The Horror Section – The Mist

Year: 2007
Director: Frank Darabont
Star: Thomas Jane

Hell. Yes.

Honestly, this is one of the coolest horror movies I’ve ever seen.

The brilliance to a really great horror film is simpliticy. If films starting having too much going on, especially in a horror movie, it can totally take you out of the experience. The Mist doesn’t try to do any of that, it gives you a cool idea, and just runs with it.

A mist falls over a town, bringing something evil inside of it. So a group of towns folk are trapped inside a grocery store, and the film deals with what happens to people when they’re confronted with an unforeseen, unimaginable scenario that’s life or death.

Those that venture out of the store are only heard from again seconds later as they scream. Glimpses of creatures and monsters are shown, but nothing ever too concrete as to leave a good amount of mystery through out the film. And that’s another part of the brilliance, it just keeps you wanting more.

Now, this idea alone is awesome. People trapped, wanting to get to their loved ones try and venture out only to be torn to shreds, and then not even the store is safe. But they also put in the sub-plot of a crazy religious woman inside the store as well, who believes this is all about the end of the world. Slowly, as people’s sanity starts to crumble, she gains followers, and talks of sacrifices and such start to come up.

I simply can’t say enough. The monsters look great, the plot is simple and so well played out, the kills look great, and so is the atmosphere. It’s fantastic.

The ending was a source of controversy. I won’t say it here, for those who haven’t seen it, but for those who have, you know what I’m talking about. I LOVED the ending, it was so fucking cool. It was twisted, and something you wouldn’t even begin to expect. It’s one of those “never give up” type message, and anyone who doesn’t like the ending is a moron. It’s one of those things where it’s not a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of what I say is right, and what you say is wrong.


~ by Caliber Winfield on October 14, 2011.

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