THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS TO THE FILM. IF YOU INTEND TO SEE THE FILM DON’T READ THIS YET. READ IT AFTERWARDS.
I am not a big fan of horror films at all and even less fond of Stephen King, so The Mist was certainly not on my list of films to see. The thing that changed my mind was hearing that the director Frank Darabont was offered a huge amount of money, I think they were prepared to double his fee, to change the ending for a more Hollywood friendly version, but he refused.
So in way of supporting his decision not to bow to the focus groups I had to see it.
After a bit of a slow start the film settles into a whats outside suspense style film. A group of people get holed up at there local supermarket (which in my book is scary enough, imagine getting stuck in Woolworths) whilst outside a mist has descended and anyone caught in the mist is killed by things unseen. Well unseen at least for the first part of the film.
This genre of film tends to have horribly predictive heroes with ‘lets roll’ kind of moments as the main character grabs a knife between his teeth and switches his twin AKs to full auto whilst shouting some witty one liners as he kicks alien/mutant/zombie arse. None of that in this film, thank god. The film remains firmly planted in reality, well as far as people go. Outside the store reality has gone to pot.
As fear of whats outside increases order and society starts to crumble which brings us to a great character, Mrs Carmody. She is extremely religious and believes what is happening is the end of days and begins to preach to the people about how only the righteous shall survive. You know, the usual Bible preacher stuff. The people in there desperation and lack of anything better to cling too follow her and she promotes herself to a vessel from god.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away so will just say that it’s not a feel good film but is wonderfully dark and nasty film. It also reminded me of the game Half Life, at least in the look of the creatures. Thankfully the director did not change the ending. I can imagine what the studio wanted, shudder.