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Thomas Jane wanders through THE MIST to find Tentacles, Bugs, Flying Batwinged Thing and Spiders... Oh My!

Hey folks, Harry here... I'm dying to see this film - The idea that Frank Darabont is making an honest to goodness CREATURE FEATURE has me thrilled. With GREEN MILE and SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION - he's made a pair of the best Stephen King adaptations - However, while I absolutely love those films - I love King's creature stories - his fear stories - his "things that go bump in the night" stories - and that's what THE MIST was all about. Things that go bump in the night. Can't wait - we don't have too long now!

Hey folks, Harry here.. this is weird - I got rid of these links hours ago, but then for some reason they've reappeared. Very odd. Anyways - The files that Fear.Net got were actually not official - and are in fact early versions of scenes that were not yet finished. I'm told that new and improved clips will be online shortly.

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  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by The Rondo Hatton Blues Explosion


  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Worms of Hell

    by Stallion_Cornell

    I'd offer you a biscuit, but I don't like you very much.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    The Mist finally here

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Wasn't Romero attached to this a long time ago?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Holy crap.

    by The Rondo Hatton Blues Explosion

    I actually made it! I ROCK!! WOOOHOOOFUCKIN'YEAH!!! <p> Um...kinda anticlimatic, really.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST

    do we need the spoiler in the title

    by Norm3

    Thanx Harry!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    When is this coming out?



  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane IS Roland

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Piss on 19, AND PISS ON J.J. ABRAMS

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Can't WAIT

    by Acappellaman

    I've been waiting for this movie ever since I read the short story many many years ago. So far, so good. Everything looks almost exactly like I pictured it in my head.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by liljuniorbrown

    I have got to see this movie ASAP. Tom Jane is so kick ass, and that kid ,I swear, he seems seriously scared to death. Damn, how could anybody think this movie is going to be bad? Mr.King has to be excited as all get out.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    "The best King adaptations"?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Wait, is this news item about David Cronenberg and Tommy Lee Wallace, then? Since they are the ones who made the best King adaptations, it must be...

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Romero was attached....

    by liljuniorbrown

    To every book King did at one point. King is in love with the guy and would let him direct his families home movies if he could. I know for a fact he was attached to The Mist, The Stand, and there were talks about him doing Cell for like a split second. Anyways, can't get enough of this movie already.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    the cgi...

    by loafroaster

    ...still looks a bit ropey, but I'm still looking forward to this. The short story was a great, no-nonsense creature feature

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Tom Jane WOULD make a good Roland

    by Vespalad

    My personal choice for Roland would have to be Gary Oldman, though. Jane is almost too pretty-boy for the role...don't forget Eddie calls him Long, Tall, and UGLY. That's one of the things I DON'T like about the Marvel DT comics...Jae Lee made Roland too pretty-boy for my tastes. I can't wait for the next series, which actually contains NEW DT material and doesn't just re-hash what we already know. But yeah, the Mist is going to ROCK!!! It's the first movie I've been excited to see all year.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by Black And Gold

    Just re-read the story after almost 2 decades and the tension is unbelievable. Really looking forward to this one.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Romero directed...

    by loafroaster

    ...the piss-poor Dark Half movie, which was a great book. If he doesn't direct another King adaptation, I'll be happy.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    BAD...BAD...BAD CGI.

    by Batutta

    I don't normally complain about these things, but come on, I've seen stuff bettern than that on the sci-fi channel. I expect more from a studio movie.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Oh brother,

    by pretentiousboy

    Movies today are getting so bad that made for tv movies (like this one in quality) are now at par to get a theatrical release. Stephen King, please retire.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by TommyShag

    It all looks awesome. I cannot wait!!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    CGI tentacles

    by Juju the Journalist

    I mean, don't the tentacles CGI look ugly??? Look like a cartoon!!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    What do you want more????

    by rost


  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Make it or

    by rost


  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    The CG


    From what I've heard - Darabont has been directing the visual effects companies to make the CG less photo-real and more like a Stop-Motion creature - sort of like the CG in MARS ATTACKS! We'll see how it works in the context with the film.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Didn't the tentacle suckers have teeth?

