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Capone Reviews THE MIST!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I’m not sure when I’m going to check out this final cut of the film, but I know that I won’t be taking my wife to see it with me. She’s met Frank a few times and she loves SHAWSHANK and she thinks Frank is very sweet and nice, and if she sees this movie, that opinion will change. She’ll realize that Frank’s got... issues. And I genuinely think she’ll be too upset by certain choices he makes in the movie to be able to enjoy it. So this is one I’ll see with my friends in the next few days. Is Capone pro or con? I know that some of the other contributors here really didn’t like the film at all, and I’m actually more interested to read those explanations than one I agree with at this point. Let’s see...
Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. As closely affiliated as writer-director Frank Darabont's career is with the works of Stephen King (he adapted and directed THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and THE GREEN MILE), people tend to forget that Darabont has never actually worked on a King-related film based on the types of stories for which the master of horror is actually known. In other words, THE MIST is Darabont's very first attempt at horror in its purest form, where scaring the wee-wee out of you is among its prime objectives. He gives us hideous, oversize insect-like monsters that hide in a thick-as-soup mist that moves in over a small Maine town at an alarming speed. I guarantee you'll jump out of your seat a half-dozen times at least. And there's a fair amount of wonderfully realized gore moments that will make old-school make-up effects lovers grin from ear to ear. But these are the sorts of things you'd expect from any creature feature of quality. What Darabont does is something different, and it's what will always separate his films from other directors who dare to venture into the world of the supernatural, otherworldly, creep shows. Darabont gives a shit about the characters in his films. They aren't pieces of two-dimensional meat to be ripped apart for the glorification of the monsters. And he remembers that if we as an audience care about the characters, the threat upon or taking of their lives is made all the more terrifying. These people are actually living breathing people in danger. They aren't college students or campers more worried about how their hair and clothes look than the maniac coming at them with a machete. The people trapped in the grocery store setting are us, typical Americans, maybe with a few less minorities than the rest of the nation, but this is New England. Some of these people rise to the occasion and attempt to be heroes, while other cower and hide behind religion as the reason for all their troubles. In fact, the storyline about the religious war that erupts in the store is clearly meant to represent a microcosm of America right now, and how we react when fear (real or imagined) in injected into our lives. When I was in my first year of journalism school, I had a writing professor use King's original novella “The Mist” as an excellent example of descriptive language. The way he details the brand-name products that sit on the shelves or scattered across the store's floor was a writing style this professor wanted us to emulate. And Darabont's execution of this film notices all of these things as well. He isn't interested in examining the reasons the mist has come. There are serious indicators that things may have started as a result of a military experiment gone wrong at a nearby base, but there comes a time when the past isn't nearly as important as the future. First the goal is stay safe; then it becomes escape. Darabont's pacing is key to building this suspense. He's not interested in rushing through this tale, and the slowly growing mob mentality inside the store wouldn't even be possible is the director didn't simply take his time telling this story. Thomas Jane is perfect as the reluctant hero, who true objective is to protect his son. I also liked Toby Jones as one of the store employees, who actually does resemble a more traditional hero in every way but looks. In many ways, he's the film's secret weapon. I'm guessing those with more religious leanings are going to roll their eyes at Marcia Gay Harden's Mrs. Carmody, a zealot who is generally unpleasant even before the mist rolls in and just gets worse and more bold as the film goes on. She claims to be the voice of God, which would be a hell of a lot easier to dismiss if her predictions would just stop coming true. But she's also petty in her rages against others who dismiss her claims, and her eventual turn to blood lust comes across as a bit over the top when you actually see it on the screen. This is no fault of Harden's. She plays the character to perfection, and there's a look in her eyes that is so convincing that even I might have had a hard time resisting her pull if I were in that situation. There's a sequence involving a small group of people daring to travel outside the grocery store to the pharmacy next door to get medical supplies that is so chilling and nerve wracking that I found myself grinding my teeth without even realizing it for several minutes. I almost gave myself a migraine, dammit. And the scene is probably the scariest I've seen all year. For King purists, the biggest change from the source material is Darabont's more definitive ending, and holy shit on a Ritz cracker, you will not be able to shake this ending. For those who find Darabont overly sentimental (thanks in large part to his directing work on THE MAJESTIC), let's just say you won't have that issue with THE MIST. Good luck shaking it when the film is over. This is the best kind of scare film: one that not only remembers that some of the greatest horror movies of all time have an underlying message about the times, but also doesn't forget to throw all sorts of disgusting monsters in your face and frighten you relentlessly. THE MIST reminds me why I love King's writing so much and why Darabont's filmmaking will also be something to look forward to. Capone

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  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Others and I always applauded when...

    by kyle051554

    ...Mrs. Carmody would get cans thrown in her face (and more, without spoiling the movie). I think we pissed of some religious nutjobs who sat a couple rows ahead; I suppose they thought the character was making some good points.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    You may have just convinced me to see this Capone...

    by GravyAkira

    Because the previews have done nothing for me so far. No Country for Old Men needs to hurry up and get to my town though!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'm thankful for AICN.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Please, Mr. King, give us an explanation as to the crazy.

    by CreasyBear

    phenomena. Throw us a bone. Something. You don't have to bog down the denouement with a Scooby-Doo post-game exposition, but please. Come up with something. It's just lazy.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks Capone

    by pvs

    Great review!! I agree 100 percent that the trek to the pharmacy was so f'n scary. The ending just stunned me even though I had read about it here at AICN.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Great movie.

    by El Scorcho


  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    "Frank’s got... issues."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    This comment is full of bullshit on so many levels. First off, Frank is not the one who wrote a screenplay about homesick abortions. Moriarity did. Second off, show me a person without "issues" and I'll show you either one of two things: a dog or a severly mentally retarded person. Like Moriarty. Third off, Moriarity is just worried that if he takes his wife to see The Mist it'll be the whole Clubber Lang/Mrs. Rocky Balboa moment from Rocky III. He's worried she'll see how a REAL MAN writes a screenplay and creates a good story, not some bullshit about demonic pap-smears climbing out of vaginas. You suck, Moriarty, you suck all 31 flavors right down to the cones!!!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Spoiler about the end...

    by rsswope

    Pennywise the clown insists it is all a dream...

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    TOO FOGGY!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    or misty, whateva.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Damn Mori, is this guy some waiter you forgot to tip?

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by Alientoast

    The ending was perhaps one of the most fucked up endings I have seen from a Hollywood movie in a very long time. In many ways, it's a more appropriate end than the book.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Gotta be some connection there.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Eberts Review upsets me

    by ThePilgrim

    Of all the Horror narratives to be translated to screen. This story was the one people cried to see relized in cinema for ages. Ebert seems to get mad in his review after saying that franks Shawshank is number 2 on Near the end of his review he even calls one of the character an obvious plot device. His review is so cynical. The best horror movies don't explain the threat they just set it loose. Has modern horror pushed us to think it has too. Honestly not letting us know is the way we like it. Don't tell me why it is just make me fear it for being. What the good horror films do is explain and flesh out the characters in peril. This setting, this situation allows for that. All walks of life trapped in a store hiding from the mist outside, at first fearing it might be some terroristic thing and soon realizing that there are things, things you can't clearly see that wait for them out there. Hell ensues. Sounds like what most of us would do. Maybe the religious bit wears thin or is too over the top. I don't know I haven't seen it. But this story is a no brainer to me. It's a ride, your ass in the seat, with the bar pushed uncomfortably down over your chest. The chains moving and the climb up this hill is really high. Your waiting for the top to come but there still you go higher and higher till you feel as if something just isn't natural abou tthe highness of this thing and then your at the top looking at the drop below you feel the tug. Muther of god we are fucked!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    It's not issues Frank's got,'s BALLS

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Big, veiny, hairy BALLS. And they're coming for your mouths, fuckers! Fuck all you hates. And fuck maroirity most of all with his stupid "issues" crack.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Capone is a mangod

    by Bob of the Shire

    Jesus dude, slow down. I don't even have to time to read all the content you generate for this site. You're a machine dude.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Ebert's a fucking pussy

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    A big, soft, hairless pussy. Remember, ebert's the fuckspoon one who said he DIDN'T enjoy the movie "Aliens" because it was "too intense." Fuck him. Fuck him right in his flabby stomach. fuckin ebert. fuckin moriarity.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    When you say franks got issues

    by ThePilgrim

    What do you mean? Did someone finally bludgeon a mother to death with her infant child as a weapon. I thought Eli would be the first to do that..

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I got an issue, oh yeah...

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    ...a BIG fuckin' issue, and it's with guys who go around psychoanalizing people who are superior to them in every way measurable, just like Moriarty tried to do with Frank, who's not only ten times more talented than Mo, but who is even BETTER LOOKING, bald head and all! Appologize to Frank, Mo, for your bullshit stupid-ass sister-fucking comments. Apologize now!

