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Post by Remo D » Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:29 pm

It's been an extraordinarily lousy year for horror, business-wise. I can count the successful genre releases on one hand. Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, SAW IV... and, oh yes, 1408. I don't know if it was John Cusack, Stephen King or the PG-13 rating, but something about that little number clicked and clicked big.

So if we're going to try for just ONE more horror hit this year--at the onset of the holiday season against ENCHANTED, even--it may as well be another Stephen King project. And it can't hurt to have Frank Darabont, who helmed two of the most critically-lauded King films of them all (never mind that they were NOT horror films) in charge.

Ladies and gentlemen, THE MIST is officially a box-office disaster.

It's also the best horror film of the year, and I'm surprised to hear myself say that--I was sure I was going to be handing it to BUG.

It's been TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS since King wrote the novella, if you can believe that. And yet the story has proven to be utterly contemporary. Timeless, even.

Because it's not really about the shadowy military project that let in creatures from another dimension. It's not really about the monsters that viciously attack people and lay siege to survivors trapped in a supermarket.

It's about humanity, and it's about how relatively easy it is to bring it down from its best to its worst. Cue Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury... and yes, John Carpenter's THE THING (one of the first things we see in the film is the famous poster art, here offered up as the work of the protagonist).

Oh, and it's also one of the nastiest, grisliest and most genuinely FRIGHTENING monster thrillers of recent years. Pretty much everything a horror film would want to be, I'd say.

Thomas Jane (the guy who looks like Christopher Lambert who starred in the PUNISHER remake) is the hero--trying to maintain order and protect his young son during the inexplicable siege. And Marcia Gay Harden? Her Bible-thumper act is almost amusing at first--then it gets annoying (we cheer when somebody bonks her on the head with a can of peas)--and then you realize that she isn't going anywhere and that she's going to be at least as much a threat as the monsters. (And the monsters are plenty threatening, believe you me--every time you think you've seen it all?) By the way, she's excellent--the ladies are really shining this year.

Those who've read the story know that King wrote it with what he specifically identified as a "Hitchcock ending." That is to say, the ending of THE BIRDS. Some scream at that and consider it a "copout," others engage their imaginations.

Frank Darabont had another idea. An extremely nasty idea that's going to stick with anyone who sees THE MIST. And I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to hear that vicious word of mouth regarding the fadeout is every bit as much to blame for the box-office demise of the film as ENCHANTED was (by the way, I'm in no way knocking ENCHANTED and plan to see it with my family soon). It's disturbing, all right--and yet Darabont's ending really does grow from the material as he interpreted it. (We'll talk more after everybody's seen it--it will suffice to say that King's novella is faithfully translated from beginning to NEAR-end.)

Open question to Roger Ebert: You praise P2 and give it three stars simply for being a technically well-mounted formula slasher. Then you dismiss Darabont's film (notice I'm not using the "dis-MIST" pun) with two and a half stars, saying that it will do for those seeking a "tentacle" movie??? I really need a better explanation than that, as it doesn't seem remotely possible that we actually watched the same films, similar plot descriptions or not.

People will either love or hate THE MIST... on the other hand, most of them have already decided not to even see it.

You want a horror film that dares to be truly horrifying?

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Post by Irrylath » Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:34 pm

*sigh* I really need a horror movie buddy. :(
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Post by Remo D » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:01 pm

Irrylath wrote:*sigh* I really need a horror movie buddy. :(
I can do everything except pick you up and take you there myself, Valerie--but I'll always be there for you! :dsmoke:
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Post by Latte Thunder » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:13 pm

Alright. I have got to get out and see this. If one more person makes vague allusions to the ending of this movie and suggests that it is fucked up, I am going to just outright ask for someone to spoil it for me. For the moment, don't.

As I recall and some may consider this a spoiler alert:

The end of the novella has the last survivors somehow breaking away to a working car and driving down I-95 to Portsmouth, NH seeing evidence that suggests absolutely massive monsters all around and when they get to Portsmouth, they find that the carnage just seems to keep going and going.

Then again, it's been nearly ten years since I read it, so I may be way off. Someone care to clarify? In the meantime, I desperately need to get out and see this.

Oh, and No Country For Old Men, too.
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Post by Remo D » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:52 pm

Latte Thunder wrote:Alright. I have got to get out and see this. If one more person makes vague allusions to the ending of this movie and suggests that it is fucked up, I am going to just outright ask for someone to spoil it for me. For the moment, don't.

As I recall and some may consider this a spoiler alert:

The end of the novella has the last survivors somehow breaking away to a working car and driving down I-95 to Portsmouth, NH seeing evidence that suggests absolutely massive monsters all around and when they get to Portsmouth, they find that the carnage just seems to keep going and going.

Then again, it's been nearly ten years since I read it, so I may be way off. Someone care to clarify? In the meantime, I desperately need to get out and see this.

Oh, and No Country For Old Men, too.
You and me both need to see THAT movie, but it's going to last longer.

