Retro Review: The Mist (2007)

It is a surprise that this has not been reviewed before this.  This television show of the Mist is recording on my DVR as I write this article.

The Mist is a film based on the 1980 Novella from Stephen King.  When I first saw the Mist I really had no idea what I was in for.  I literally put it in my queue, remember when Netflix was DVDs only?  Yeah, it showed up one day and I popped it in the ole DVD player and wow was it awesome.  I really didn’t know what to expect.  Back in those days you just loaded up you queue with all kinds of shit and it would show up.  This one was a happy surprise.

Synopsis:

After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.

Damn this movie.  It is pretty intense, after storm and in to the grocery store, just really intense.  The movie is a mix between a creature feature to what happens to when everyone loses their minds.  I mean that is what is more intense.  the zealot who ends up creating a mini lynch mob within the group who are stuck in the store because no one knows what is in the mist.  It is a lose, lost situation for the people who keep their sanity.

But there are so many different things that are in the mist that covers the entire town.  There are these, worm things that eat you, some kind of flying mosquito things and scary ass spiders.  The Mist keeps you on edge, stay in the store or make a run for the unknown.

The biggest surprise comes with one of the most fucked up endings in film history.  Which I cannot give away if you haven’t seen the Mist.  Just take my word for it.  I remember the first time I watched the movie and thought to myself, “what in the hell?”

Overall, the movie is terrific, it is intense and scary and plays on many different levels.  Like I said there are creatures out there, there are creatures inside the store.  This is a great horror movie.  I think it is a little over looked and underrated in the horror circles and I am not sure why.  Perhaps with a somewhat resurgance of Stephen King’s work, it will get picked up by new fans and rewatched by people who may have not given it a fair chance.

IMDB.com has a rating of 7.2, which is surprising

I give the Mist a 8.2 overall

I just love this film, it has a high creep value and tons of intense dread.  Go ahead and watch the Mist again.

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There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)