The Mist

  1. "The Mist" is a novella by Stephen King first published in 1980. It has been considered one of his scariest works not because of the gore or creatures described in the story, but because of the human element written into it. After a severe storm hits a tiny Maine town, an extremely dense fog rolls in. Unbeknownst to the town's inhabitants, the mist contains otherwordly creatures of extremely destructive power. Many of the townsfolk are trapped in the town's supermarket having been driven there by the need to replenish supplies depleted after the storm. The battle to survive leads to ensuing chaos, and for some survivors, to madness. No one is safe inside or outside the supermarket because they are surrounded by monsters, both human and non-human. Fast forward over 27 years and the story has finally been made into a movie. Frank Darabont, the director, did a fairly good job maintaining the integrity of the story with a few exceptions that work in the movie's favor. Of course, there are those annoying characteristics inherent in every horror movie. Why do soon-to-be-victims always freeze like deer caught in the headlights instead of running like normal people? And some of the characters in an attempt to convey fear come off as pathetic, quivering ninnies. But, one major change was made in the ending that I must say was an improvement over the story. Mr. Darabont did not stick to the ending in the novella, instead making one major change that leaves the viewer feeling both optimistic and bereft. This is where the horror truly lies, the viewer is essentially left numb, not knowing how to react upon viewing the ending.