THE MIST--by Stephen King--ended as you described, but the protagonist alluded in his testament (which we're supposedly reading as a story) that he managed to catch one human word on the radio. Maybe it was "Hartford," or maybe it was "Hope." So they'll keep driving till their gas runs out and see what happens...
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Post by DeathFrogg » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:38 pm

Saw this last saturday. Its fuckin AWESOME. The ending'll piss you right off and dammit the special effects are first rate. It is hard to tell which is the more scarier monsters, the ones in the mist or the ones inside the store. Highly recommended.

As for Roger Ebert, fuck that tub of shit. His tastes run to the tearjerker chickflick bambi and butterflies type of movie. He doesn't even understand why people go to the movies anyway when all they need is the Lifetime channel.
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Post by Evil Red » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:37 pm

Remo D wrote: Cue Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury... and yes, John Carpenter's THE THING (one of the first things we see in the film is the famous poster art, here offered up as the work of the protagonist).
Hmmm... I'm half drunk, where to begin... ?
First of all, ironically enough, I actually thought this painting was the best part of the movie. I'd sell my soul for that Dark Tower painting... (and hopefully it's NOT a forwarning of what they're planning on attempting to translate to film.)
Remo D wrote: Marcia Gay Harden? Her Bible-thumper act is almost amusing at first--then it gets annoying (we cheer when somebody bonks her on the head with a can of peas)--and then you realize that she isn't going anywhere and that she's going to be at least as much a threat as the monsters. (And the monsters are plenty threatening, believe you me--every time you think you've seen it all?) By the way, she's excellent--the ladies are really shining this year.
Mrs. Caromody. (M.G. Harden's charecter) I thought was actually the most dead on casting of this movie. The only thing she was lacking and one of the few details I couldn't WAIT to see that wasn't in the movie that oddly upset me was this, and from the book I quote:

"There were stilll maybe thirty people in front of us. The easiest to pick out was Mrs. Camondy in her blazing-yellow pantsuit. She looked like an advertisement for yellow fever."

That to me helped define her charecter. You have to be crazy to wear that shit! God love her... she's SO Stephen King. ;)

Overall, they followed the story pretty damn well (and I amazingly!?!?!) even liked the-what-I-called the Cujo ending (book version, of course) considering I generally HATE any book changes. I expected more from Frank Darabont, but hey... to his credit, I didn't hate 2 3/4 of his King movies which is 1000% more than anyone elses.

Worth watching, yellow pant suit or not. :dsmoke:
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Post by DylanDog » Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:46 am

Saw it yesterday and thought it was great. It had a weird sort of humor to it I thought as well. There were several times it made me laugh, but not in a way that detracted from the horror of the film. I though the cgi looked a little weak at first, but got much better as it went on. The final creature we see was VERY impressive, imo.

From a character standpoint, I really thought Ollie was great. The guy couldn't have looked less like a hero, but was arguably the one most in control of things.

I guess my only complaint would be that it reminded me just a bit of "Storm of the Century",with people holed up in a supermarket like that. Even used at least one of the same actors. And I know The Mist was written well before SOTC and the films are totally different otherwise, but still.... Otherwise, take Remo's advice (as you pretty much always should) and go see this one...
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Post by hodgy » Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:27 am

Remo D wrote:
It's about humanity, and it's about how relatively easy it is to bring it down from its best to its worst. Cue Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury... and yes, John Carpenter's THE THING (one of the first things we see in the film is the famous poster art, here offered up as the work of the protagonist).
Not just 'The Thing' poster, but some 'Pan's Labyrinth', and, as Evil Red stated, Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'.
All the movie posters were the work of Drew Struzan, who's work you know if you've ever seen the Indiana Jones Trilogy, or E.T., or Star Wars, or Goonies, or the Cannonball Run, or Harry Potter, or the Muppet Movies, or C.H.O.M.P.S.
Not to mention the 'Welcome to My Nightmare' album cover.
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Post by Remo D » Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:36 am

hodgy wrote:Not just 'The Thing' poster, but some 'Pan's Labyrinth', and, as Evil Red stated, Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'.
All the movie posters were the work of Drew Struzan, who's work you know if you've ever seen the Indiana Jones Trilogy, or E.T., or Star Wars, or Goonies, or the Cannonball Run, or Harry Potter, or the Muppet Movies, or C.H.O.M.P.S.
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Post by Chris Slack » Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:35 pm

Good stuff! Some of the CGI was a little too "plasticy" but overall it was well worth the watch. I'll probably but it when it comes out on DVD.
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Post by Irrylath » Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:57 pm

Remo D wrote:I can do everything except pick you up and take you there myself, Valerie--but I'll always be there for you! :dsmoke:
oh gosh! that's sweet. *blush* :D



I guess I'll see this one when it's out on 'video' along with 30 days of night and saw 4, but it's good to know that they won't suck. :)
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Post by Clark Chaos » Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:34 pm

Great movie, there is one part that I actually cheered and clapped out loud too.

Good thing the theater was empty. :metalhead
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Post by MuC » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:06 pm

saw it last night...damn there is some creepy stuff in this movie...
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