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          After a mysterious mist envelops a small New England town, a group of locals trapped in a supermarket must battle a siege of otherworldly creatures... and the fears that threaten to tear them apart.

"As a species, we're fundamentally insane. Put two of us in a room, we pick sides, and start dreaming up ways to kill one another."
               - Ollie

         It's been along time since a Stephen King horror adaption has been so perfectly portrayed onto film. The film's director, Frank Darabont, has been hugely successful with other Stephen King adaptions such as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, arguably two of the best films of all time. So it seems appropriate he would take on another Stephen King project. As a matter of fact, in 1992 Frank Darabont faced a decision which would alter the future of his work with Stephen King. Make The Mist or The Shawshank Redemption? His choice for Shawshank was a smart one. In 1992-1994 there wasn't the advance in special effects there are now so the challenge of pulling off many of the scenes for The Mist would've been very challenging. Shawshank needed no special effects, so the right decision was made... in my humble opinion.
         The film opens with our main character, David Drayton (played by Thomas Jane), painting a picture in his study. (Fans of Stephen King will instantly recognize what he's painting, the gunslinger "Roland" from the Dark Tower series. See picture here) Soon after, a nasty storm rolls in and nearly destroys most of the town. The next morning we see a heavy mist descending from the nearby mountains. David Drayton, his son Billy Drayton and asshole neighbor Brent Norton head into town for some supplies.
         After arriving at the local supermarket, and realizing half the town is there to stock up on supplies, a bleeding man runs out of the incoming mist screaming about how it "took" a local man and demands the doors are closed. The building begins to shake after the mist consumes it and the stage is set for an onslaught of foreign creatures, the instinct to survive and copious amounts of religious rhetoric.
         This film is about more than a bunch of people defending the supermarket they're trapped in from monsters and unspeakable horrors which lurk in the mist. It's about what happens to the human mind under extreme stress and the possibility of unavoidable doom. The extreme psychological stressors which can make a person do things they would never do under normal circumstances and even begin to believe in the unbelievable.
         There's a woman trapped in the store who is known around town as the local crazy. After waves of horrifying attacks and her constant preaching about how God has chosen her as the "vessel" of his will, people begin seeing her as a prophet more than a loony. As things get worse, more people begin to believe her ludicrous claims and before the strong-willed people know it, they are trapped inside a building with the female version of Jim Jones and her dedicated cult. Talk about being trapped between a rock and a hard place. Do you stay and wait for everyone to begin murdering each other and committing mass-suicide, or do you take your chances with the mist and risk a horrifying and painful death? These are the decisions our characters must make.
         As it turns out, the military had recently constructed a base in the nearby mountains where they were working on a project known only as "The Arrow Head Project." With new technology, they were attempting to peer into other worlds and dimensions by constructing a "window" to see what might be on the other side. Instead, they created a door which spewed out the mist and a good amount of creatures following it.
         Speaking of the creatures, I was impressed with how they turned out. I'll admit, I'm not one for loads of computerized monsters (I'm an old-school prop and make-up guy) but it would've been nearly impossible to film many of the monster scenes with nothing but foam latex and clever props. The scene where the flying creatures breech the outer defenses wouldn't have worked, nor would the mega-huge monsters. There's one creature near the end which gave me that feeling most people felt when seeing the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park for the first time. This fuckin' thing is H-U-G-E. Hundreds of feet tall with feet that shake the ground so violently, it makes the Tyrannosaurus Rex in Jurassic Park look like a family pet. (See that 6-legged behemoth here)
         It comes down to this, people. The Mist is a phenomenal film. It's an old-school monster/creature plot created in the modern age of film. It kicks the atrocious "new-age" horror films (The Grudge, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, ect.) square in the balls and pisses on them while they're down. A big thanks to Stephen King and Frank Darabont for combining talents and creating this masterpiece!

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          - This isn't William Sadler's first time with The Mist. He played David Drayton in an audio version of the story.

          - The track during the final scenes (and over this page) is "The Host of Seraphim" by Dead Can Dance.

          - To help save time on the tight schedule, the producers and director Frank Darabont hired the camera crew from The Shield, to shoot the film. This camera crew is able to move fast, due to the hectic TV production schedule. There was an "A" and a "B" unit, which cut down on production time.

          - Filmed on a budget of $17,000,000. Grossed $35,400,000 in the USA.

          - In the opening shot of the film, David is drawing in his room. The picture he's drawing is a design from Stephen King's Dark Tower series of the gunslinger Roland. (See picture here) Another design in the room is that of the poster of John Carpenter's The Thing. John Carpenter also wrote and directed The Fog, which shares obvious themes with The Mist.

          - Besides the Gunslinger illustration at the beginning of the film, The Mist shares another direct connection to the Dark Tower cycle, written by Stephen King. This is the line "My life for you," spoken by Mrs. Carmody. This has been said by a number of villainous characters in the Dark Tower books, who had sworn allegiance to Walter o'Dim, one of the major antagonists. (Walter o'Dim made his first appearance in an earlier King novel, The Stand, under the alias Randall Flagg, and the line is spoken there as well.)

          - During an action scene in the film, a man runs into a wire rotating-book shelf in the grocery store, and as the shelf topples over, a Stephen King paperback can briefly be seen flying off as the shelf falls.

          - When the group is in the next-door pharmacy, David can be seen taking a comic book as promised for his son -- an issue of Hellboy.

          - According to Cinefex magazine, there is a favorite scene near the end of the book that was not in the script. In the scene, David Dreyton and the others with him in the vehicle, witness a giant, 6-legged behemoth walk over them. (See picture here) Darabont originally had excised this scene from his script. However, several of the people working with the special effects company CafeFX, convinced him to put it back into the film.



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