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:30 p.m. CST

    One issue that Frank DOES have, however

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    He fucked up the story in one regard when he took out the part in the book where David Dryden and Amanda Humfires sneaked off when the kid was asleep and fucked in the manager's office. this is the only thing i thought was unrealistic about the movie. Everybody knows there are three things in life that get girls wet and ready to fuck: 1. Weddings 2. On vaction with their female friends. 3. Giant bugs outside the supermarket wanting to eat them. Whenever chicks are in those situations, they ALWAYS put out. Always. So that was kinda unrealistic. Dryden shoulda fucked that chick cross-eyed as soon as his son's head hit the pillow. Still, great movie...and Moriarty still sucks.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    "THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE MIST!!!" and it sucks.

    by Shermdawg

    I don't care how close to the book this film is. (But if it is, King's a hack.) These characters are by the fucking numbers. You got your... <br><br> Big City Artist Dad as the hero. (It figures. It's always gotta be the Big City Artist/Writer as the hero.) <br><br> Redneck as the drunk, dimwitted, "HEY! We don't take kindly to your type around here!", mechanic. (It figures.) <br><br> Angry Black Guy, who is more interesting than Hero White Guy as an actor and should've been given this role instead, despite Hero White Guy giving a strong performance, as well as making me wish he had been cast as Hero White Guy With Claws And Mutton Chops. <br><br> Crazy Religious Nut - I'm not exactly down with my christian upbringing, but I was just a tad put off by Marsha Gay Harden's character. Yes, there are people like that out there, but Darabount should've used another persons faith to balance what, even to me, appeared to be an attack on christianity, regardless if it was in the book or not. And how ironic is it that someone named Gay Harden would be cast in this role. :P <br><br> There's the Hot Check Out Chick (That was the Riddick chick wasn't it? She'd be pretty good as Wonder Woman.) who seems oblivious to the fact that the world may be going to hell, and just wants to flirt with Generic Army Guy in the locker room. A scene that is so forced, it almost screams I IS GONNA DIE A FEW MINUTES LATER. She was fucking hot though, I guess that has to count for sumthin'. The rest of the cast I can live with, it's nice to see some familar faces from previous King adaptions show up. <br><br> I'm hoping this thing was cut, because just having that one dude running towards the supermarket yelling about the mist and then it following him just didn't flow right. There should have been a a few shots showing the mist approaching from overhead, and a quick scene of that guy and the person that he said was "grabbed" stating "What the hell is that?", as is, shit just happens. And not resolving Andre Braugher's fate was lame. By either including him in the bullshit ending, or having Jane stumble over his body in route to his car, almost seems like a given. But nope. <br><br> Then there's the stupid shit like Jane telling everyone he heard a sound. YOU FUCKING SAW THE GAWD DAMNED LOADING DOCK DOOR BULGE AND ALL YOU FUCKING SAY IS "I HEARD SOMETHING"??? <br><br> Bullshit. <br><br> Also it's bullshit they killed off "THE SHERMANATOR" with some lameass cg'd tenacles. I'll let the subpar monster designs slide, but dammit if that wasn't some bad work done on the tenacles. <br><br> Then ya got the bullet issue. QUICK DRAW CAPOTE says there's ten rounds left, I lose count. Then in the pharmacy there's a closeup of his gun, and me not exactly being a firearm specialist, I assumed he ran out. (Or did it jam?) Then out of nowhere he busts two caps in that bitch's ass, and four remain for the ending. (Maybe it did jam.) <br><br> Now, my thoughts on the ending... <br><br> When they ran out of gas, I thought, y'know, this would be a good ending. Just leave them there. Leave it to you imagination, OR possibility for a sequel where we have a modern day Starship Troopers kinda deal going on. But then it went with the mercy kills, and that was awesome. RARELY does something like this ever happen in cinema. Especially involving kids. I'm not down with happy endings, especially if they don't feel like a realistic outcome to the events presented in the film. For example, Mission: Impossible III should've had BOOGIE NIGHTS CAPOTE actually kill Tom's wife, just like, Cruise's son should've died in WotW. But in The Mist, it delivered. I would've done the same thing given the situation. But then, the scene that redeemed the film in my eyes as a recommended flick, drops the ball, and drops it hard. That fucking convoy was bullshit. Not for the fact that he just offed his son and three others, but it felt cheap. Cheaper than that fucking poorly cg'd tenacle. People bitched an moaned over the split second sunset into night scene in X3, well this tops it. All of the sudden, after the deed was done, they just come rolling in. <br><br> Lame. <br><br> Shamalamadingdong wouldn't even pull something like that. <br><br> And as bad as that was, the constant wailing of a song they use for the last five minutes or so, is annoying as all fuck. <br><br> This film sucks on so many levels, but at least Jane turned in a solid performance. And yes, HE should've been casted as Logan. His gruffness seems natural as opposed to Jackman's. (I've yet to see The Punisher, so I may be wrong.) <br><br> "STAY AWAY FROM THE MIST!!!" is right.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... you'll see. This isn't the most optimistic of films, and I think it's very much a product of Frank reacting to the world right now as he finally sat down to write this.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Anyone catch the Manchurian Candidate homage?

    by Osmosis Jones

    Mrs. Carmody with the milk bottle...

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... relax. I'm not insulting Frank, not remotely. I think this is a film that reveals a much more complicated worldview than some audiences might have expected from his previous films as a director. I'm sorry you feel the need to be an asshole to me, but it's on you. No one else was being insulting before you started.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    There hasn't been a "scary" film released since E.T. (Of course, I was two at the time.)

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Yes, Jane WOULD make a good Logan...

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    But he'd make a good Frosty the fuckin' Snowman, too. Fuck, Jane'd be good at anything. Most nights, I take off all my clothes and flex my muscles in the full-legnth mirror and pretend that I am Thomas Jane. BUt why the fuck did he have a hairy back in Boggie Nights?!? Was that shit for real??? Ugh, poor partrica arqutuee.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    Jane having a hairy back is all the more reason for him to be cast as Wolvie.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:55 p.m. CST


    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Sorry, Mo. I didn't mean it. And I'm glad you liked the movie! :D

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    "...Christian Bale was not in it."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    "...Christian Bale was not in it."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST

    "...Christian Bale was not in it."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Pay a little closer attention to the final credits next time, dickspoon, and you'll see that Christian Bale was "Giant Lobster Monster #3." And of all the giant lobster monsters in the movie, the one he played was the least convincing. P.S. I am going to see it again 2morrow with my son...if the bitch will let me see him, that is. :-(

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    When the shit hits the fans, you got about 1 day to get it toget

    by ShiniGamiSan

    I went to watch this with my 2 boys, 12 and 15. We're prepared for almost any major disaster. (Generators, fuel, 2 years+ of food, thousands of rounds of ammo, plenty of firepower, hundreds of gallons of water reserve.) I even have hardcore Medic Sets, Gas Masks, Chemical and biological suits, etc. The movie said it all when they asked if anyone had a gun, and then, if anyone knew how to use it. Been in life threatening situations, and people freeze, hesitate, cower, loose it, etc , etc. They break down that fast. They've been given a safety net all of their lives, and that's all they have. When it becomes clear the net is gone, the brain switches off. I've seen people involved in a minor situation, completely breakdown. Crying, denial, praying, etc etc. And oversomething I'm just pulling out my M4 for and calling in back-up, and wondering what number MRE I should crack open for lunch. It will happen that fast, it will go to shit quickly, as soon as everyone realizes that no one has a plan or means of survival. Just stay the fuck away from my crib. You're not prepared to get fucked, this is what you get. People fall apart quickly. They have very few if any survival skills. 911 is down, they panic. They have no food stored at home. They have no fuel. I'd just hole up for a week, and by then, 95% of these FTards would be dead of starvation, dehydration, etc, etc.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Walker, Texas Ranger: The Movie...

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    ...staring Thomas Jane as Walker. You can make the three million dollar check for this golden idea payable to CASH and send it to me now, Hollywood!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    I just read your post and...well, forgive me for asking, but you wouldn't happen to have a non-discript cabin up in the woods someplace with a cage inside it and two terrified missing women locked inside that cage by any chance, would you? The only reason I'm asking is because you seem the type. You know, koo-koo for Coco Puffs. Now go shave off that beard that's down to your motherfuckin' waist and join the human race, would you? Sheeze, whatta psycho.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Optimism in horror films are best when they are short pauses

    by ThePilgrim

    of false illusion infecting the remaining in peril characters just before the evil "Sorry no good guy wins" ending for you occurs. I like em mean and fearless of offending others. Safe by the numbers horror scenarios are for teenagers who want to hold sweaty hands. If your not offending and upsetting yourself on a massive scale when writing or making a horror film. You just not trying hard enough. People say no gore, but murder aint pretty. Is it soft core horror or hardcore horror? Some like to see it all. Some don't I guess. Oh yeah and don;t kill kids, cause thats a bummer. You can't do that... We made a line we pussed out. Someone has to cross it.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    "Someone has to cross it."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    "Someone has to cross it."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    As a fan of the novella...

    by pantera777

    ...the ending totally pissed me off. And I've been pissed off a few times (Both Matrix Sequels, The second Star Wars Trilogy...) but I've always bitten my tongue. That ending ruined the entire movie, imho, and I wish I had never seen it.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    FuckYo Fuck Tard

    by ShiniGamiSan

    I don't live in a cabin, I have no interest in missing women, I only worry about protecting my immediate family. I don't have a beard, and I'm a quite prominent member of society. I actually make something you see on TV all the time. I am however, ready for any breakdown. If I never have to use it, great, if I do, it priceless. So when oil hits $100 a barrel (Oops, almost hit that already), and any sort of supply line breaks (Food, Water, Electricity, Phone, Internet), you'd better head to Walmart so you can try to buy a few days supply of snacks on your debit card. Remember when people were called nuts last year for saying oil would hit $100 a barrel. But I know, you have a converter in your garage to turn cooking oil into Diesel fuel. I've seen supply disruptions, that cause people to empty store shelves of all food in 3 days, have you? Do you even have enough food and water in your crib to last out till over the weekend?

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    "Someone has to cross it."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Yes, and his name is Thomas Jane. And every night I lie in bed lamenting the fact that he didn't fuck my mother the night my father did instead and become my real father, not just my SPIRITUAL one.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Excellent Review


    Unlike some reviewers who seem to be a bit unsure of this movie because it scared them a bit too much!? this now sounds like a fucking great HORROR film with genuine scares and the power to disturb like the good old days of Alien, The Exorcist, and The Thing<P>Me thinks the PG13 Kids don't know what's hit em!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    "...the ending totally pissed me off."

