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31 Days of Horror Day 14: "It appears we may have a problem of some magnitude."

Title of Movie: Stephen King's The Mist

Actors: Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Nathan Gamble, Toby Jones, Marcia Gay Harden, Frances Sternhagen, Andre Braugher

Had I seen it before?: Yes

Quotable Line: "Welcome to Sesame Street, kids. Today's word is 'expiation'."

Director: Frank Darabont


The Skinny: A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole-up in a supermarket and fight for their lives

The Good: The Mist is a masterpiece both in directing as well as in storytelling. Frank Darabont directs his third adaptation of a Stephen King story and proceeds to make one of the most frightening movies ever put on film. And I am not meaning the horrible and brutal creatures that inhabit this movie. No. I am talking about the fact that you don't really know someone until they are in a situation where it is life or death. You don't know who will try to leave early in the proceedings, you don't know who will be the hero, you don't know who will be come the religious zealot. This movie shows it all. The creature designs are just absolutely top notch and freaky in their own right. Tentacles pull bodies under the rollaway door with such brutality and such force that you think you are looking at something real. The pterodactyls that attack the store in order to eat the giant bugs that are attacking are absolutely terrifying. And then there is Marcia Gay Harden who deserved an Oscar for her performance because she is the biggest monster of them all. When you see the movie, you will understand why I am saying that. The ending is bleak, and unexpected and an absolute punch to the gut. If you want a really neat thrill, get a hold of the two disc edition and watch this movie in black and white. It is even more effective in black and white than it ever could hope to be in color. Absolutely one of the best horror movies that you will see on this list.

The Bad: The ending is really effed up.  Nothing like the original story.  That said, I know a lot of people are not fans of this one but this one hit me at the right time and delivered the kind of scares that I was needing at the time.  Otherwise, there is precious little I can find wrong with this movie.  

The Ugly: Those tentacles. Watch the movie. They are not your regular type of tentacles, I assure you.

My final verdict: 4 tentacles out of 5 if you see it in color.  5 out of 5 if you see it in Black and White.  
I know I am going to catch hell for rating this one as high as I did and I welcome the comments and response.  


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