The Mist (2007)


Written & Directed by: Frank Darabont

Story by: Stephen King (Novel)


Thomas Jane .... David Drayton
Marcia Gay Harden .... Mrs. Carmody
Laurie Holden .... Amanda Dumbfries
Andre Braugher .... Brent Norton
Toby Jones .... Ollie Weeks
Bill Sadler .... Jim
Jeffrey DeMunn .... Dan Miller
Frances Sternhagen .... Irene Reppler
Nathan Gamble .... Billy Drayton
Alexa Davalos .... Sally
Chris Owen .... Norm
Sam Witwer .... Private Jessup

Release Dates: Theatrical: November 21, 2007; Dead by Dawn, Scotland's International Horror Film Festival: April 26, 2008

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After a lightning storm happens a man named Dave Drayton (Thomas Jane) experiences a mist in the lake but thinks nothing of it. However, his son Billy (Nathan Gamble) experiences a boathouse smashed to pieces.
Then the two of them go to the supermarket with their neighbor Brent Norton (Andre Braugher) as it's crowded as usual for people shopping for last minute stuff.
Then they experience the army, fire fighters and the police heading towards the mist as it grows bigger as the shoppers there doesn't have a clue what's going on but then an old local townsfolk with a bloody nose storms in and warns people about the mist and tells the people to close all the doors as the store shakes, as though it was lifted feet above the ground.
One of the employees who is a bag boy named Norm (Chris Owen) checks on something at the loading lock door as Dave experiences a groaning and banging sound. Norm is suddenly grabbed by a creature with squid like tentacles tearing him apart and pulled outside.
When Dave and the rest who experienced this creature tries to warn the others a customer at the store who is a religious fanatic named Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) tells them that God is punishing them and poisons people's minds while they are attacked by giant insects and spiders as well so most of the people are on her side as she tries to plan a sacrifice for these creatures as she thinks that a secret military plan called "Project Arrowhead" is behind all this madness and one of the military members named Private Jessup (Sam Witwer) so this gives Mrs. Carmody an idea for who will be a perfect sacrifice and then Dave and the rest who don't follow her orders are in grave danger on who will be next for these demonic creatures.