    by ButtfuckZydeco

    in the story? I thought the tentacles looked pretty weak, but the rest was just fine.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Dig it and Dig it DEEP...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    ...The Mist will be great. Or not.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Religious Fanatics

    by gboybama

    See the clip entitled 'We Want The Boy?' Yeah, we know the first thing slightly unhinged Christians would do whenever the going gets tough is fall back on human sacrifice. It's been so long since I read the story that I don't remember if that's in there. If it is, nice work King. He's made a living on that particularly tiresome trope, hasn't he?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Bad CGI...seriously.

    by 7pointedstar

    That just looked cheap. The bugs looked okay. The spider, eh. But those tentacles? Lame. So freaking lame. And the "stop-motion look" excuse doesn't work. It wasn't the motion that made the tentacles look bad, it was how completely fake they looked. Apparently, the artists need to learn a little thing about light and shadow. God, I hope those aren't finished effects. It looks more like a Sci-Fi Channel original movie.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    that first one

    by frankenfickle

    i like how the kid bonks his head on the door as he's getting dragged out. reminds me of that time when star wars was cool and did not suck, and the stormtrooper hit his head on the blast door. good times. anyhoo, that scene was absolutely laughable. didn't make it through to the rest.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST

    The story does not slam Christians

    by Lovecraftfan

    I love this idea that if its in the movie its gotta be in the story. In the story the woman was kind of a cross of being religous and backwoods superstition. It was not a slam against Christians.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Never read the story.

    by mrfan

    Seriously. Would it be worth my time to read it. Thanks.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Like the CG in Mars Attacks?

    by Batutta

    Because that movie was so scary. Why do tentacles in CG anyway? That's something quite achievable with real creature effects. Was Stan Winston booked up?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Not sold on that stop motion notion...

    by KillaKane

    Darabont's a skillful writer/director, I'm sure it's going to deliver the goods in terms of it's performances and the creep factor, but that tentacle clip looked like it was rendered and comped in a day. Hope that retrograde CGI get's some tweaking before release.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by Ironmuskrat

    Not to prejudge the movie too much but the tentacle SFX was just plan bad. But even worse is the scene went by too fast. In the book the tentacle attack was one of the more intense moments in the story. In the Mist the kid is slowly dragged out of the dock door while everyone is trying to pull him back. After a struggle the people trying to help the kid realize they can't fight the strength of the tentacle and the poor kid is lost screaming and kicking into the mist. There is a real sense of foreboding after the attack that what is happening isn't going away and everyone in the store is basically screwed.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The tentacles !! (first clip)

    by Cleyu

    Very poor fx........holy shit.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Romero........Directing The Mist?

    by RoarsLoudly

    Thank goodness that didn't happen. Outside of some things Darabount sure seems headed in the right direction with this. The CGI work needs WORK!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    VFX is not done yet

    by killgore23

    Guys those are all temp effects from 3 months ago. The film is still being worked on. Hang in there the stuff looks great!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Jane is NOT Roland.

    by Fawst

    My personal choice originally was Eion Bailey in about 5 years. But as others have pointed out to me, Viggo Fuckin' Mortenson would be aces.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I don't mind if it looks a touch ropey


    I don't know why either as I'm usually the first to get annoyed at shit effects but the atmosphere is all there and then some with a great cast and story and I've been watching the old Superman A LOT recently as my kid's obsessed with it and don't mind the shit effects in that because the rest is so solidly done so maybee that's why!? Anyway looking forward to this and couldn't watch anymore after the tentacle as i dont want to spoil it all and the video player took ages to buffer and was jumpy as hell.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    No MISTery?

    by christian66

    I don't think they should be playing key attack scenes BEFORE THE MOVIE OPENS. This has become a real shitty way of marketing. Why not just dump the whole movie online? And again, I hate the CG.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    The tentacles clip was horrendous

    by IndustryKiller!

