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The Mist (2007)

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A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writers:

Frank Darabont (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... David Drayton
Marcia Gay Harden ... Mrs. Carmody
Laurie Holden ... Amanda Dunfrey
Andre Braugher ... Brent Norton
Toby Jones ... Ollie Weeks
William Sadler ... Jim
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dan Miller
Frances Sternhagen ... Irene Reppler
Nathan Gamble ... Billy Drayton
Alexa Davalos ... Sally
Chris Owen ... Norm
Sam Witwer ... Private Jessup
Robert C. Treveiler ... Bud Brown (as Robert Treveiler)
David Jensen ... Myron
Melissa McBride ... Woman With Kids at Home
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Storyline

The Draytons - David, Steff and their son Billy - live in a small Maine town. One night a ferocious storm hits the area, damaging their house. The storm is accompanied by a strange mist the following morning. David and Billy and their neighbour Brent Norton go into town and find themselves trapped in a grocery store with several other people. There they discover that the mist contains something frightening and intent on killing humans. Written by grantss

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Belief divides them, mystery surrounds Them, but fear changes everything See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, terror and gore, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Mist See more »

Filming Locations:

Minden, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,931,973, 24 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,593,755
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color | Black and White (Director's Cut)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David's jeep is a 1968 Toyota Land Cruiser [FJ55]. See more »

Goofs

When they are leaving the market, all those headlights on the truck would produce a bright blinding wall of light in the mist. They would see nothing in front of the truck. See more »

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[first lines]
Billy Drayton: Whoa!
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The end credits begin as the song at the end of the film fades out. As the end credits roll up the screen, the sounds of military vehicles (helicopters, tanks, APCs, etc.) can be heard over the credits. See more »

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In two little Scenes the German/European-Version of the film is longer than the US-Version. See more »

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The Humanity of Horror
3 May 2008 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

If, two years ago, you told me that within a couple of years two excellent Stephen King film adaptations would be released, I would probably have laughed it off. Films like The Shining, Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me, The Stand and 1408 are usually pretty far between (Note that I consider The Green Mile and Carrie to be the most over-rated King adaptations, so they do not appear here). I like most of the films that have been made from Stephen King novels, novellas, and short stories mainly because I like Stephen King, but I do not recommend many of them as truly good films.

Frank Darabont's (writing and directing) The Mist adapts a horror novella of the same name. King's horror work has been the most difficult material to adapt, but this film is comparable to other genre stand-outs such as The Shining and 1408.

A brief, dramatic thunderstorm is followed by a freak mist that descends on a small New England town. As the mist permeates the town, people congregate in the local supermarket and hardware store to stock up and gather supplies. David Drayton (Thomas Jane), his son (Nathan Gamble), and his neighbor (Andre Braugher) are among them. Tension builds as a steady stream of military vehicles pass through the mist headed south from a nearby base. But serious concern doesn't start until one of the locals runs to the supermarket with blood spatters on his clothing and talking of monsters in the mist.

Indeed, there are horrors outside in the fog, but there are also horrors inside the market - as paranoia, irrationality and religion come into conflict with practical issues of survival.

Unlike many horror films, The Mist examines fear and its effects realistically, looks at the horror created by forces beyond human control and the even more terrifying horror that fear creates through forces that are completely within our grasp - our own fears, our beliefs and our treatment of each other. It does so using a classic formula which is comparable to films like Night of the Living Dead and, more recently, Feast.

The cinematography, editing and directing are all excellent. The acting is quite good - Marcia Gay Harden and William Sadler stood out for me - and the script is exactly where it needed to be for this adaptation.

Highly recommended for King fans and horror fans. Recommended for Sci-Fi fans. Weakly recommended for average cinema-goers who are not generally interested in horror.


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