Interesting moments with David Drayton painting a picture as well as a storm happening along a tree falling outside on one of their properties which is a fine start to a film. Also later on it looks good when he sees across from the water mist hovering as well as his family questioning it as this was a nice key to what terrors will unleash later on.
Nice moments with David and his son Billy driving to a supermarket as well as spotting emergency vehicles heading towards the mist as this grabs your attention while watching this.
Nice interactions with David talking to one of the employees Ollie Weeks discussing that the power is out and people in a rush to shop for everything which is another nice clue as to what will happen when the mist rolls in.
There is a nice shot on people outside running from the mist hovering over them and covering up a supermarket. Plus a nice creepy feel when the war alarm starts to go on as well as a man in a bloodied face warning others not to go out with the mist happening which looked effective. Plus a good moment when people are looking at the window seeing the mist and things are still as well as a rumbling happening as this leaves a chill down your spine for sure.
Nice moment with a family woman getting emotional and telling everyone that she has to head home and be with her family as well as her walking out and disappearing in the mist as you get a sinking feeling that something will happen to her when we spot this but things are very silent making this moment look truly mysterious.
Perfect powerful moment with everyone arguing about not opening a metal door of the supermarket as well as the employer Jim being stern and aggressive to everyone which all looked natural while watching this. We have a good shot on Norm by looking down at some mist through a half open metal door as well as tentacles grabbing at him but the terrrifying moment during that looked quite corny. Yet it was mysterious as to wondering how this monster came to be.
A perfect moment with Mrs. Carmody praying to herself in a washroom and Amanda Dumbfries talking to her nicely and trying to be a friend as well as this religious fanatic sneering at her as this looked disturbing and psychological to watch as she shows off that this person is plain wicked and crazy.
Perfect intense moments with Brent Norton getting intense and touchy towards David as this was brought to the extreme on someone's fear on what's out there and not thinking straight.
Nice crazy moment with Mrs. Carmody trying to poison people's minds about what God is doing especially talking to a little girl as this seemed to work well into the story as well as showing the horror isn't just what's happening in the mist but with this evil woman's actions towards others. Plus a nice moment when Amanda smacks her for all of this which gives you a nice feeling that this lady needs to shut up.
We also have a nice still moment by the window of the supermarket at night and a nice jumping moment with these giant ugly looking insects attacking at the window as well as great intense moments with them crashing through the window and invading the area as this for sure offers good frights for people and their fears of bugs. A good moment with one of these landing on Mrs. Carmody and her preaching to herself as you wonder if this object will kill her as there's shots on the looks of this ugly insect. It's not as overly scary like you'd think though.
A good scene with some people including a biker agreeing to go outside and using a rope for the end at the store to make sure that they're safe when going out as well as a nice one liner on the biker telling Mrs. Carmody off about his beliefs in God and not being the person she says he is since we know all sorts of people like that and trying to brainwash others. I got a kick out of seeing him say this. Plus a good shot on them disappearing into the mist as well as keeping your eyes peeled watching on what's going to happen next as you fear that the results won't be good at all.
The horror with Mrs. Carmody gets better when she has most of the people convinced that she's telling the truth showing her preaching out loud as well as people cheering her on along with her grabbing a young man from the navy by his throat and being evil as this looked strongly done and intense with this person freaking out as well as what her and some of the others do to him along with throwing him out as a sacrifice as this looked intense and horrifying. A good biref shot on a giant monster coming towards this person which looked well done and creepy too.
A nice moment on a child Billy Drayton crying towards David as a son to a father about the things that are happening outside as well as this boy's fears on him going out.
Perfect moments on David with his other people trying to go out and some creepy customers trying to gang up on him with a riot breaking out as well as Mrs. Carmody trying to get them to have Billy as another sacrtifice as this looked good and psychological wondering if David will fight to make sure his kid is okay. Alot of great intensity that goes on here.
A good shot on David and some others exploring a webbed up diner which looked dark and creepy along with a good shot on Jim with a webbed up Brent grabbing him which the scene tries to make you jump a bit but fails. There are good battling scene's with spiders attacking and people shooting at them. Plus we spot these spiders spitting out their web which burns through others as this makes you creep out wondering who will survive this as well as little baby ones crawling out and attacking. This for sure is a moment that we all had in our nightmares for anyone that fears spiders and other insects too.
Great horrifying moments when David and some of the other gang tries to drive out to get help as David himself realises he left his gun on the front of the car with him trying to grab for it and a spider comes storming towards him in which this makes you watch carefully wondering if he will get his weapon in time. A good shot on the car driving by in the mist along with a gigantic creature walking over the vehicle which was an interesting effect. The ending of this film was quite a disappointment I must admit when they realise their car is out of gas and realising on what has to be done which isn't a happy one.
Bottom line is that the story sounds fascinating and at first with the mist rolling in it seems fascinating in The Fog type fashion but the story alltogether is a total drag. There are some good sequences with gigantic insects and other creatures attacking but most of the time it mainly takes place in the supermarket most of the time with a religious nut posioning people's minds. It really doesn't make sense as to why this is all happening either. The Stephen King novel is apparently better and more understanding.

The acting is not too bad but certain of these people only stand out with the large cast that we have here. Thomas Jane (David Drayton) tries hard with his firm like attitude to carry his part out but sometimes he's a drag but other times can seem to do well. Shows a nice tough as nails behavior I must admit as well as doing an okay job with his blocking like throwing a punch at someone or being aggressive. Also does a nice job with his emotional attitude as well.
(Mrs. Camody) does a nice job as a nasty religious fanatical nutcase in the film making her part truly insane. There's a nice nasty reaction by her on what is going on. Does well by trying to poison other people's minds with her beliefs that God is angry acting all nutty. A nice menacing reaction on her towards somebody else when she plans a sacrifice for the creatures outside as it looked believeably evil. Also does well with her hissing towards others making her believeably unpleasant as well as stood out strongly when preaching to others. She was a great believeable horror character.
Laurie Holden
(Amanda Dumbfries) seems to bring her part across fairly descently as a level headed one at the supermarket with a kind attitude. She draws across as someone whom is open minded and really brought that to life as well as energetic too which shines off. Was also very clear in her speaking. Plus does well acting on the alert for stuff.
Andre Braugher
(Brent Norton) seemed to have a nice tough and blunt attitude to his role almost proving to be a worthy character actor. There's a good stern attitude with him towards his fellow actor by not being convinced that something is out there. He knew on how to act touchy or outrageous as well showing a true fearsome behavior and not thinking straight as he studied his role wonderfully.
Toby Jones
(Ollie Weeks) was fair in his role as an employee of the supermarket in which offers a convincingly friendly and sociable attitude and coems across as a smart type of fellow too. Was good with his speaking. Also does well revealing his aggressions and energy while firing a gun towards someone else really going at full thrust.
William Sadler
(Jim) shows good loud aggressions to his part as he also comes across as believeably annoying too. He was convincing by being arrogant as well as obnoxious in which you feel like hitting him. Also was great by showing his powerful attitude when his mind is poisoned about what is out there and knew on how to act vicious with what he's doing as well.
Frances Sternhagen (Irene Reppler) showed it off strongly as an elederly one whom was believeable by acting tough as well as speaking her mind. SHows off a good hearted and no nonsense type of attitude. I found that she was one of the most effective supporting roles into the story as she offers some good characteristics.
Nathan Gamble (Billy Drayton) does a nice job acting like a happy go lucky child in the beginning of his performance and showing off alot of good spunk and then offering a good versatile attitude when the terror starts to strike by crying in fear or being upset with certain situations. He brings all of this in a believeable fashion.

