Release year: 2007
Director: Frank Darabont
Screenwriter: Frank Darabont, Stephen King (Novel)
Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, Nathan Gamble, Frances Sternhagen, William Sadler
Ratings: 1 Saturn Award: Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)
After a storm a strange mist comes down from the mountains enshrouding a small town. A group of people are stuck at a supermarket, with locked doors, because something is in the mist and it is not friendly.
Adapted from the Stephen King novella of the same name, this is directed by Frank Darabont who also directed the King adaptions The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999). There is something about King’s universe that works brilliantly in his literary work but doesn’t adapt well to the screen. Darabont has made the best adaptions of his work, and while the speciel effects in this movie are not excactly the best seen, it gains strength from the fact that most of the time, the horror is hidden in fog. Another things that makes this work, is the fact that it besides being a horror movie is a fascinating look into human nature. As the frustration and fear grow among the people in tha supermarket, it slowly becomes unclear whether the real monsters are outside in the mist or locked up inside with the lead characters. Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea 1999) is great as the dad doing what ever possible to try to rescue his son, both from the danger but also from the horror of what goes on around them. He is supported by excellent performances from a very sympathetic Toby Jones (The Hunger Games 2012) and a truly brilliant Frances Sternhagen (Misery 1990) while Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River 2003) shines as the religious Mrs. Carmody, who preaches louder and louder as things get worse and worse. If you have read the novella don’t assume that means you know the ending. Darabont changed the ending and fought hard to keep his version, an ending King has claimed he wishes he had thought of himself.
It is one of the better movie adaption of King’s work, but the ending is an aquired taste.
Stephen King says that he was genuinely frightened by this adaption of his novella; Frank Darabont described that as the happiest moment in his career.
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