Mar 13, 2008

The Mist

Who would have ever thought, one of the greater monsters films of the generation would be based off of a Stephen King story? Many of his adaptations to the screen can be deemed as utter trash, save 1408, Maximum Overdrive, and Graveyard Shift. Frank Darabont (The director of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile) makes another great King adaptation. Maybe he should be the permanent Stephen King adapter.

The one aspect that can shine light on this film amongst the many monster films that have arrived is the realist concept for it. Horror fans, and religious nuts trapped in a supermarket, realize that the thick mist that has blanketed the town has a more menacing creature(s) living in it.

One religious nut goes as far to denounce every god except the god of the Israelites. Many wicked beasties being called an Old Testament god might be a little too nutty for my taste. Thomas Jane was a bit disappointing in his role as The Punisher, so i never got a proper first impression from the man. Thomas Jane is now cinema's Henry Rollins. The film spouts all excellent performances. I don't think there is a single sore thumb amongst the cast.

Despite the cast, the cinematography is amazing and there isn't much of a soundtrack to be found. Again, this only compliments the realist factor. The creatures seem Harryhausen inspired, and feature many era inspirations. Despite it being CGI, they manage to look faithful to the film and not seeming to be of a different layer. I haven't seen such a great monster design since the "epic three"; The Host, Cloverfield, and Deep Rising. I promise Lovecraft inspired creatures that bring tears to your eyes with their own majestic beauty. I haven't been so inspired since Jurassic Park.

The story seems to be largely inspired by Dean Koontz's novel Phantom. I wouldn't ask for a better inspiration. The book manages to play on claustrophobia, the unknown, and the feeling of being completely alone better than any novel or film. The fear of lunacy and alienation echo for an eternity on screen. The characters keep in mind the basic survival techniques. When you think about it, the film/book seems to be inspired by another Koontz novel "The Servants of Twilight"; a novel about a religious group who believes a woman's child is the anti-Christ.

It's hard to watch this film and not despise the core of humanity. When I watch these films, misanthropy flows through my veins and the nature of religion on society disgusts me. The Mist does it's job at making religious nut jobs look more insane than they are given credit in the media "News Articles such as a woman who puts her baby in a microwave because God told her to”.

The film picks up strong and carries through, delivering the most ball busting ending ever filmed. The fact that the director had enough guts to make something that could get him black-listed later stands out to be a monumental achievement. Overall, The Mist is an incredible achievement in mainstream horror cinema. It manages to provide something original with a washed up genre.


1 comment:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

i was actually disapointed by the ending, although the rest of the film was quite superb. Its strange that the mist only made 25 million dollars in north america where-as 1408 made 70 million and its not as good as the mist.