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Hey, pantera, go read the story again...or don't and just listen to me when I tell you there's a line in it that comes just after they leave the supermarket that goes almost exactly like this: "We had a gun and enough bullets for us all, if it came to that." I swear to fuckin' Jesus it's in there! I'm just surprised that nobody ever points it out to people who love the story but hate the way the movie ended because they think it's so untrue to it.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I hate to agree with a kid whose user name is "Shermdawg", but .

    by Laszlo Vilsay

    ... he's mostly right. "The Mist" is a big disappointment. Anyone interested in seeing it should either wait for DVD, or have your buddy open the exit door and sneak in. Major problems: the characters are caricatures. King would probably maintain they're archetypes, but I say caricatures. The whimpering child. The crazy lady. There's no texture or complexity whatsoever to these people, so I didn't care what happened to them. Well, that's fine, jackass, but I don't care about "characters". I want to see some monsters and shit. Well, that's fine too, but as others are pointing out, the effects in this movie are not good. Plastic. No weight. Fake looking. Even the design of the creatures left a lot to be desired. The pharmacy scene with the spiders and cocooned victims is tense. And I did like how Darabont gives some closure about the wife left at home, but the new ending, and most of the movie, is just so over the top emotionally. Several people in the theater I saw this in were laughing during all the big emotional moments, which are just hammered over the audience's head. It's obvious the primary influence here was "The Thing", but Darabont really failed to create any mood of Gothic dread. Either he was rushed, or didn't have the money for decent effects. Ugh. Wait for DVD, people.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Some Crossed it

    by ShiniGamiSan

    Hey, FuckYoMama, Jane fucked your mom, and then pulled out and shot his load on her mound. Later, her next John that delivered a live load was your dad. If your dad wouldn't have sot his load on the 2nd thrust, you wouldn't exist. Jane pulled out early, as your Mom was a 2 bagger, his bag had fallen of his head, and at the same time your mom's bag/feed sack fell off. Time to retire the old nag.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Chances are, I'm older than you Laszlo. ;)

    by Shermdawg

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    So the failure is in the fact that the victims

    by ThePilgrim

    are all 2 dimension character types. I hope this isn't true. People placed in a situation like this should remain almost bland and common until the desperation sets in. They should have personalities and traits, but they shouldn't be types. Like mad black man type and so on, but then again Kings novels always make each character at some point a character type. Kinda hard to walk away from it when it infects the source materials pace and plot structure to begin with. I understand having issues with it. When I walk around Walmart. I see fashion sense, possible income earning ability, and educational foundation, but we are very quiet among one another getting pissed off at each other from walking down the same isle from the opposite direction. I would image that people would feel their way through with the other people, and not be so direct about their intentions or so honest about their trueselfs.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Hey ShiniGamiSan

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Thanks for your concern about my prospects of survival in the event of The Big One. You'll be happy to know that I've got plenty of duct tape for my windows, and as for food, well, I'll just eat your wife's pussy. :D

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:08 a.m. CST

    The Ending - MINOR SPOILER

    by WerePlatypus

    I saw it tonight, and I thought it kicked ass. I was already a big fan of the story, so I might be a little biased. . . as far as the ending goes, it didn't work for me. . . . I always saw the climax of the story being the witnessing of "elephant legs." For the characters, it is a moment not of fear, but of sheer, dumb-fuck wonder. Something Cthulu-esque, literally beyond imagining. Don't get me wrong, it played very well in the movie, but the idea of that moment is lost . . . contradicted, by what follows. . . I think Darabont could have done even more with that scene, perhaps puntuate THAT moment as the emotional denoument, not the current ending we have. Despite that, it's still a great movie, and the ending as shown in the movie does have it's own emotional weight.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Archetypes in monster movies

    by Laszlo Vilsay

    "The Thing" had characters, not archetypes. "Aliens" - in spite of 80% of the cast being Marines - had well developed characters, not archetypes. I also thought "The Descent" did a pretty good job of defining its characters and making them sympathetic to the audience. For me, "The Mist" isn't in that class and doesn't even come close.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Elephant legs?!?

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Hey, WerePlatapus, when we see the elephant legs go walking by do they look just like they're described in the book? You know, all gray and deeply groved and covered in bugs? You know, kinda like the leg's on ShiniGamiSan's poor wife?

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST

    I know why dairbont didn't use King's ending

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    It's because King actually wrote the real ending into the story -- it comes right after they leave the supermarket when Dave says "We had a gun and enough bullets for us all, if it came to that -- it's just that Stephen King didn't have the balls to use it, so he cut the story short. He new he had painted himself into a corner, so he just quit. Deairbont, however, is NOT a quiter, thank god, and he had the balls to see the story through to it's one, true end.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    "it's a renter plain and simple"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Like your mama. Twenty bucks an hour, I'm told.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    "...some closure about the wife left at home"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    "...some closure about the wife left at home"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Yeah, that probably my favorite scene in the entire movie! I mean, the look on his face when he drives by and sees his wife going down on one of the lobster monsters out the passenger side window! Then he mutters, "Whatta slut." Priceless Thomas Jane moment.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:47 a.m. CST

    "how is that ballsy???"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST

    "how is that ballsy???"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Well, I'm not so sure about the national guard showing up right after he kills everybody in the car. That part strikes me as a little,'s like when Homer Simpson does something really stupid and he goes "Doh"! It seems like a Doh ending. But that group suicide bit in the car, it comes right outta the book. It's very TRUE to the book. King was just too much of a pussy to use it.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:55 a.m. CST

    the mist

    by red ezra

    I enjoyed it - the crowd was divided at the ending booing or clapping - definitely the defining moment of the movie - well done for a king adaptation - darabont fan

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:57 a.m. CST

    still scared

    by cahcat

    after i saw the mist i was driving home through fog and damnit i was scared and creeped out! that proves what an awesome horror movie can do!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:58 a.m. CST

    "booing or clapping"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    If I was siting next to a guy that was booing this moive after it was over -- even though, to be totally honest, I still haven't seen it yet -- I'd be so made, I'd have his balls for cufflinks and his girlfriend's titties for earmuffs. Fuck that booer, fuck him right up his booing ass!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 2:02 a.m. CST

    "damnit i was scared and creeped out!"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Ohhhhhh, I hope it's foggy 2morrow night when I go with my son (if the bitch will let me see him, that is) and if it's NOT foggy, I just might have to buy some dry ice from the local baskin & robbins and throw it into the back of my car. I can't wait to see this with my son...if the bitch'll let me see him, that is.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I heard Thomas Jane endorsed Hillary for President

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    That doesn't make him any less of a man in my book, though. All it really does is just go to show that Thomas Jane ALWAYS gets behind the pussy. Always. And woe betide the man, or beast, that gets between it amd him. Hey, I just got a great idea. Hey Moriarty, get Harry to change the name of this site, get him to change it to "Aint It THOMAS JANE News," 'cuz as we all know, Thomas Jane is cooler than cool.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 2:49 a.m. CST

    "Get a free PS3"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Hey, I got a better offer for you, ranma627, you fuckin' spam bot -- how about gettin' my big old nine inch black motherfuckin' dick in your motherfuckin' mouth? There's no purchase nessecarry and it's got a lifetime garrentee: I'll fuck your face till you fuckin' choke to death, mothafucka!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3 a.m. CST

    I HATED the ending!!

    by GibsonUSA

    That ruined the whole movie for me. They should have left it open what happened to the survivors instead of telling it didnt make any sense!! Would YOU do what they did at the end so f'n QUICKLY?? That ruined the movie.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST

    The car runs outta gas....

    by GibsonUSA

    ...don't you think you're gonna at least um, look around for a while...maybe check to see if there are any other opportunities? Maybe wait a bit? (Everyone in the car still seemed relatively healthy and there were no monsters around at the moment)....but no, the car runs out of gas and within 60 secs they make their move....WTF?? TOO FAST!!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:28 a.m. CST


    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    Yeah, you're right: it all happened to fast, it wasn't realistic. What would've been more realistic is if the main character shot the kid, then shot the old granny, then spent the next 17 hours in the car banging that hot blond chick again and again, then shot her, THEN have gotten out himself. That would've rung truer. It's what I woulda done, anyway.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    "Miss The Mist and you'll be pissed"

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    That's what that dead movie-critic fucker, the one with the big thick glasses and the big black afro and the gigantic black mustace, Gene Schallit, that's what he's going around saying up in heaven right now. I'll bet you anything.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Last post of the night...and it's a dozy...

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    When I was 15 years old me and my dad went to the movies together, saw Burton's Batman. Late showing. Nobody in the entire theater except for me, him and a guy and a girl about five seats behind us. About halfway into it, the girl starts sucking the guys dick. Noisily. It was awful, having to sit their with my father and listen to some chick suck some guys dick, both of us pretending we didn't hear it out of sheer embarasment. God, it was awful.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Just got back from seeing it

    by DarthJedi

    and was pretty blown away by it. up until the ending I thought I was watching a page for page adaption. The ending was not cool, but in a cool way, to paraphrase an above poster. It should have just stopped though and not shown the very end. Pretty damn bleak. Very cool and is on the must buy list now.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Just got back from reading Ebert's review

    by FuckYoMamaWithTheL.A.Raiders

    And I want to slap him across his flabby face with my own erect cock. Fat fuck! Fuck him in the ass with his two-star review!!!!!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:13 a.m. CST

    the original ending for the sweetest thing..

    by ironic_name

    was jane shooting diaz in the head, then blowing up her friends in a skull pattern.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:14 a.m. CST


    by MJDeViant

    I love Shawshank, The Green Mile, The Thing, and pretty much everything else this movie gets compared too. You know what I would compare it to? Critters or Tremors. And yes, I like those movies too, but this movie is just a flat, cardboard film that should have, and sometimes looks, like it should have been made in 1990's. It's basically over-exaggerated cliches. The ending is the only new feeling part.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:15 a.m. CST

    ebert said..

    by ironic_name


  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:18 a.m. CST

    ebert to play raziel in legacy of kain movie

    by ironic_name

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Storm of the Century

    by MJDeViant

    I forgot to include that, but it's basically Critters, Tremors and Storm of the Century mixed together. I can't understand the positive reviews this is getting. And yes, we all get the "undertones" of the film and how people react to fear and blah blah blah. Because you get pounded over the head with it. I'm lumping this in with the Halloween remake as the most forgettable movies of the year.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Good Movie...Shit Ending

    by karcreat42

    It was all going so good...nice adaption, some deviations from the novella...all fine, expected...but the ending just sucks, period, for me. Sure, I suppose 'Franks got balls' or whatever the fuck people keep saying...I suppose it would take 'balls' to have all the characters die at the end of ANY movie, but so WHAT if it DOESNT FIT the pre established story up to that point?...The WAY it happened was completely, LAUGHABLY unreal...they dont even TRY the damn radio, or wait to see what happens next (too bad, too!) or venture out to seek help (hell, they MAY get attacked...MAY...but thats sure as shit a better option than blowing your head off, and your KIDS aint it?) they IMMEDIATELY all 'go for the gun'...its completely against EVERY ONE of their characters, and PATHETIC as an acceptable ending...other than THAT, tho, a very decent adaption of the King tale...sure as shit too bad about that ending tho...

