The Mist starts off as a routine horror flick, with deliberately-B movie style monsters, blood and screaming people running madly about. And, to be fair, it doesn’t pretend to be anything else at first. But as the film goes on, the viewer discovers that this powerful fantasy disaster from Frank Darabont, adapted from a novella by Stephen King, is not to be underestimated.
Trapped in a supermarket, the residents of a small New England town are plagued by monsters. To be fair to them, they put up a good defence. From hacking off toothed tentacles to setting fire to winged beasts, they try to fight the horrors and keep control of their emotions. Although I’m trying my hardest not to spoil anything that may come as a surprise to a first-time viewer, I must mention the grim, hard to accept ending which packs so many punches it’s hard to recover from the shock it renders.
The Mist (2008), directed by Frank Darabont, is released on blu-ray and DVD by Momentum Pictures, Certificate 15.