Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blood Splattered Adaptations: The Mist (2007)


This week The Horror Guru compares THE MIST to it's original source material!

THE MIST was written/directed by Frank Darabont based on a novel by Stephen King and stars
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay HardenLaurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones and William Sadler.


  1. Yeah... the movie is pretty much one of the best made, best acted monster film I've seen.

    I'll disagree in a couple things though. The CGI sucked. I don't like CGI in big things, like generating entire fucking monsters, but I've seen it done better. The other thing is, I did't really get that part in the book where David and Amanda have sex. I just don't understand how you can be THAT horny in a situation like this. Yeah, yeah, you need human contact and all that shit, but still, it sounded weird to me, like King couldn't hold himself and HAD to throw a sex scene in there, like he always does. So in that respect, I like the movie better.

    The rest, I totally agree. Overall, yeah, I think the movie is better. It built on the premise, and the ending was pretty awesome. Not that I dislike the novella's ending, really. But in terms of impact and, you know, actual closure, it's better. It's horrible, but in a good way.

    The actors couldn't have done a better job. For what the movie is, it's amazing how convincing they are. And that guy who plays the surviving military guy really sells it.

    1. Fair enough. I think the CG looked pretty damn good for what it was, but I can see how someone might not.

      As far as the sex scene goes, I took it mainly as both characters desperately needing comfort but having no one to turn to but each other. Because if there's one thing sex does better than most things, it's bring comfort. But that's just my take.

      And I totally agree with you on the actors! Everyone's fantastic in the movie. A perfect ensemble cast.

    2. I cried my eyes out at the ending.

      When I first read the novella, I was 18 or 19, newly married, and didn't understand that sex scene at all. I just didn't have enough life experience to understand. Almost thirty years later, I do, and I agree it hould have stayed in the movie. On the other hand, I think Darabont felt that people wouldn't understand, and the characters would cease being sympathetic.

      Great review as always.

    3. Thank you so much for the kind words, Nyxalith. =)

  2. I just came across Blood Splattered Cinema when adding RSS feeds from Blip TV to my Serviio console. I've since watched several episodes, all of which I enjoyed, but your examination of The Mist - movie vs. book - was particularly compelling. In particular, your breakdown of how well the ending works - and why it works so well - was on the money. I'll be checking out the feed of Friday Night Fright Flicks, as well.

    Good work!

  3. Thank you for the kind words, good sir! =)

  4. So, "The Mist" actually follows "Storm of the Century"? Is it a continuation of sorts of that story?