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Just wondering

    by Al_Shut

    is it realy possible in the English language to negate the phrase 'to don't give a shit' and end up with something that's supposed to mean that you care?

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this, Darabont always delivers!

    by KillaKane

    Intelligently written, character driven and well constructed entertainment.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    a man named Jane

    by Maniaq

    that was a pretty cool episode of Serenity! <br> <br> that's all I got

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    won't see this, but tom jane is cool

    by ironic_name

    he doesn't pretend to like comics, he likes 'em.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST


    by Alientoast

    The choice you are saying is unrealistic didn't seem like such to me. You're in a fucked situation, and your options are "painful" or "not painful". Gee, which would people pick if given the chance?

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Very EC Comics/Twilight Zone inspired ending.

    by Ivan_Mtl

    I have not seen the film yet, but have read the book and enjoyed it immensely. From what I have seen from the trailers, it does appear to be very faithful to the book. I don't understand why anyone would criticize the film because they don't explain where the mist came from, when clearly it is stated in one of the trailers (as well as in the book) that it was a nearby government military installation conducting tests to create a window/door to another dimension. I also don't have a problem with Mr. Darabont choosing to eliminate the scene where Frank and Amanda sneak off for a quicky because I felt it wasn't needed in the book (and felt completely out of place). From what I've read about the ending, it does seem a little hasty considering all that the characters have battled through. Unless the characters were under immediate danger (like, for example, in the opening bank robbery scene of Serenity when Nathan Fillion shoots someone who is being dragged off by Reavers). The "suicide/mercy killing" escape is nothing new. In Aliens (and the much under-appreciated Alien 3) Ripley asks both Hicks and Dillon to "take care of her" if it comes to it (and which Hicks replies he would do them both). As an EC comics and Twilight Zone fan, it reminds me very much of an ending where one astronaut kills his companions out of mercy, or for their air supply only to discover that he is still on earth. I suppose I won't know until I see it but I'm sure that I won't even be thinking about it as I am swept along for the ride. I will agree, however, that the CGI creature effects don't look very good. There just doesn't seem to be any "weight" to them and they are not matched to their respective backgrounds/environment in terms of lightning, focus, or whatever (I'll leave it to the experts to explain why). Hopefully, the actors, story, etc., will make this flaw more palatable. Whatever the case, I will definitely be seeing it this weekend.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Crowd Noise

    by WerePlatypus

    I've been to alot of rude theatres, but the theatre we saw the Mist in last night was one of the noisyist (noisy-est - how the fuck do you spell that word anyway?) experiences we've ever had at the theatr. And I've been to Disney films on a Saturday matinee. The low murming was pretty constant once Mrs. Carmody starting ranting. It was almost like her presence made everybody feel so unconfortable, that they just couldn't shut the fuck up and watch it anymore. After the tentacle attack, I sw three people get up and leave. Then, after Mrs. Carmody starting going on about stem cells, etc. I saw more people leave, and from then on, I heard people talk throughout the whole thing. I'm pretty good at tuning it out, but I could still hear it. . . anyone, want to conjecture what that was all about? BTW - I live in Texas. . . the non-Autin part. . .

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Getting Out of the Car

    by WerePlatypus

    Why didn't they try for an escape once the car ran out of gas? I'll tell you why. . . Once he saw that MP at the pharmacy, allowing his son out of that car alive is simply out of the question. No way. . . nu huh. On the other hand, not finding himself a nice Howard Johnson's to hole up before the jeep runs out of gas. . . well. . .

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    It made no sense....

    by GibsonUSA

    The end of the movie completely goes against the characters who made it to the car. These were the resourceful ones that remained relatively sane....led by Thomas Jane, which found ways out of situations the whole movie and actually led a relatively successful run to the pharmacy and to the SUV. The fact that he pretty much gives up 10 seconds after the car runs out of gas makes no sense and ruined suspension of disbelief for me. It's not about what happened at the end, its about the timing and way it other movies when people off themselves, they are completely backed into a corner with the monster literally banging down the door. Here they simply ran out of gas, with the car sitting there in relative peace, and with everyone in the car uninjured and totally mobile. discussion? brainstorming? taking at least a few minutes to THINK?? That's what Thomas Jane did the whole movie up until that point right...THINK of a ways to help him and others. Maybe there was no other choice...but its like they didnt even think about it, they just made eye contact and did it within 60 seconds of no more gas.<BR><BR> Another thing I dont get is how they could run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. They didnt explain that. Sure, they were at a lakeside retreat or something, but as I recall there was still a significant amount of gas left in the tank, and the movie implies they drove many hours before running out. Yet it seemed like the gas running out took them by surprise. If you were in an SUV with, lets say, a half a tank of gas, wouldnt you prepare for it running out? Considering they drove for hours and hours, there just HAD to be something out there...a 7-11, a cabin, even a gas station maybe...the people in the grocery store took their food...after driving hours and hours, when the gas warning light comes on, doesnt the planning and brainstorming for possibilities begin there? Thomas Jane and that other guy made it, what, they said "200 feet" before encountering a monster, so generally there is possibility of making some way safely....whats with the running out of gas in the middle of nowhere and offing everyone within 60 seconds??<BR><BR> It wasnt that the ending was fucked up. In fact, the fact that it made no sense to be ruined it from having a fucked up feeling.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    The mist

    by Ozzie_H

    I saw this movie at the village and I ordered a maximum over dog, and all I can say is I want my f@#$ing money back. My brother on the other hand ordered a royal with cheese and he gave me a piece and that burger was magnificant!As far as the movie in question is concerned(the mist)I thought it was great. Frank Daroubont directs like King writes. Its a fucking beautiful imagination those two have. The ending of this movie was very shocking to say the least. Don't order the maximum over dog at the alamo.That fuking hot dog started an inserection in my gullet.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Darabont is

    by veritasses

    a great story teller in the classic sense. Sort of like the Hans Christian Anderson or Grimm Brothers of cinema. His characters are simple and unambiguous in who they are and what purpose they serve in the story, but in that (perceived) "simplicity" is this man's genius. He shows all the levels of humanity, from the good to the bad, in an easy flowing, almost poetic manner, keeping stories clean and clear and without being over complicated or too forceful (though there are time when he lays things out a bit thick). What he achieves in his writing combined with is directing and what he's able to pull out of the actors is really fantastic. There aren't many directors who can (when he wants to) effectively evoke emotion from the audience in such an unassuming way.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    King's a Hack?

    by TheBladehelm

    I love it when people say "King's a Hack" as though that is a given absolute. And so what if it is? He's only the most successful hack in the history of the world. Calling King a hack is the same as saying despite his enormous popularity and longevity, he is a substandard writer and the only reason he sells as many books as he does is because the general public is too stupid to realize he's a shitty writer. Well bravo, good for you for how much better than us you are. You win the "I'm the coolest asshole on the planet" award.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    The Thing poster

    by Series7

    There is a lot of talk about this movie? Did anyone else notice the Poster Thomas Jane had hanging was for the Thing? I guess it would have been too obvious if it was a poster for The Fog. And I'm sorry that stuff in the film was fog, if it were mist how come now one got wet? I liked the movie but I always thought the Mist sounded gay.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane

    by Series7

    I know everyone here talks him up, and I like him. I just think in the end he isn't that good of an actor? I mean I always want him to be, but by far the best movie he's ever done was Deep Blue Sea. I owned Stander but traded it in because it was only ok? Thomas Jane plays the same guy in all his movies. Which sucks because I rememeber how bad ass he was in Deep Blue sea, and he has just kind of stuck with that ever since.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    The mist vs. Saw?

    by Series7

    I actually watched the mist and Saw back to back last night, and I chilled in 30 days of night in between the two movies. And 30 days of night is the best of the three I think. I wish I had saw Saw first because you needed to stay awake for that movie, I really didn't get the end, though it was a lot better then the 3rd one, but the deaths were the worst. You didn't have to stay awake for the mist, but it defeintly is a movie you need to see in theaters, I think it will suck on DVD, unless you see it with more then 5 people. Overall I say that the Mist is better then Saw IV, just because Saw IV was boring but a new take on the Saw series. But both sucked compared to 30 days of night. That scene where the fly over the town and the vampires are just going crazy is so awesome.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    I agree with you about the ending, wouldn't that all just hang out for a bit? I guess they were trying to say that they had all had too much. The could've made that last scene a good 15 minutes longer with them driving seeing cool shit. Thats why I like the ending to 30 days of night better, because it had show'd them trying everything they could to survive, and what Eben did kind of made sense. I think the Mist and 30 days of night are very similar movies, both have been done millions of times before. Just 30 days of night was cooler and scarier. The mist was good but not that scary. Plus the ending for 30 days was more satisfying not just dumb, that everyone on this site seems to call shocking?

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA

    Yeah, its like in their minds the gas in the car was the last ditch effort...but it wasnt set up properly....even when the car runs out of gas, there still is the sense that there are more possible escape possibilities, which makes what they do so unbelievable. They werent under attack or anything...they were just sitting there in the car in relative peace and quiet.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Wow, what an ending!!!!

    by drummer2112

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Wow, what an ending!!!!!

    by drummer2112

    I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and have read everything he's published since I was a kid, (40 now), and The Mist has been my favorite since I first read it over 20 years ago. Loved the movie, but my god....the ending will blow you away. I couldn't agree w/capone more, I cannot shake the new ending. Brilliant.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    just saw it


    and a great time to- there were maybe three people in the theater for the 2:00 show.......overall, the movie was good and what i expected.Like someone else said- resembling an old EC sci-fi horror comic or an episode of twilight zone...two very high bars to reach, IMO. I agree about scenes with the tentacles being too clean and CGI, but to all the people who complained that thomas jane asked the stupid question "did you guys hear that?"after seeing the loading door buckle----well, he didn't se it- WE did. they more than visually explained that it was pitch dark and he couldn't see anything back there...hitting his head and falling over things. they never showed his reaction to the bulging- he just booked it after hearing what WE saw in the dark......MAN i loved the spiders having humanlike teeth...and the giant thing at the...well, i won't spoil funny thing i haven't seen anyone mention is when jane goes to the pharmacy to get supplies, and grabs a comic off the shelf-did you see what it was? HELLBOY. not a great kiddie comic, but very appropriate! do you type in paragraph breaks here? enter doesn't work and i'm tired of space my thoughts!

