Movie of the Day – The Mist

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 Frank Darabont’s The Mist is one of my most favorite horror flicks.  Based on Stephen King’s book of the same name, Darabont’s version tweaked the story (most noticeably the end and some relationships between characters) and mostly stuck the landing. My only gripes for the most part are based around the designs of the creatures.  They were pretty good but not as good as the creatures I imagined in my head when reading the book. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t read on and go watch it.  Then come back and see if you agree with me.   Let’s dive into some reasons why this movie is awesome with some good old fashioned bullet points:

  • It’s all about alternate dimensions and monsters.  Two of my favorite things.
  • The fact you can watch this in a black and white thanks to Darabont including it on the blu ray version.  It’s awesome in color and incredibly awesome in b&w in my opinion.
  • Tom Jane.  Every time he shows up in something I know I’ll probably enjoy it on some level.  He brings the goods in his portrayal of David Drayton.
  • The nod to The Dark Tower series in the painting that David is working on in the beginning of the movie.  I love little touches like this in movies.
  • Bill Sadler is in it.  Bill Sadler is great.
  • It has a good selection of great actors/actresses: Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen. and Melissa McBride all put in great performances as one of the many townspeople.
  • Irene and her can of peas.
  • Watching how Darabont shows the divide happening between the two factions of townspeople throughout the ordeal.  The creatures are great, but the humans are the best part.
  • The death of The Sherminator:
  • As a species we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two 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?
  • Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Carmody.  You will HATE her in this.   The scene with her and Sam Witwer is amazing.
  • The pharmacy scene.  Fucking spiders, man….*shudder*
  • This thing:
  • And of course, the ending.  Much darker than King’s version and Tom Jane sells it.  So hard.