Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Horror Review: Stephen King's - The Mist (2007)

The morning after a violent thunderstorm a mysterious mist starts descending on a small town, the townsfolk soon rush to the local supermarket to stock up on supplies but soon find themselves trapped inside as the mist surrounds them. Now it becomes a fight for survival and a look at the psychological state of what happens in a situation like this.

This Sci-F-/Horror, based on a Stephen King book of the same name, although the book was released just under 30 years before the film, I must admit, is a personal favourite of mine. The film is so well done and the characters are just fantastic.

The film is VERY well cast with Thomas Jane as our main character "David Drayton", An artist who is trapped in the market with his young son. There's also Marcia Gay Harden as the religiously fanatic character "Mrs. Carmody", who plays the role so well, she thoroughly deserved an Oscar award for her performance, yes she can get irritating but that's the point of her character. You've also got a great cast of supporting roles, with people such as Laurie Holden, Chris Owen, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhaggen, Samuel Witwer & more. Seriously there couldn't be a better cast for this film.

Thomas Jane is also fantastic in this film, fighting for the safety of his terrified son "Billy" who's trapped with him, he plays his role perfectly and you feel like you're in the fight with him and everyone else. Thats the good thing about one location films, you feel trapped with them and draw yourself into the film right along side them.

If you haven't seen this film I truly suggest you give it a try, it a film that divides some Horror fans, but give it a try, just make sure you watch all the way to the end ;)

To see the trailer for "The Mist" click here

Miscellaneous facts about the film:
  • In the opening shot of the film, David is painting in his room. The picture he's drawing is a design from Stephen King's Dark Tower series of the gunslinger Roland. Another design in the room is that of the poster of "John Carpenter's The Thing". John Carpenter also wrote and directed The "Fog", which shares obvious themes with The Mist.
  • Besides the Gunslinger illustration at the beginning of the film, The Mist shares another direct connection to the Dark Tower series of novels, written by Stephen King. This is the line "My life for you," spoken by Mrs. Carmody. This has been said by a number of villainous characters in the Dark Tower books, who had sworn allegiance to Walter o'Dim, one of the major antagonists. (Walter o'Dim made his first appearance in several earlier King novels, one the first being The Eyes of the Dragon, under the alias Randall Flagg, and the line is spoken there as well.) The Mist is one of the first short stories to refer to cross reference the Dark Tower. That same line, "My life for you," is used by Trashcan in The Stand movie as well as the book. This is also a reference made to Randall Flagg although in a different book.
  • During an action scene in the film, a man runs into a wire rotating-book shelf in the grocery store. If you look carefully, you can clearly see that all the books on the shelf are written by Stephen King.
  • Frank Darabont agreed to make the film with Dimension only under the condition that no matter what, they wouldn't change the scripted ending. They agreed.
  • Director Frank Darabont originally wanted the film shown in black and white. The 2-disc DVD release contains Darabont's black and white version on the second disc.
  • The pharmacy next to the Food House store is called "King's Pharmacy", most likely a reference to author Stephen King. Coincidentally, Stephen King himself once had a cameo as a pharmacist in the film adaptation of his novel Thinner.
  • Director Frank Darabont wanted to cast Stephen King in a supporting role, but King turned his offer down. The role eventually went to Brian Libby.
  • In the pharmacy scene, when David Drayton is collecting a comic book for his son, Frank Darabont proposed to Thomas Jane that he should grab a copy "The Punisher: War Journal" since Jane played the Punisher three years earlier. Jane declined because he had a falling out with the producers of the The Punisher franchise and decided not to return for the sequel. He instead grabs an issue of "HellBoy" as a shout out to friend Ron Perlman.
  • The third film Frank Darabont has adapted from Stephen King's work. The other two are "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile".
  • Stephen King says that he was genuinely frightened by this adaption of his novel; Frank Darabont described that as the happiest moment of his career.
  • This is Thomas Jane's second Stephen King movie. He played Henry in Dreamcatcher.
  • David calls his son "Big Bill", a reference to the character Bill Denbrough from Stephen King's 'It'. Bill Denbrough's nickname was also "Big Bill"

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