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    30 Days of Night is putrid

    by jabbathegriffin

    30 Days of Night offers a cool shot overlooking a town getting slaughtered by vampires. A whole 40 seconds of imagination. Too bad about the rest of it being completely uninspired and boring. Yes, watching people getting eaten by vampires is BORING when you are never given the opportunity to care about any of the survivors. When will people realize that 'cool' and 'scary' are NOT one in the same. Unfortunately, this is The Mist's downfall. It just didn't have enough cool shots in it.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    siphoning...or something


    the shock ending doesn't bother me, but even if they had added in a 5 minute sequence where they cruise by some wreckage or cars, saddle up real close, and attempt to siphon some gas or jump to a new car (clear out the corpses) or something...and there is another struggle or close call- maybe losing one of the old people in the fray- and show that they either never want to attempt to do anything like that again, or they do manage to get just a bit more gas, which only strands them that much farther away from anything close to get more. that simple final event would have helped to pad the fact that running out of gas IS the last straw, and it's something they wouldn't want to get out of the car for again.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Can you imagine...

    by TCSailor

    ...the outcry and condemnations if Marcia Gay Harden's character had been named Fatima and been a radical Islamist nut-job proclaiming doom instead of a Christian? Woooo! I would have loved to have seen that shit-storm.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    That would've taken GUTS to do. It's far easily portraying Christians as murderous psychopaths, because most people know that Christians WON'T actually act that way in real life and try to get revenge.<p>Besides, King's personal hang-ups regarding Christians has the character as a nut-job in the original story, so changing the character's religion for the film would've been suspect, to say the least.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    The Ending I imagined it...

    by Anti-fanboy

    From what I'd read, I figured it was downbeat, but I thought the characters would find out that the mist did cover the world, and end with a pullback from the planet to show it extending into space, filling practically the universe, as tentacles wrapped around the Earth. But, yeah, very E.C. comics ending. And, yeah, Jane would have been insanely awesome as Wolverine.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by Boober

    Concise, informative, insightful, and entertaining. Capone's Journalism grade: A (An A+ would have been had were it not for the minor grammar mistakes).

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Spoiler - My Interpretation of the Ending

    by Ryan30

    I saw the ending in a different light, and I don't think anyone else has mentioned this theory. I believe that Thomas Jane was actually killed by the approaching creature. You can hear it when he turns his back. All of the army coming in to save the day scenes and his torment over the fact that he should have waited to kill the other four people is because he is now in Hell. This ties in with the crazy lady's sermons and it makes sense for him to be in Hell since he just killed 4 people. My main reason for thinking this and the key clue is the shot of the woman who fled the store and her two kids on the army truck. There is no way that she made it home and her kids who were left alone were still alive. So she is in fact dead too. Anyone else think this at all?

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by Boober

    I can't shake the ending I couldn't shake the stench if a skunk blasted me from 3 feet. If you are going to "twist" the ending, then more Hitchcock/Twilight Zone please and less M Night Shamalama...unless the mist is toxic and just turned them into idiots. In which case I would see it more as a semi-believable cop-out and less as a totally sh*tty cop-out. OOOH SHOCK VALUE THAT MAKES NO SENSE AND BETRAYS THE ENTIRE REST OF TE MOVIE IN THE LAST 60 SECONDS. Innovative!!!!..........NOT.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST

    OK Ryan30...

    by Boober

    I'll withhold judgement and re-evaluate after testing said theory.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Just watched it!!!

    by RomeroZombie

    Its gonna take me a little bit to digest what i just saw..initial impressions are that i really liked it.One quick opinion that ive come up with after reading some of the talkbacks:The actual surprise and disappointment that some people seem to have about not using a muslim instead of a christian for the fundamental character.If you know anything about christianity(they did allude to it in the movie for the slow people)...the old testament bible is just as brutal if not more so then the koran.In fact the new testament bible,the koran,and the torah all originated with the old testament.The christians unlike the muslims seem to be a bit more savy about marketing their softening up the rough edges in the old testament and releasing the kinder and gentler new testament(works better at indoctrinitang the kids and people with weak stomachs).I know a lot of people think that christians would never do the stuff that muslims are doing...its just only because christians have been quiet for about 100 years or so..they are due for an outbreak of violence...except for the occasional abortion clinic bombing and the Bush holy war they have been quiet.Im not defending any religions(im an atheist)Im just afraid that some religious nutcase is gonna wipe all moderate viewpoint people out.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    You're taking what I said out of context... <br><br> "I don't care how close to the book this film is. (But if it is, King's a hack.) These characters are by the fucking numbers." <br><br> Darabont's script doesn't allow for the characters to come across as anything other than tired stereotypes. I haven't read King's story, but if it's as close to the source material (other than the ending) as people are saying, then yes, in this particular instance...

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Hey Morbid Obesity

    by RomeroZombie

    No need to hide in a bunker..Fundamental nutcases hide out in caves and bunkers...I did what any right minded patriot did(being sarcastic)I went out and spent some money at the movies so the terrorists wouldnt win(sarcasm too)

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by TheBladehelm

    I didn't take it out of context so much as READ it out of context. I apologize if my comment seemed overly abrasive and aimed at you. However, there are still people who would say that King is a hack, and the point is still valid, even if you're not one of them,.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST


    by lordgrimplemort

    First off, Wereplatypus, I live in West Texas, and there was a lot of noise in the theater where I saw it too. Damned rude people. It was really annoying, but I couldn't hear what they were saying. The one thing I didn't mind was the noises when she got killed. It was the longest and loudest applause I've heard in a movie since Yoda whipped out his lightsaber a few years back. As for the ending, I can see why a lot of people don't like it, but I thought Thomas Jane's decision made plenty of sense. He couldn't stand the thought of his son dying a slow (or quick), painful and terrifying death when there was no hope of survival. I do think he might have waited until the monsters were right outside the car, though. What really bothered me about it wasn't that he shot them, but that the mist immediately cleared, the monsters went away, and the army came just a minute later. What the hell was that? It felt like some anti-suicide PSA or Wilson Phillips song--Hold on for One More Day. Or is Darabont secretly agreeing with Ms. Carmody? After Drayton kills his son like she wanted to do, things go back to normal. That's what pissed me off. And how the hell did that lady survive and get to her kids? It would have been more real if he'd just gotten eaten like he expected to. (As real as a monster movie can be, anyway.)

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Beats the fuck out of the lame-ass Descent.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Now THIS was a horror movie. The Descent was crap, and critics gushed over it. If they don't give The Mist high ratings, I'll be mightily pissed. <p> SPOILERS--- There were a couple moments in this movie that it looked like what happened to the civilians in the background of the game "Half-Life" -- Some of the monsters looked pretty close to the creatures in the game, and the circumstances (opened a door to another dimension) are also similar. I could picture the soliders talking about Freeman's fuck-up before they hung themselves.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST

    the teacher character


    was played by the same lady that played the cop in silent hill.... <P> so what a strange coincedence that she'd be in two movies where a city is shrouded in mist and full of monsters, one inspired by works of stephen king (and others) and one directly adapted from king. <P> and i still think there was significance to Drayton grabbing HELLBOY off the rack in the pharmacy ;)

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    The ending

    by Series7

    Yeah like I said earlier, the ending was whatever, you knew everyone was gonna die. I am still trying to figure out the ending to Saw 4, I must have missed something when I dozed off? The characters in those movies are so forgetable I keep forgetting that like they were all in the one before it. Saw 4 = worst death scene (just lame) but best script so far (but since this is a movie about nasty deaths I wanted a dumb script so it was boring). Plus ZeroCorpse and whoever said that 30 days of night were crap. I say that they are the best horror films to see in a long time, but then again I saw Decent 3 times, once by myself, and once with a group of people that thought it was awesome, and then once again with a bunch of girls that thought it was really stupid. You just gotta let your thoughts go and not think during those movies for them to be good. Not every movie is made to make you think, and I think every horror movie is made so you don't have to think.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Perfect ending...

    by The Dum Guy

    The "hero" survives and the "villian"s way of going about things was wrong. It wasn't the end of the world, just some side-war screw up.<br><br>Message of the movie is trust the U.S. military.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Saw it last night and...HOLY FUCK!

    by SID 8.0

    Talk about audience paticipation and this was the late show. Only about 20 people in the theater. Although there was one woman by herself that was talking loudly to herself about the movie that was just as scary as what was on the screen. Anyway 300 is still my fav of the year but this is a very close second. The animals and I'm calling them animals not monsters because what they were doing is no different than what happens on the African plains everyday. The food chain at work. Scary as Hell, don't get caught it's just that simple. I'd take a bullet instead anyday. The characters scary as Hell too. How quickly they turn on each other is amazing but still rings true. The ending rips your guts out. You care about the them and then they realize there is no other way. I'm glad I didn't read this TB before I went to go see it I'd been pissed that the ending was given away. That bitch Rosie O'Donnell did that with Fight Club before I seen it. Anyone who hasn't seen it, go see it.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Shermdawg's post :::big Big sigh::: ....

    by T 1000 xp professional

    :::Spoilerish::: I see some people are really missing the point of this movie. I believe,and I really do believe this that this movie just used the mist and the bugs as the driving force of the story for the real meat and potatoes was the actual realistic coping of the people. I had few gripes with this movie and I do mean very few. This was a fantastic movie exploring different theories of human approach to a given situation, ranging from Hobbes and Darwinism to a more Religious mindset...... The characters were not so much stereotypes as in other movies, but the sad thing is there are people like that.... Redneck hick- Swtiches sides and acts out of ignorance and insecurity. Actions=justified Intelligent Lawyer black guy- played magnificently by Andre Braugher(wish there was more of him just cause he was great). Yes, this man was angry. Yes, he was intelligent. Yes, he was black. No, he was not killed onscreen. So we have an angry intelligent black guy who was not killed onscreen, nothing wrong with that in fact, that sounds pretty darn good. Way to go Mr. Darabont. I wasn't bothered by the Gay Harden zealot character, because even though i feel people will misinterpret Christianity she was a pretty good look at a fanatic with perveted beliefs....What she believed in was not Christianity it was a twist on the faith with a heavier leaning to the very strict Old Testament, as the other character's even acknowledged............Everybody already said everything there needs to be said about the movie..I loved it, and there's reason and a drive for me to watch this again. I give this baby an A. Good eye men about the Half Life comparison. I'd wish they'd make that an movie, but not so much anymore after somebody said this is where they drew their inspiration from. Just because the huge elephant thing was straight out of the game which i guess was straight out of the book ( haven't read it). P.S. was it just me or was he drawing a big poster of main character of the Dark Tower series...Doesn't Jane draw movie posters...Can this be a clue? ;)

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    actions= justified. *

    by T 1000 xp professional

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    wow horrible grammar...just read my post

    by T 1000 xp professional


  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Saw the movie last night, VERY good.

    by Mike_D

    very psychological.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    Complaining about spoilers in a talkback...

    by Shermdawg about as silly as complaining the sky is blue. <br><br> There should be some waiting period on discussing the ending of a film? Fuck that. Just avoid the talkback and stick to the actual reviews. And if you didn't realize a film would be discussed and debated in detail, then thats your fault. Welcome to AICN.<br><br> This is about as bad as people crapping on Herc for listing the Survivor finalists in the finale post's heading. Newflash: The world will not wait for you to catch up, and it's your job to avoid spoilerish material until you do so.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    did anyone catch the STAND reference?


    when carmandy thinks she may be stung by a bug- and she says 'my life for yoooouuuuu'...just like trash can man? i don't remember if she said that in the book or not, but i love how king nods to his own works all the time...