    If they actually look that fake its going to ruin the movie. Hopefully that's just early but if the studio released the clip I'm not holding my breath.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Aside from the FX, someone's gotta say...

    by cuckoo's indian

    This looks awesome!!! Even if those are the final FX (which, certainly, we can all hope not), Darabont looks to be bringing his A game in all the other (and far more important) categories.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I'm glad to see....

    by Cleyu

    .....The Ed Wood / Bela Lugosi homagae in the tentacle scene.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 5:25 p.m. CST

    The CG can look like shit...

    by MetiphisLabs

    As long as the atmosphere and actor's expressions nail it.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    tentacles in Indy 4

    by Juju the Journalist

    Bugs and spiders: these were the creepy animals from Raiders and Indy 2. Perhaps Darabont want to show us something in an implicit way. Tentacles will be the creepy animals in Indy 4!!!?? I know, it's a cheesy theory.Hope I'm wrong actually. "Indiana Jones and the Heritage of Gods", would have been THE great title (you know, the notion of Indy's legacy, stuff like that)

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    on the subject of 'slamming christians'

    by smackfu

    Every one of Stephen Kings doomsday-scenario type stories features an old uptight religious woman who rants and raves about sinners finally getting what they deserve until someone either hits her or tells her to stfu. It's as common a Stephen King staple as the black 'stepinfetchit' character. Come to think of it, almost all the characters in Kings books are recurring. The late 20s reluctant hero guy, the wise old woman/shaman, the smart alec asshole who doesn't know when to shut it, the disabled guy who makes a surprise sacrifice, the kid who seems more level-headed than the adults, the teenage sorority type girl, the crazy old doomsday-saying bible thumper, the black stepinfetchit, and usually there will be a washed up musician in the mix somewhere.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 7:24 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    smackfu- You're thining of Dean Koontz

    by Lovecraftfan

    Love the guy's early B stuff but my God he repeats characters all the time especially dogs for some reason.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 8:48 p.m. CST

    It's gonna be good until the tentacles arrive onscreen

    by performingmonkey

    That's just what I predicted months ago because that's EXACTLY how I felt when reading the book. When the Mist is just a strange ominous mist enveloping them THAT is cool, but it quickly turns into a run-of-the-mill seen-it-all-before story about bugs and tentacles and characters arguing and running out like idiots so they can be the next one to die. Could have been so much better without the creatures.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Roland is Kurt Russell or Titus Pullo from Rome or..

    by Stormwatcher

    Tim Daly, since they use him lots in Stephen King adaptions. But Kurt would own if they got him to loose about 30 pounds. He's the right age now. Right eye color, man his eyes are perfect and he's a freaking stellar actor. So Kurt it should be!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Tentacle Porn!

    by buffywrestling

    I hope the ending is as good as I imagined it to be. One of my favorite short stories.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    burt kurt isnt that tall or rangy looking, is he?

    by moondoggy2u

    I mean, I love Kurt, too, but I'm not sure it would work. Then again, he does have that stare that seems to drill holes into people. Maybe it would work. Still, I kinda pictured that guy that plays the lead on House. I'm not saying that particular actor, but someone who has his profile.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:14 p.m. CST

    speaking of thomas jane...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    when the fuck is killshot gonna get released? anybody know the story behind that one getting shelved?

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 2:06 a.m. CST

    OK, so what exactly did I miss?

    by BenBraddock

    It's GONE, MacReady!

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I completely agree with MOM

    by moondoggy2u

    I'm Christian, and fundamentalist Christians are most deffinitely pretty whacko, sometimes. Now, do I think they are all the cardboard cutouts that Stephen King makes them out to be? No, but there are most deffinitely a bunch that are. Still, King can't help it, I suppose: the man hasn't written a character that isn't a mediocre cutout or retread of previous characters in years. Well, with the exception of Lisey's story, I suppose, but even then, the climax was almost entirely ripped from Rose Madder, wasn't it?

