The Mist

November 21st, 2007

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The Mist

Still of Thomas Jane and Nathan Gamble in The MistStill of Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Frances Sternhagen and Nathan Gamble in The MistStill of Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden and Nathan Gamble in The MistStephen King in The MistFrank Darabont in The MistStill of Marcia Gay Harden and Thomas Jane in The Mist

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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.3/10 (109,339 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Frank Darabont

Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

Everyone thinks of it as a harmless lightning storm. When Dave Drayton notices a strange mist on the lake, he thinks nothing of it. When he, his son, Billy Drayton, and his neighbor Brent Norton travel to the supermarket, the unthinkable happens. On their way to the market, they see the army, firefighters, and the police heading toward the mist. When he sees this Brent mentions something about "Project Arrowhead", a secret military project that no one knows about. As they are shopping, they see three soldiers walk in, pick up a few things, then head toward the mist. All eighty of the store's shoppers have no clue what is going on until an old man runs in the market with a bloody nose and declares "Something in the mist!" He tells them to close the door. About five seconds after they close the door, the entire store shakes, as though it has been lifted several feet above the ground...

Writers: Frank Darabont, Stephen King

Thomas Jane - David Drayton
Marcia Gay Harden - Mrs. Carmody
Laurie Holden - Amanda Dunfrey
Andre Braugher - Brent Norton
Toby Jones - Ollie Weeks
William Sadler - Jim
Jeffrey DeMunn - Dan Miller
Frances Sternhagen - Irene Reppler
Nathan Gamble - Billy Drayton
Alexa Davalos - Sally
Chris Owen - Norm
Sam Witwer - Private Jessup
Robert C. Treveiler - Bud Brown (as Robert Treveiler)
David Jensen - Myron
Melissa Suzanne McBride - Woman With Kids at Home (as Melissa McBride)

Taglines: Stephen King's Legendary Tale of Terror

Release Date: 21 November 2007

Filming Locations: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,931,973 (USA) (24 November 2007) (2423 Screens)

Gross: $25,593,755 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Norm is wearing a T-Shirt from WKIT Radio in Bangor, Maine. This is one of three radio stations owned by Stephen King.

Factual errors: Central Maine Power (CMP) trucks have an orange cargo area with a white cab, unlike those shown in the film.

[first lines]
Billy Drayton: Whoa!

User Review

"The Mist" is worth watching!

Rating: 9/10

I've been a member of IMDb for many years now and rarely do I take the time to comment on a film. In addition, I watch, on average, about 10-15 films a month, split among all genres including horror. Lately though, I've been very disenfranchised with most horror films especially with the proliferation of shock/gore/splatter/torture-porn films such as Hostel 2, The latest Saw film, Captivity, etc. Enter "The Mist" and I leave the theater saying to myself "this is why I go see movies".

Frank Darabont should be the only one adapting Steven King novels and short stories...period. He brings a human balance that's missing in most horror films these days. You can have the most unbelievable, and maybe even the most ludicrous, situations and events, but if you make the characters believable and further peel the layers to expose fear, prejudices and vulnerability then you have the foundations towards making an effective film. I was absolutely gripped during the entire film, and that all-too-rare-these-days sense of dread permeates through almost every scene and left me emotionally exhausted at the end. And speaking of the ending, isn't that what almost everyone is talking about? I'm not going to give anything away, but in my opinion, I loved it. I can see why it can split into camps of "loved it"/"didn't like it" but for me it was a great conclusion to the entire storyline of the human condition. I wouldn't have changed a thing.

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