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    "The Mist" was actually a stale buritto fart

    by Stuntcock Mike

    C'mon already with the goofy ending. Still glad Jane's not doing punisher 2 though.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Liked the ending (spoiler)

    by Guy Gaduois

    If you can balance that misguided religious radicalism and misguided humanism both have the same result - that needless death = Stupid waste. Keep clawing, keep surviving . . . that's a message the world needs right now. It's not hokey optimism to keep on keeping on - the cavalry might not be coming round the bend - but then again, you should always be your own damn cavalry. I personally think it would have been funny to have them crash into a FEMA trailer and die a horrible, fiery death, but that might be a little stronger anti-government message than even I want to send. Don't be a quitter, and don't decide to quit for someone else. "Fight makes right" makes a much better ending.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    this movie kicked ass, it had everyone in my theatre on edge

    by theredtoad

    It was funny looking around and seeing everyone sitting forward. The way the film so quickly gets running is great, and I didn't care that there wasn't a "plot-device introduction" of the mist. It just rolls right in all of a sudden and then the movie hits the ground running. The camera work felt different, unique, and more intense during the conversations among the survivors in the store. Seeing the Sherminator get messed up was funny, btw. It's great how all the people in the store began boiling down into enemies of eachother, but the fact that Ms. Carmody so easily swayed the minds of all these people just didn't sit well with me. I just thought the characters went overboard when they went for the army guy and the son. It was good that they had the big creature in the parking lot mainly shrouded by the mist, as the CG was good on the creatures but in some spots it was lame, and I preferred the big guy's appearance up to my imagination. The ending was terrible, but in a good way. I think the film should've ended after the zoom-out from the truck after they'd decided what to do, and have the film leave it up to us to conclude it. Whatever.. still it worked out well and among being one of the best creature movies I've seen in a while, it was also a crazy psychological horror.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    This is a good fuckin movie

    by Freakemovie

    I walked in with no expectations at all...not a big horror fan, and the story looked very uninteresting...and I walked out with it being one of the most fun moviegoing experiences for me this year. He's definitely right that you won't be able to shake the ending. As for the characters being by-the-numbers...some are stereotypes. Who the hell cares. If that bothers you, go see Margot at the Wedding. This was damn entertaining.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Ending Theory

    by Ryan30

    Is somebody going to agree or disagree with my theory above on the ending?

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    <p>I'm disagreeing. It's an interesting theory, but I do not believe that it was Darabont's intention in any way. As somone already noted, it was a very "E.C Comics" ending.</p> <p>I loved it. Along with the rest of the movie as well. Highly entertaining.</p>

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by odo19

    Holy shit, that is exactly what I thought when I saw the ending as well. Anyone else notice Jane making a poster for the Darktower in the beginning of the film. Could this be a clue of some sort? Also the monsters turn grey and disintegrate when they die just like the monsters from From a Buick 8.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Ryan30

    I can begrudgingly accept the army clearing up the mist, but there is no way that woman and her kids somehow managed to survive when nobody else can last longer than a minute outside. So, the clues I have are the monster noise sneaking up on Thomas Jane, the fact that the people he saw should be dead, all the hell allegory made by the crazy lady, and the last line by that woman before she leaves the store, "I hope you all burn in hell," which I believe Jane is in fact doing at the end.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST

    No way Ryan30

    by crazyhorse2099

    That's ridiculous. So you're saying that because Jane (in total agreement with the other 3 adults in the car, mind you) chose to put the people out of their misery instead of making them face what they thought was a certain horrifying death, he's burning in hell? No way. If you're going with that idea, that also means that the "crazy lady", who undeniably caused the stabbing and ultimate death of an innocent boy, was right all along. Which she clearly was not. No, I'm just not buying it. At all. As for the woman who made it back to her children, why is that so hard to believe? Jane and 4 other people made it his car. Why couldn't she have made it to hers? As Sloane said above, it's a fun little theory, but it just doesn't hold up. Jane shot his son and three other people only to find out that if he'd have waited a few more minutes, he would not have had to. It's that simple. You're reading way too much into a cut and dry scenario.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Question for you Ryan30

    by Professor Falcon

    just playing a little devil's advocate here... but what do you think happened to the guy that stabbed the army kid in the stomach? If Thomas Jane is burning in hell, what happened to the supermarket butcher who stabbed the kid 3 times in the stomach and threw him out into the Mist? Is he burning in hell for his actions, too?

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 6:32 p.m. CST

    best ending in a long time

    by GavinVanDraven

    to those who say "he should have waited longer". well, yes. but did he know that? how could these people have known there were ANY other surviving humans ANYWHERE? they drove as far as a full tank of gas would take them and saw no indication of normal lifeforms. rather than wait in the car to meet a gruesome end... rather than waiting to see his son eaten by these "things", jane's character makes an awful choice. the emotional impact when the mist clears and the calvary shows up is incredible. i was stunned. that guy just made the most painful choice i could imagine... and he became a monster himself in a way. i havent felt that numb at the end of a movie since A History of Violence. the movie was up until that point, utterly gripping. best monter flick this year...

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Great Movie...Trainwreck ending

    by kem070396

    I am not going to repeat what has been said about the ending of the movie or its negative points. I ma only going to sat that I hope that Darbont reads all these citiques. Being older than 40 and patiently waiting for this movie to come out...I feel quite cheated. As soon as he went off book...SMASH!!!! There is no way that King would have eneded it quite that way, which by the way, was totally given away by the trailer. Now THAT pissed me off, not just that it was a horrible ending (allright I lied) because there was no other exposition, nothig abot what they saw, and hey, how about a gas station or a house to hold up in or try a radio or SOMETHING?!? Man I am steamed...all these years and MEH! Oh, and why has there been no mention of the gaffe made by Bill Sadler? Was I the only one who caught that? Right before the Shermanator became a snack? Anybody? We are talking War of the Roses kind of WOOOPS which I bet they'll dub over on the DVD...Hey Frank, if you are reading time, stick witht he tried and true work, and stick to your (usually good bu this time it sucked herky jerky) usual camera work...damn I am PISSED!!!!

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by Professor Falcon

    What gaffe by Sadler?

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    yeah what?


    i love mistakes, they make a good movie better when we find 'em.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Thomas in Hell Theory

    by Ryan30

    Since he killed 4 people, three with permission which doesn't let him off the hook, and his surprised son who just woke up and saw a gun before it went off, why is it so out there to think he went to hell for it? I'm as non-religious as you can find, but I think my theory stands up. The other possibility that the army did indeed clear up the mist after he got out of the car could also be the intended ending. Unfortunately, that ending has too many lame plot coincidences which ruins it's credibility. The woman and both her children being alive is way too stupid for a director who was about to master his third straight Stephen King adaptation. My hell theory plugs those plot holes and may be an even more depressing ending, because now the main character is in eternal torment. Somebody call Darabont and ask him what happened. There was a creature that came up on Thomas Jane though at the end. Then the sound suddenly stopped, he turned around, and a new sound started before the tank came out. From this point on, I think he is dead. As for the person who asked if the supermarket guy went to hell, the answer under the logic of my theory is of course, but he has to die first.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST

    He's not in hell

    by crazyhorse2099

    He's not even dead. The best reason I have to back this up? Of all the reviews I've read of this film, as well as the countless talkback comments, Ryan30 is the only person who's conceived this as a possibility of an ending. And I ask again, why is it so hard to believe that the mother made it back to her children? As I stated before, Thmoas Jane and 4 other people made it his car alive. Why couldn't she have made it to hers???