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Re: Romero's "Dark Half"

    by toshiro-solo

    Am I the only one who liked it? Been years since I've seen it, but I remember it being fairly faithful as an adaptation and being reasonably creepy. At the very least, I'd say it doesn't belong on the list of truly awful King adaptations.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Hey SmackFu

    by TedSallis

    To be fair to King (and to most of us Christians), he usually depicts, not so much Christians but religious lunatics as his villains. The definition of a religious lunatic would be one who uses his faith as a weapon either politically or personal gain.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Dark Half was pretty good

    by Osmosis Jones

    Too bad there's no widescreen DVD.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    There is no excuse for bad CGI

    by Andy Warhol Jr

    If Darabont wanted something looking like animatronics, he should've done animatronics. Otherwise it's just an exercise in stupidity.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    To be fair King is pretty positive towards religions

    by Lovecraftfan

    Just read The Stand and Desperation. Both are overtly pro-religous films.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Not just the fx......

    by Cleyu

    The acting was seriously bad too.........Seriously guys this is straight to DVD stuff...

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    New and improved clips.....

    by Cleyu

    Harry it looked shit...........just admit it.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Fuck me, I'm not watching the clips . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . the trailer already showed me way too much. But from reading these posts, I sure as hell hope Darabont is too. Sounds like these FX need some serious improvement. Should have used WETA.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot.....the fx were awful.

    by Cleyu

    Look at how this post has been mangled...........wait for new trailers with better fx...........

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Hysterical sugar coating

    by RhesusmonkeyDave

    "Darabont has been directing the visual effects companies to make the CG less photo-real and more like a Stop-Motion creature" Ok guys, I have like, $47.23 in my wallet, give me a tentacle! lol Can we say... Shoestring?

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by jedimindflayer

    i don't know if i would say 'pro-religion' as much as i would say 'pro-spirituality'. as much blah-blah time as he spent on religion in the stand, it actually plays out as a spiritual journey by the end; desperation plays out like that as well- embrace your inner spirit voice and you shall know peace... i'm not certain that the spirit he refers to is necessarily jesus

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    For the Record...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... those clips were profoundly unfinished. Even when I saw the film, the FX were further along than this, and Cafe FX has been working to polish them nonstop. <P>Basically, take a look at PAN'S LABYRINTH. If you hated those FX, then don't bother expecting much from THE MIST. If, like me, you thought PAN'S was a great low-budget genre film with inventive FX work, then that's what you can expect from the finished version of THE MIST.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Pan's Lab fo rthe frickin' record...

    by BobWalnut

    "If, like me, you thought PAN'S was a great low-budget genre film with inventive FX work..." WHAT? Just a genre film? How about an emotional, allegorical masterpiece; a deeply personal meditation on war, responsibility and guilt... Do you just go to the flicks for a chance to see some "cool" FX? Unbelievable ...

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    when CGI becomes too real

    by Street Trash Bhoy

    Fed up with all the flim flab about the CGI in this film. Watch the Thing, aint no fuckin CGI in that film and its better than any monster film made since. American Werewolf in London, again incredible special effects... NO CGI. CGI can lick my shitty anus. Bring back stop motion! Films like this however it must be said show the mental age of some talk backers.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Awww, Come On...

    by karcreat42

    Play Nice! There are some of us that have waited over 20 years to see this as a film...people like, well, me...;) I read this in '82, have DREAMED of it as a movie (and occassionaly, as an illustrator, drawn up art relating to the story and so on) and I gotta say it looks EXACTLY as I pictured it in my head! Fellow fan? Check out my 'MIST' site... See ya at the theater! K

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by vezner2007

    It's like going back in time to a very unpleasant place. Did AICN get hacked. HAR HAR HAR!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    who knows, shuttleprod. I hit refresh

    by moondoggy2u

    and then all hell broke lose. Thank G-d I'm not alone. <p>I'm scared, shuttlepod.

  • Nov. 27, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    My 'MIST' Parody Artwork...

    by karcreat42

    Check it out, lemme know what ya all think... _____ ____ K