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The Mist (2007)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 103 | Rotten: 38

Frank Darabont's impressive camerawork and politically incisive script make The Mist a truly frightening experience.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 13

Frank Darabont's impressive camerawork and politically incisive script make The Mist a truly frightening experience.



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Frequent Stephen King collaborator Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) teamed with the celebrated horror author once again for this tale of terror concerning a small town engulfed by a malevolent mist, based on a story originally published in King's 1985 horror anthology Skeleton Crew. When a thick fog descends upon a rural community and claims the lives of anyone unfortunate enough to be caught outside, a small band of survivors seeks refuge in a local grocery store. Now trapped in a



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Mar 18, 2008


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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (38) | DVD (18)

[This] grocery-store survival drama, dominated by Marcia Gay Harden as a shrill fundamentalist, serves as a crude but effective allegory for post-9/11 America.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
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It's a horror movie of real conviction. It deserves to be a hit.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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A near-campy escapist thrill ride.

November 27, 2007 | Comments (4)
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The Mist builds toward a climax so wrenching that I hesitate to recommend the film, but I think Darabont earns his vision.

November 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Even though it is mindless, at least until the provocative ending, The Mist manages to provide some decent old-school shocks.

November 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The Shawshank Redemption, was splendid; the second, The Green Mile, wasn't; and now The Mist continues the slide. I wouldn't say this is laugh-out-loud risible, but there are definitely moments.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (4)
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The Mist is a creature feature in which the monsters are almost incidental, but the panic and fear-mongering that comes with the territory is what ultimately causes the most chaos.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

The Mist has a lot of the elements to be one of the great horror films, but it never quite puts it all together. It's still very good, but a few missteps keep it from ever being more than that.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

The black-and-white version's stark contrasts give greater claustrophobic force to the fragility of civilization when ideology grows as deadly as any marauding beasts. Prepare also to be knocked cold and gut-kicked for good measure by its ending.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source:

Writer-director Frank Darabont had skillfully translated the human drama of Stephen King's work in The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption , but he seems hopelessly lost in The Mist.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The Mist paints [its] divides starkly -- perhaps a bit too much so -- but combined with its spooks and gore, it makes for effective, smart entertainment.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The Mist divides those who want cheap escapist thrills from those who like their horror with real heart, brains, and courage.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Dread Central

A refreshing bummer

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Acerta ao compreender a natureza do texto original, que empregava o terror como uma mera ferramenta para analisar o comportamento de seus personagens e os dilemas morais e religiosos que os impelem uns contra os outros.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Somewhere along the way, [director Frank] Darabont just got lost in the fog, and he never found his way out.

July 15, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (7)

Unusually dark and gritty, with ace B-movie writing and direction from Darabont and a collection of full-on performances from a gifted cast.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Like Shyamalan's Signs but without the salvationist coda, The Mist is a bleak look at what happens when faith, hope and charity have all got lost in the fog.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

This is a flawless horror movie.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (15)

Wait until you see the end of this film! It was one of the most horrific endings I have ever seen.

May 24, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Comments (6)

'The Mist is a classic monster movie turned morality play, and for a while it works on both counts.

April 9, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Both a gory monster movie and a Twilight Zone-styled morality play on mob mentality and religion run amok. [DVD review]

March 25, 2008
Groucho Reviews

A great achievement in many ways, Darabont's biggest misstep is his final submission to the road more traveled.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

A horde of plus size nuclear bugs stops by to shoplift and chow down on some take-out humans, favoring their homo sapien dinner fare feisty and playing hard to get, and never bothering to stop at the cash register.

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

the ending is black but the film is great

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

Whereas King's short story ends ambiguously, Darabont has fashioned a denouement that just may be the most nihilistic I have ever witnessed in a film.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

With all due respect to Stephen King and Frank Darabond, military experiments as a cause for science fictioned creatures is yawningly unoriginal. But go see The Mist, just for Marcia Gay Harden's amazing, chillingly accurate portrayal

February 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (9)
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Audience Reviews for The Mist

The best way I can sum-up this film is: it's intense. There's nothing particularly extraordinary about the acting or dialogue but the interesting characters (particularly the religious fanatic played by Marcia Gay Harden), the mysterious unnatural mist, and shocker ending are more than enough to recommend this one.
February 16, 2014

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Though the premise isn't anything new, it's pretty fun. A disastrous storm strikes a town and leaves a mist over the lake. We learn from a married couple the film opens up with that it's typical for mist to serve as an aftermath for storms. But this mist is somewhat different. When townspeople begin gathering food and supplies in preparation for another storm, the mist begins to surround the grocery store. It is nearly impossible to enter, because anyone who does so is shown to be bloodied and then eaten alive by a giant squid-like creature. Again, it's a thrilling premise, despite being downright trivial. Once evolved into a complete plot, however, the story begins to fray rather quickly. It seems to not know where to go during its latter half, leading up to one of the dumbest twist endings I've ever seen. There were about three of them, actually, and really, Darabont should have stopped after the first. That possible conclusion was appalling, to say the most without churning out any spoilers.

THE MIST suffers from a distinct horror archetype created by many non-horror fans. It's twig-skinny in plot and flowing with blood and gore, most of which apears extremely fake. I must make a special note that it isn't terribly frightening either. It's much more gross than disturbing or terrifying. If you're someone who enjoys ALIEN and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS for the sake of watching bodily mutilation and reptile-like creatures, give this a watch. You'll surely be entertained, as THE MIST expresses no hesitation for similar attacks and feasts on mortal flesh (I try to make that sound more horrific than the film itself, even with such trashy words), though perhaps they are presented here in a bit more of excessive, gratuitous, and disgusting ways. If you watch such films for an engaging plot, I'd recommend ignoring the film.

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July 21, 2012

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For me it was a typical stephen king horror that i knew from the start would be boring, slow and nothing explained and i was right ! Not with the effort of watching!
March 29, 2012
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    1. Jim Grondin: I'm sorry, but should I have known what ment.. You said you saw something, I thought you ment a big bird.
    – Submitted by Connor N (22 months ago)
    1. David Drayton: You don't happen to have a gun in here by any chance?
    2. Brent Norton: This isn't New Jersey.
    – Submitted by Connor N (22 months ago)
    1. David Drayton: Are you going to let this kid die over something that dosen't matter?
    2. Norm: Would you just shut the fuck up.
    3. Ollie: Be nice.
    4. Jim Grondin: I'll do it then.
    5. David Drayton: It dosen't matter who dose it.
    6. Jim Grondin: What? You don't think I could do it?
    7. Norm: Hey. I want to it, it was my idea.
    – Submitted by Connor N (22 months ago)
    1. Ollie: [Ollie just fired 2 shots] I killed her.
    2. David Drayton: Thank you Ollie.
    3. Ollie: I killed her. I wouldn't have done that if there had been any other way.
    4. David Drayton: That's why I said thank you.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Carmody: We have Judas in our midst!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Carmody: I'll tell you what. The day I need a friend like you, I'll just have myself a little squat and shit one out.
    – Submitted by Holli C (3 years ago)
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