The Mist

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



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David Drayton and his young son Billy are among a large group of terrified townspeople trapped in a local grocery store by a strange, otherworldly mist. David is the first to realize that there are things lurking in the mist--deadly, horrifying things--creatures not of this world. Survival depends on everybody in the store pulling together, but is that possible, given human nature? As reason crumbles in the face of fear and panic, David begins to wonder what terrifies him more: the monsters in the mist or the ones inside the store, the human kind, the people that until now had been his friends and neighbors?


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Critic Reviews for The Mist

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (40)

  • [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.

    Jan 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It's a horror movie of real conviction. It deserves to be a hit.

    Dec 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A near-campy escapist thrill ride.

    Nov 27, 2007
  • The Mist builds toward a climax so wrenching that I hesitate to recommend the film, but I think Darabont earns his vision.

    Nov 26, 2007
  • Even though it is mindless, at least until the provocative ending, The Mist manages to provide some decent old-school shocks.

    Nov 24, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 12, 2016
    Some performances were less memorable than others and its plot could be deemed outlandish at times, but the film makes good in instilling a fearful and direct vibe. The Mist's alarming tone, dreadful and tragic sequences is more than enough to wipe away the blemishes. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2015
    A film that would score at least a two and a half, at a stretch maybe even a three. But it is elevated by one of the best endings in cinematic history.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2015
    One of the best movie endings I have ever seen, extremely shocking. It is also very original and gripping story for horror/sci-fi flick. It is interesting to see what happens when people get isolated together.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2014
    One of those films that looked ok but never really made an effort to see until now and I must admit the first 40 minutes I found it hard to watch it felt like a B-movie with poor acting and its cheap feel but it did get better as it went on not much better though, The creatures looked a little dated, They don't really go into much detail about why or how they got here, The ending was different and annoying at the same time, As a father I could of never done that I don't think many other people would of too but the ending is what you will remember about this film, That and the fact half of The Walking Dead cast appear in it (Before The Walking Dead was filmed) I found myself needing to watch a comedy film after the ending just to pick me up.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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