When it comes to movies, I’ll watch just almost anything. There are some genres I’ll gravitate towards and others I generally stay away from, but just about anything is fair game.
Horror films would fit into that “others I generally stay away from” group, so when I started hearing about The Mist—a monster movie adapted from a Stephen King novella—a few years ago, I didn’t take much pass of it. But then after hearing about how interesting the movie was and coming across it on Netflix in the same week, I decided to give it a shot.
The Mist, directed by The Walking Dead‘s and The Shawshank Redemption‘s Frank Darabont, is overrated. The film centers on a group of townsfolk who barricade themselves in a grocery store after a thick mist—filled with deadly creatures—covers the surrounding area. I liked the concept, and the screenplay isn’t terrible (save for the last page), but the majority of the performances and visual effects are.
The movie is largely about the group’s dynamics, particularly as the local cat lady/religious zealot (played wonderfully by Marcia Gay Harden) starts to convince some of the crowd that what they are experiencing is the wrath of God. The best horror in the film comes from this, and a few of these scenes were truly chilling. Unfortunately, too many of the nasty-creature moments were laughably bad to save the movie.
To top it all off, The Mist slaps you with an ending it doesn’t earn, and it left me feeling very unsatisfied.
For fans of The Walking Dead, you’ll find at least three stars from that show in this flick. The funny part is that they all essentially play the same characters.
Like I said, The Mist is available on Netflix Canada. I know a lot of people really liked this movie, particularly for its ending that I hated, so if you think I’m wrong tell me so.