Stephen King is without doubt the modern master of the horror genre. What I find interesting is how well his books adapt to the big screen, and The Mist is no exception. If you want scary, this is the movie for you!

Commercial artist David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his wife Stephanie (Kelly Collins Lintz) are at home when a violent storm hits and ends up sending a tree through his studio’s window and a neighbors’ tree on top of his boathouse, destroying it. After looking over the damages David and his neighbor Brent Norton (Andre Braugher) go to town along with David’s 5 year old son Billy (Nathan Gamble) to the local super market for some supplies. There they find the power off, like the rest of the town. While in the store the customers notice a lot of fire trucks and police cars passing in front of the store when suddenly a man, Dan Miller (Jeffery DeMunn) comes running up to the front door with a bloody nose screaming to let him in warning everyone not to go out into the mist because there was something in it. Suddenly the parking lot was filled with an ‘out of this world’ mist. They find themselves stranded inside the store when they are hit by an earthquake.

It is at this point that we meet Mrs Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden). I don’t know what it is about this actress, but she is superb at playing ‘the crazy woman’. Her performance in The Mist is every bit as good as her efforts in Canvas. Mrs Carmody is firmly of the belief that this is the end!

Meanwhile David finds that the reason the emergency generator is not working is because the exhaust  vent is clogged. Bag boy Norm (Chris Owen) offers to go outside to unplug the vent, but David is leery of him doing this, there are odd banging noises outside. (In)saner minds prevail, and they start to open the loading dock door…….

The phrase ‘Something evil this way comes’ springs to mind right about here! I am squeamish at the best of times, and from here on in The Mist becomes a collage of blood, gore, and sheer horror. In other words, it is Stephen King at work.

The Mist is available in a two DVD collectors edition on March 25. Along with the movie itself are lots of bonus features and deleted scenes. One of the things I always enjoy are the ‘behind the scenes’ look at the making of a movie, particularly the special effects. You can pick up your copy of The Mist at your local video store or order from Amazon.

My co-reviewer (aka my wife Jan) loved this movie, while I was hiding behind the couch with my eyes closed and my fingers in my ears, “tell me when the scene is over”.

Simon Barrett

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