THOSE FIRST PULSATIONS through the corrugated tin door, which a moment later are found to come from tentacles — the giant, flesh-tearing tentacles of an enormous monster whose body is never revealed: this is the sense of mystery and wonder — and dread — that evokes those early marvels of Steven Spielberg. James Berardinelli of Reel Views sums it up better than anyone:
The Mist is what a horror film should be – dark, tense, and punctuated by just enough gore to keep the viewer’s flinch reflex intact. … [Director Frank] Darabont has fashioned a tense motion picture that’s ultimately more about paranoia, religious fanaticism, and the price of hopelessness than it is about monsters.
The Mist is an intense macro-epic for when the world is being torn away. You can read my previous comments here. And the ending is brilliant — decidedly un-Hollywood. A terrifically thrilling film. 9/10
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