The Mist: A Look Back at the Chaos

By Zeke Arredondo 

The Story

The Mist was a surprise hit when it came to horror in my opinion. It’s a take on a short story by Stephen King, one of my favorite authors. It’s a good read and I recommend anyone to pick it up a give it a read. A small town is ravaged by an abrupt freak storm. A mysterious mist follows and slowly makes its way to blanket said town. David Drayton decides to take his son to the grocery store where a few of the town’s people are already there gathering supplies. As the fog consumes the store, the customers quickly find out this is no ordinary fog and that something is lurking in the mist.

The Players

The cast doesn’t have a lot of star power but it works well in horror movies. David Drayton is played by Thomas Jane who rounds out the cast of misfits including Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler and Jeffrey DeMunn. But the real star is Marcia Gay Harden as the over religious town nut. We all know one of those. Leading the cast in the director’s chair is none other than Frank Durabont of The Walking Dead and Shawshank Redemption fame.

Under the Skin

“As a species, we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?”

“As a species, we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?”

Now if you dive deep into this movie, you’ll see it’s more than just a horror flick. While it does include monsters, jump scares and everything else involved in horror, the scariest part is how the characters in the story handle the fear they cannot explain. The survivors split into three groups. Those who want to stay inside and survive, those who don’t believe there are monsters in the mist and Marcia Gay Harden’s character, Mrs. Carmody, who says this is the wrath of God and the apocalypse has begun because we have strayed from His word and allowed homosexually and other abominations into our world according to her beliefs. Naturally everyone thinks she is crazy, but as events unfold, and people get scared and don’t know how to handle it, they turn to her and her group, which grows and grows to a terrifying conclusion.

”I can't accept that. People are basically good; decent. My god, David, we're a civilized society.”

”I can't accept that. People are basically good; decent. My god, David, we're a civilized society.

Instead of these two groups working together and coming up with plan to benefit everyone it becomes chaotic as both are intent in maintaining loyalty to their group, similarly to what is happening in America now.  This resonates more now than ever.

“Sure, as long as the machines are working and you can dial 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, you scare the shit out of them - no more rules.”

The Guts

The Mist is still a movie for horror buffs and shows it off well with Greg Nicotero doing f/x work. You get gory monster killings, gruesome deaths and much more. The blood does not run dry in this one. The monsters are terrifying especially if you suffer from arachnophobia, this one is for you!

The Demise

The Mist is one of those rare occasions where the movie is better than the book. It also contains one of the most painful endings to watch, which surpasses the original ending in Stephen Kings original short story. As of now, Spike TV is releasing a TV series based on this book/movie and you can watch the trailer here.