As a general rule, I don't tend to like horror movies, unless they're exceptional. ("Alien" and "The Sixth Sense" would top my list there.) I don't go near slasher crap, and I much prefer suspense.
"The Mist" is Horror with a capital 'H', but I watched it because it was Frank Darabont adapting Stephen King (plus, there seemed to be a bit of a sci-fi element to it), and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was totally blown away. This movie grabbed me by the jugular from the first scenes and didn't let go.
Even with all the terrifying things coming from the mist, the greatest horror the characters face comes from each other; and while many people complain about the ending, to me it was incredibly effective, and absolutely devastating.
If I have any problem with "The Mist", it was with the uneven CGI--at times brilliant, and at others too obviously fake. But the story hooked me so much, none of that mattered. A masterpiece.
A French immigrant named Ashe(Vincent Perez) and his son are murdered in an apocalyptic version of L.A. Ashe awakens from his watery grave to take bloody revenge. More vicious and disturbing film than the Brandon Lee film, but it manages to retain a sense of intended ugliness and hopelessness while still maintaining a lot of heart. Look at it on it's own terms instead of on the same terms of the Brandon Lee film and you will get more out of it. Rated R: Contains strong violence, strong language and drug use, and graphic sexual content.
Fun, Campy Horror
Reviewed by KHL for The Tripper at 2008-04-14 11:30:17
First time director Arquette has a definite agenda here about conservatism, but if you like movies like Cabin Fever and Dead End, you will like this fun romp. A VW vanful of modern day young hippies venture to an outdoor 'Free Love' music-fest, only to be stalked by a Ronald Reagan mask-wearing psycho. Highlights include Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) as a sleazy concert promoter, Jason Mewes (Jay from Clerks) as a drugged out hippie, and Thomas Jane as an unflappable sheriff. Don't look for spooky, scary here, but it's fun, fun, fun to watch!