Directed by: Frank Darabont
Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Steven King gets a lot of flak for approaching horror writing as a mad lib, and, well, The Mist is pretty good proof of that. It’s like a lazy ripoff of a Twilight Zone episode (actually, watching The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street would be a WAY better use of your time).
A group of people get trapped inside a supermarket in a small town when a strange mist covers everywhere, and people who go into it tend to get eaten and torn apart. Tensions rise and one woman starts a cult believing that the monsters are sent by God to end the world. A couple people decide to fight all the big mutant bugs and tentacle monsters and just drive away safely. Huh. Seems a lot easier than you’d think it would be to escape the end of days.
I’m just going to go ahead and spoil the ending of this movie, which is that the mist is caused by a military experiment gone wrong, which has opened a portal into another world full of big bugs and monsters that eat people. I’m spoiling this because it’s fucking stupid and, again, really lazy. If the tense situation between the people in the grocery store was actually developed in any sort of interesting way, I could totally forgive the monsters for being stupid throwaways, but it isn’t. Maybe in the original story it is, as Steven King’s strength is in the little details and describing people’s mental states, but none of that comes through in the film.