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    The Ending!!!

    by RomeroZombie

    This reminds me of a talkback about the Sopranos finale..did he get whacked or didnt he!!!The ending was very Rod Sterlingish(Planet of the Apes ending)Anyone who thinks Stephen King wouldve never have picked this ending or wasnt faithful to the this link.It'll put your weary minds at ease. the great interview with king himself.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by Ryan30

    The group made it because they had two people who got wasted and a third who had to run back to the store that distracted the creatures. They also knew what they were looking for and were hauling ass. You want to believe that one woman who at the time didn't even know there was anything out there and was walking super slow could make it? So what, all the monsters were on coffee break? Plus her two young children sit alone at home and don't get attacked either? Then the three of them go find themselves a tank and still manage to not get killed? That's pushing reality as bad as Vin Diesel doing his idiotic one handed motorcyle pushup in XXX. Also, where did that monster go that was coming straight for Thomas Jane at the end by the sound of it? It is also stupid that the army could clear up the mist, considering that the portal would be the entrance point for all these things and there would be no way to shut it off without being overwhelmed. I would have let it go though and not even thought of the hell theory if they had not focused on the woman and her kids. Put together the fact that she should be dead and her last comment centered on burning in hell, I come up with my theory. I could obviously be wrong, but there are less plot holes around my thinking than the perceived ending.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    More rambling from me!!!

    by RomeroZombie

    My opinion on what happened with the creature that was sneaking up on Thomas Jane at the end...he ran off when he heard the military coming,just like any other animal would at the sound of heavy machinary.(especially if he has better hearing then humans... like most animals do)The fact that a layer of glass,(both in the supermarket and the landcruiser) could keep the creatures from getting the people,I think that tanks with depleted uranium armor could withstand something that was killed with a broomstick,torch,aerosal can,and gun.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    by crazyhorse2099

    The woman's kids survived because their bay window in their house wasn't broken like Jane's was. They were perfectly safe in their house. The creatures in The Mist only go where The Mist goes.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Defending my stance on The Descent...

    by ZeroCorpse

    Let's see... <p> The monsters are BAT BOY from the Weekly World News. Not scary. Funny, actually. <p> The characters all sucked. I didn't like ANY of them and didn't care if they lived or died. <p> The setting was the scariest part of the movie, and it was still just a cave. That's all. A cave. Rock, water, and more rock. Yawn. <p> The "lost in _____" and the "I didn't bring the map" angles made it obvious the writers had watched "The Blair Witch Project" before they penned "The Descent." Nothing original there, that's for sure. <p> A bunch of shrill-voiced chicks screaming for 90 minutes? Yeah, no thanks. <p> Again-- Seriously-- BAT BOY?!?! <p> Bad acting all around. Cringe-worthy line delivery, and soap-opera plotlines tagged on to the story to make it more "personal" ("And all this time she had been fucking your dead husband!!!" Cue the organ and the close-up on her face. Seriously, who CARES if the hot Asian chick was fucking your now-dead husband. He's still just as dead. As least he got some hot Asian rock-climbing pussy before being killed by a copper pipe through the head!) <p> Finally, the movie was just chock full of cheap-ass jump scares. Sorry, but if you have to resort to shit popping out at the viewer every few minutes, you're not a horror director-- You should be planning the local Spooky Funhouse or something. It's the horror equivalent of your little brother popping up and yelling "BOO!" about three dozen times. <p> The Mist built thing up nicely. I cared about the characters. I HATED the fundie bitch. I was actually feeling dread for the protagonists. I was freaked out by some of the monster designs. The only jump-scares were done to put you off-guard for the later psychological scares. The sense of helplessness was palpable. <p> In "The Descent", the monsters could have been ANYTHING. It wouldn't have mattered, because it was slasher/monster flick plot #3. Monster Jam. Cram as many baddies into an enclosed setting as possible and let the main characters die one by one. How dull. They could have been giant spiders, mutant bunnies, vampires, werewolves, or a whole clan of underground Frankenstein's monsters wearing Nike T-shirts and hula skirts, and it would have been the same damn movie (with monsters that were just as hokey and laugh-inducing). "The Descent" sucked balls. If you want to see that formula done right, just fucking rent Ridley Scott's "Alien" and save yourself the shitty acting and Bat Boy family.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by Ryan30

    Well, this hell theory hit me about 5 minutes after I walked out of the theatre and I was complaining to my friend about the woman still being alive, than whammo. I realize I'm the only person who thought of this, which by the way Crazyhorse is not a legitimate defense for your argument that I'm wrong. This is why I posted here to get opinions and see if there is any evidence to dispute it, because I can't see any. I might have to find the address where Darabont can receive letters, otherwise, and ask him what the deal is. I actually prefer the hell theory not because I thought of it, but because it closes all those annoying plot holes and is actually even more of a mean and depressing ending. So Romero, you make a good case against the bug running away, but how did they close the portal, because that base that opened it would be impenetrable? Did that woman just slowly walk to her car without anything bothering her at all? Plus, she would have completely freaked once she saw one of those things, considering she had no idea what was there.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    "The creatures only go where the mist goes"

    by Osmosis Jones

    Actually, the novella makes it pretty clear that the creatures go where they can SMELL food, which is why the supermarket was mostly left alone except for the "bug" setpiece. The bugs were attracted to the lights, and the pterodactyls only followed their food source. However, the pharmacy left their doors chocked open, so when the mist came, the critters smelled tasty people and came running (although why the people in the market wouldn't hear the people barely 20 feet away screaming is odd). That's also why Jane manages to concince his group to make a break for his jeep...because once they were all in, their smell wouldn't attract any more critters.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Hey Ryan

    by RomeroZombie

    The fact of the matter is this...what makes the movie great is that it has so many layers that we can come up with all these different theories and scenarios.To be able to do this feels great for once.Its been a pretty empty time at the theater lately.The lady making it to her car is the same thing as everybody making it to the pharmacy and back...lucky chance.Send a dozen people into the mist the odds that a few people make it to some form of safety,at least for awhile.Look at a tornado hitting a trailer park as evidence of that...10 tornado bait domeciles wiped out,1 nascar and larry the cable guy fan still standing,and then 10 more wrestlemania fans wiped out.The idea of the portal being uncloseable..we never saw it opening.There might not even be a portal...a couple of low level miliatary guys wouldnt have that kind of clearance for accurate info.Anyplace you work their is always speculation what is going on behind closed doors.Rumors and gossip spreads.This movie is just like Night of the Living Dead (1968)..plenty of ideas and speculation from various sources.

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    SPOILER -- The Ending -- Major SPOILER about what could have bee

    by ProzacMorris

    I have read the story and just saw the flick, and I can't help but wonder if the ending could have been a little bit better --- STAND BY FOR SPOILER ---- WAIT FOR IT --- what if the people in the army trucks were the people from the SUPERMARKET (Bud, Jim, the dude that stabbed the soldier, etc?) That would have been even more powerful than the woman that left to be with her kids. I mean, how the hell did she get home?! If everyone in the market got picked up then all they had to do was WAIT! Your thoughts?

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Sadler's Gaffe?

    by kem070396

    Prof Falcon, just before the tentacle thing eats Shermanator, in the exchange between Sadler and Jayne, Sadler has line where he says "Mr. Jayne blah blah". (Same thing happened in War of the Roses in an exchange between Devito and Douglas). I wanted to think I imagined it, but a few poeple around me heard it too...

  • Nov. 23, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Horrible Ending

    by criticalbliss

    The ending betrayed the characters and was purely for shock value. These characters fought and then suddenly give up. I could see people in the grocery store (who stayed) doing this, but not the ones who have fought the entire way. The ending did not make sense in terms of character. A more ambiguous ending was in order. Flawed film, sadly. It could have been great. Also, they needed to shorten/edit down Carmady's rantings. It became overly didactic after a while. Yes, Frank, we know you have no faith in humanity--thanks.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    It was good

    by Gozu

    The CGI and creature designs were a bit uneven and the Dead Can Dance music was a bit much at the end (don't get me wrong, I love me some Dead Can Dance, but "Host of Seraphim" gets played a lot). Other than that, it works both as a character drama and monster movie with very obvious Lovecraftian roots.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    leaving early


    as for the woman leaving early to get her kids, or even andre braugher's character and those guys- (who we don't know if they made it or not...) perhaps the truest meaning is 'he who hesitates is lost'...sure Dave drayton was fairly independant and quick thinking, but maybe people who actually GOT OUT EARLY did make it because the creatures had not spread out from their source as much. I think the most unbelievable thing in the book or movie is that MORE people didn't leave early. they all took the word of a guy with a nosebleed to keep them from even trying. Both the woman and andre were strong willed and independant enough to do things on thier own. every one else- even our protaganists, hesitated, waited for help,split into factions or otherwise took orders from others or made decisions that cost others their lives. Drayton is guilty of all of that. So the real irony is that the 'weak' woman DID survive because the acted when everyone else hesitated. For all we know she may have walked right up to a military unit just down the street

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    I don't think the woman got into her car

    by Osmosis Jones

    Did you hear a car start up after she left? It was a small town, she probably walked to the market. What I missed from the movie were the people running out into the mist right before they hear the bloodcurdling scream (which is described a lot more creepy in the novella) that makes them think twice. That shot's even in the trailer. Wonder why Darabont cut it out. I don't find it that difficult to believe that some people managed to walk indoors just as the mist was rolling in without getting attacked.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    shoulda kept that in


    it sure would've helped the plausiblity of the people staying in based on just one dude's word and some fog.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Pedantic and overrated. (Spoilers)

    by Mostholy

    I agree absolutely with Capone when he says, "if we as an audience care about the characters, the threat upon or taking of their lives is made all the more terrifying." Which is why I didn't much care for THE MIST. I found all the characters flat and 2-dimensional, and none worse than Mrs. Carmody and the Angry Townspeople who flock to her standard. I mean, I'm a NYC-living, left-minded, left-voting secular agnostic, and I found Darabont's smug, simple-minded bashing of "evil" religion and "hick" red-staters WAY too over the top. I get that Mrs. Carmody was the villain of the King story (which I read years ago and barely remember), and that the fact she turns out to be an Old Testament nutjob doesn't necessarily reflect on religion as a whole. But there's nothing to offset her ranting here, just a bunch of ignorant sheep and our more progressive-minded heroes who see through her fear-mongering. I usually get irritated when people scream "lefty bias" about works of film or art, but I'm forced to admit they might have a case with this one. It seemed like Darabont hadn't been anywhere near the types of people he's portraying here (Drew Struzan notwithstanding) in years. I get that Darabont wanted to run with the post-9/11 allegory ("Fear Changes Everything"), but his take on it is so simple-minded and facile that it just turned me off. And once I stopped caring about the character types here, there wasn't much left. (Full review:

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    7.3 Million so far - 9th place

    by Mister Man

    What was the budget? It'll make production costs back in DVD rentals, I'm sure...but what was the reasoning for releasing on Thanksgiving?

