Every once in a while, famed horror writer Stephen King wants us to bite the big one. He puts us on a runaway train of death and destruction and then tells us, “You have two choices. Either give up, or you’ll be forced to give up.”
Director Frank Darabont (genius behind the Shawshank Redemption) has taken hold of Stephen King’s novella The Mist, removing scenes and adding scenes as most movies do based on books. The result? A quick paced thrill ride. Only when the ride slows down toward the end do we realize the horrifying truth.
With George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead zombies, at least we had a fighting chance. I mean, they are zombies after all. Slow-witted versions of ourselves. But Stephen King’s The Mist has a freaky collection of otherworldly monsters…monsters sporting razor-sharp teeth and claws and tentacles and—well, you get the idea.
The odds are against us. Totally. Especially if you believe in monsters, like I do. You’ll walk away feeling depressed. Saddened. Angry. Totally wigged out.
But if you don’t believe in monsters, you’ll be one of the many few who found their way through the mist unharmed.
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