonderful camera work is another high point, which makes it all feel even more alive so to speak.

I would give this 10/10 if it wasn’t for those damn CGI effects that shines through especially when the bugs hit the screen. All I can see is that ”cartoon” bugs all of a sudden invades the store.

Ollie (Toby Jones):
As a species, we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than 2 of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another.Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

SPOILER:
I just love the ending … it could actually be my favourite ending of a horror movie ever. It’s so dark, ruthless, pitch black, nihilistic and with that so refreshing that the director got the ending he wanted and not the usual happy Hollywood thing.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND:
Despite the setting in Maine, the film was shot entirely in Louisiana and Texas. To Frank Darabont’s delight, Stephen King could not distinguish it from Maine when watching the film

This is the third film Frank Darabont has adapted from Stephen King’s work. The other two are The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999). Stephen King himself says that he was genuinely frightened by this adaption of his novella; Frank Darabont described that as the happiest moment of his career.

To help save time on the tight schedule, the producers and director Frank Darabont hired the camera crew from The Shield (2002), to shoot the film. This camera crew was used to move fast, due to the hectic TV production schedule. There was an “A” and a “B” unit, which cut down on production costs. The whole movie was shot in 37 days.

SOUNDTRACK:
Mark Isham, born in 1951, New York USA is a composer to almost an uncountable number of soundtracks since the late 1970’s.

The soundtrack he made here is just amazing, really moody and fit the movies atmosphere and impending doom like hand in glove. It needs a vinyl release immidetly.

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BLU-RAY:
Momentum Pictures 2-disc version has both the regular version and the black & white version that is the directors choice. It’s also has a great making-of documentary among other things.

Extras:
Audio commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont and producer Denise Huth 
Deleted and extended scenes (with optional audio commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont.
Interview with author Stephen King and writer/director Frank Darabont
“When Darkness Came: The Making of The Mist” documentary
“Taming the Beast: The Making of Scene 35” featurette
“Monsters Among Us: A Look at the Creature FX” featurette
“The Horror of it All: The Visual FX of The Mist” featurette
“Drew Struzan: An Appreciation of an Artist” featurette
Webisodes / Theatrical trailers

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