A young man's flesh is town off by tentacles
A remains of a body is pulled by a rope from outside
A mans body is bubbled up with bugs coming out of him
Insects chew peoples faces and other parts off
A person is stabbed
People are chewed up
A bullet shot in the head

Not a huge songtrack score by Mark Isham. However, he does have some good humming sounds as well as a woman's chant which seemed necessary for the certain plots in this film. Plus some light sounds and the odd organ music too. There's also nice jungle type drum playing when these evil looking insects starts to invade the area and attacking others.

Billy Drayton: [running towards his parents] Mom! Dad! You gotta come see!
Stephanie Drayton: Hey Billy, take it easy, alright? I really don't want you running all over the place.
Billy Drayton: You gotta come look at... the boathouse smashed. Holy crap!
Stephanie Drayton: Billy...
Billy Drayton: Sorry mom, but you just gotta... come on, come on... whoa!
Stephanie Drayton: Whoa.
David Drayton: Whoa.

Amanda Dunfrey: I just want you to know that it's okay... being scared. And, well, if you need a friend, someone to talk too...
Mrs. Carmody: I have a friend. God, up above. I talk to him everyday. Don't you condescend me.
Amanda Dunfrey: I'm sorry?
Mrs. Carmody: Not ever. You don't mock me.
Amanda Dunfrey: That's not what I was doing.
Mrs. Carmody: I'll tell you what. The day I need a friend like you, I'll just have myself a little squat and shit one out.

Biker: Hey, crazy lady, I believe in God, too. I just don't think he's the bloodthirsty asshole you make him out to be.
Mrs. Carmody: Well, you take that up with the Devil when you run into him. You just chat it over at your leisure.

Ollie: [Mrs. Carmody is preaching to her 'cult' and they're repeating expiation] Welcome to Sesame Street, kids. Today's word is 'expiation'.

Myron: [looking into the mist] So... any boogeymen?

Ollie: We have to tell them. The people in the market. We have to stop them from going outside.
David Drayton: They won't believe us.
Ollie: They have to.
David Drayton: I'm not sure I believe it, and I was here. What we saw was impossible. You know that, don't you? What do we say? How do we... convince them? Ollie, what the hell were those tentacles even attached to?

Mrs. Carmody: [to Amanda] If you hit me again, if you dare, you'll be on your knees to me before this is through.

Brent Norton: Now listen people. We are experiencing some kind of disaster. I don't know whether it's man-made or natural, but I do know that it's definitely not supernatural. Or biblical. And no offense Mrs. Carmody, but the only way we're going to help ourselves is to seek rescue. We're going out.
David Drayton: Brent, look...
Brent Norton: I'm not discussing this any further.
David Drayton: I know. I just want to ask a favor.
[grabs some rope]
David Drayton: Tie this around your waist.
Brent Norton: What for?
David Drayton: It'll let us know you at least got three hundred feet.

Ollie: [Ollie just fired 2 shots] I killed her.
David Drayton: Thank you Ollie.
Ollie: I killed her. I wouldn't have done that if there had been any other way.
David Drayton: That's why I said thank you.

Irene: [after hurling a can of peas at Mrs. Carmody] Shut up, you miserable buzzard! Stoning people who piss you off is perfectly okay. They do it in the Bible, don't they? And I got lots of peas!

David Drayton: [screaming into the mist] Come on!