It took director Frank
Darabont writing a better ending for Stephen King’s 1980 novella before
he could tackle making the best legitimate horror movie to come out in
years. A father and young son become stranded in a populated strip mall
grocery store in Maine where a deadly mist enshrouds the area as part
of a terrible storm. Hidden in the thick fog are gigantic insects and
prehistoric creatures that ensnare the store’s inhabitants in a grip of
fear that brings out their worst and best qualities. Marcia Gay Harden
is magnificent as a Christian fanatic, and Thomas Jane gives the best
performance of his career in a low-budget, retro horror movie that is
equal parts satire, suspense, and surprise. "Stephen King’s The Mist"
is a reminder of what a really great horror movie is all about.
Rated R. 127 mins. (A-) (Four Stars)
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