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by Mostholy

    That line wasn't adding nuance. It was a throwaway Seagalism. As for the cheering moment, I think I can guess when it was, and that reaction is actually kinda sad to me. But, look, if you hated the ending to No Country, we're probably just coming from two different movie places. Glad you liked it.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it was a great time to release this movie--not

    by Mr Incredible

    Nothing says Thanksgiving like killer monsters from another dimension.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 7:58 p.m. CST

    didn't like it

    by reckni

    the ending was whatever, some of the scenes were a bit freaky, but it just isn't a very good movie. Too bad.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Tough to Buy Ending (Spoiler)

    by dpc01

    Since another poster has already spelled it out, I'll just address the facts of the ending directly. While I didn't mind that it was a sad ending, I found the idea of everyone committing suicide just because they ran out of gas hard to swallow. I can understand a father who would rather shoot his own son than see him eaten by giant spiders, but only as the very, very last resort. The spiders are on the car, they're getting through the windshield, the acid webs are coming in, then...BAM! Perhaps the idea was that these people finally cracked, just as the religious crazies had done. But this wasn't conveyed well. Just hearing distance creature noises shouldn't have been enough to end it all. Outside of that, though, it was a very faithful adaptation. And in fact, the ending to the movie, although differing from the story, was pretty Stephen King-ish. But I think he would have sold it more convincingly.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 8:59 p.m. CST

    One of the best

    by mojoman69

    I think this is one of the best adaptations of a King story. Plus it's just a good old monster movie. Reminds me of The Blob and also elements of NOTLD. mojoman69

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    I am not sure if anyone metioned this yet.... BUT!!! (ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM SORT OF DEAL) WHERE was Kings cameo in this movie? Does he have a deal not to show up in Dareyoubout? movies?

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Also this

    by Series7

    IS NOT A RENTER!!!!! I REPEAT! NOT A RENTER!!! Doctor Zoidberg is wrong. If you are tettering on the verge of waiting for rental, NO this movie will suck if you see if at home (unless you have enough money to have a mini theater in your house). This movie needs to be seen with a group of unknown people, it really does add to it. Even if you live in Charleston and some asshole DEMANDS!!!! To bring his talking 5 year old OR craying 2 year old to the midnight showing of an R movie on opening day. This has happened to me at least 4 times now. I guess its a Charleston tradition? But I am pretty sure when I buy me a kid I will be grown up enough to wait to get a baby sitter or duct tape as to not annoy the people that go see the midnight showing of R movies in hopes of not dealing with little children. ALSO if you are an asshole who brings there kids to R movies, thats fine, my first R movie was Demolition Man I think. But bring them when they are at an age to shut the fuck up and watch the movie. Though seeing the mist with infants in the audience at midnight only kind of added to the movie, WHO knows maybe this is a studio thing to get good word of mouth on the movie. "OH YEAH SALLY I just saw the mist and there was a crying baby and I am a retard and I totally would have sacrificed it if i were in the same situation."

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 9:49 p.m. CST

    overhyped. it MIST the mark. (missed)

    by future help

    hardee-fuckin-har. (and having the poster/painting of the Thing in this movie...helped remind me what a great horror movie is supposed to be.)

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 9:52 p.m. CST

    the fangoria interview with stephen king


    ...king says he wanted to be in the movie but wasn't able to at that time for some reason. probably on a tour or something. they said they wanted him to be the biker, but by the quote they use in the interview (i got a shotgun in my truck- i'll go try for it) i think they really meant the old guy in flannel who had the gun in his truck. You had to have the Biker be a big tough guy...made his death more powerful. plus, i wouldn't buy King carrying that big knife around....or being a burly biker....

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    The Mist is the best horror film of the year

    by odo19

    Don't listen to the haters, this film is fucking amazing. After you see it tell everyone of your friends to see it as well.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I loved it

    by hatespeech

    it was awesome. The lady in front of my brought her three kids, aged 7,9 and 12 to see it. After the film, I asked her if she was taking them to the tittie bar afterwards.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Enchanted > Mist

    by GibsonUSA

    Someone sarcastically said here that if we dont like this movie we should just head to that Disney movie. Funny thing is, that Disney movie is much more enjoyable and simply better made than this.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by Dr Hemlock

    You're forgetting: liberals don't hate radical Islamist nutjobs nearly as much as they hate Christians.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Well, were out of gas.

    by gorydon

    I'm going to put a bullet in my 8 year old child's head along with three other people....Man, they didn't even try to wait it out a little longer or anything. Just gave right in. Not very realistic if you ask me. I think one of the older folks would have volunteered to go and and look for gas/people or something and maybe save some of the younger folks. But that's just me.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 2:22 a.m. CST

    CGI=Sci-fi channel vibes

    by gorydon

    You know it. Tentacles looked like crap along with everything else. And did anyone else think the medium big crab/lobster monsters were ripped from Episode 2's Colosseum monster fight.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 2:57 a.m. CST

    I demand you see this movie right now in a theater ...

    by Laszlo Vilsay

    ... I love these type of recommendations. It sounds like something Mrs. Carmody herself would write. Look, the talkbacks seem to be about 25% positive, 75% negative at this point and there is a reason for that. <p>Darabont either wasn't given enough time or money to make a good movie, or he was never going to make a good movie. Where "The Mist" should have built an atmosphere of Gothic dread, it's ridiculously over the top in its melodrama. <p>The effects were not very good, and the ending is definitely rushed. Shoot your son as a last fuckin resort, man, not just because you run out of gas. Any of the alternatives suggested in the talkbacks would have been better than what Darabont cut together. <p>Lesson learned here is that a weak script and poor production values equals a renter.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 5:20 a.m. CST


    by BrightEyes

    the audience was going crazy and when the church lady got shot once, everyone and i literally mean everyone I saw in the theater were cheering and clapping than someone screamed "shoot her in the head" than sh got shot in the head and the audience went even crazier! ah great film.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    What Yackbacker said,

    by Mostholy

    People cheering when Mrs. Carmody gets plugged is so gleefully fascist and wrongheaded that it actually seems part of Darabont's design. The audience turns on her shrill, one-note character, and all of a sudden ITS clamoring for human sacrifice, just like she was. Also odo19, the best horror film of the year was 28 Weeks Later.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    This movie

    by Series7

    Bombed. Hitman made more money. I guess I should have realized that it would bomb when there was less people in the theater opening day then there was in the sold out No Country for Old man viewing I saw the next day. I am just surprised Hitman did so well.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    It's good to be open-minded...

    by Anti-fanboy

    Till you start to think killing a fear-mongering zealot with authoritarian personality disorder hellbent on sacrificing a kid -- for starters -- is a bad thing. Especially if she's a movie character.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    box office

    by darthcreep

    F'ing Hitman made more money than The Mist this weekend. Odd

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I'm glad I caught Beowulf this weekend

    by Mr Incredible

    It was well worth the sacrifice of money to see 3D asskicking. Now if they would only put THE INCREDIBLES in 3D....

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Re:Box Office

    by pvs

    I guess Stephen King movies aren't that big of a draw these days, plus I guess the restricted rating didn't help either. I thought the movie was great!

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Node et al:

    by Mostholy

    Read my post again. I didn't say the characters shooting Mrs. Carmody in that situation was gleefully fascist and wrongheaded. I said that about the audience cheering, clapping, fist-pumping, screaming "shoot her in the head," etc. when it happens. I also think Darabont set the scene up to provoke that reaction, and, given that the movie had just presented a moment where a character nobody agreed with (in the store) was horribly sacrificed, I think it was Darabont's clever way of making us complicit in exactly the type of madness we were just tsk-tsking. Still didn't like the movie, tho.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Mist got its ass handed to it on a plate this weekend.

    by Uncapie

    Bad timing. It should have been released either at Halloweeen or in January where there's no competition. Plus, the dark ending doesn't help either. While some people like that sort or ending and think its the shit, the main stream audience wants something with hope, especially in these tough times.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    The ending worked for the movie.

    by JustyHakubi

    There are quite a few posters here who sound like typical fanboys. "Oh man, why didn't they just get out go Rambo on those bugs! I mean I would have just ran down the road and looked for a rocket-launcher or something.' Please people, the characters weren't special ops trapped behind enemy lines. They were an illustrator, a woman, an old man, an old woman and a terrified child. So quit giving all your I'm so upset they didn't act logically bullshit. The movie was not blowing sunshine up your ass. Those people were at wits end. And don't forget they just saw an freaking AT-AT sized monster stride over their truck. All they had was a gun with 4 fucking bullets. Every creature they saw attacked humans on sight. So shut the fuck up about how disappointed you were. They freaking saw Cthulhu and lost all their sanity points - game over. And yes the ending was blood soaked irony, but that is why it worked!

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA

    They were at wits end? No, the people in the store were at wits end. Relative to them, these were the "sane" ones that kept it together...they kept looking for solutions throughout the movie...that actually marched OUTSIDE the store to the pharmacy (even though they didnt need to) to help a stranger. These were the resourceful ones, regardless of age. The end to the movie makes no sense in this dont have to be special ops to brainstorm, to THINK of solutions...rather than simply looking at each other after running out of gas and firing. So what if they saw the elephant...did they not survive a direct spider attack at the pharmacy and kept their wits?<BR><BR> Thoughout the whole movie Thomas Jane, the woman, and the old man were THINKING. Thinking in the back room. Thinking in the aisles. Even after the monster attack in the store. Even after the mission to the pharmacy. The mood actually got CALMER, not tenser, when they made it to the much so that Thomas Jane could calmly reflect for a while parked in front of his house. Then they run out of gas in relative quiet with no monsters in sight....FIRE AWAY????? This isnt being Rambo, its being inconsistent with how the characters were throughout the movie.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by JustyHakubi

    Yes, they were at wits end. When they all considered and agreed on their solution they are at wits end. They had no other options. They did not want to die a horribly painful death. They made a rational decision. And you are painfully underestimating the effect that the final creature had on them. "The Elephant" was immense. Are you even taking into consideration the size of what they saw. They thought the world was over. They thought that the Mist was everywhere. You are also forgetting that every venture into the Mist ended with death. You need to realize that you are judging the situation from the comfort of your home.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    I agree with GibsonUSA there should have been more panic. The fact that the elephant monster didn't even seem to care about the car, if there had been some sort of 28 weeks later/land of the dead/dawn of the dead remake ending with monsters attacking the car then it would have made more sense. But the fact that Jane got right out of the car meant that there was no immediate danger.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Great Ending

    by pvs

    This was a very rationale ending which was even hinted at in the book. The book had David knowing that he only had enough bullets to kill everyone else in the car,and that he would find "some other way out for myself"

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 8:42 p.m. CST

    arguing this shit is pointless


    'killin yerself is stoopid, man, you got 4 bullits, you go out fightin' son!' <P> maybe you would maybe you wouldn't. this movie is not about YOU it's about people in a situation you waould only see from the comfy butter soaked seat of your safe theater. <P>it's AN ENDING. deal with it.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 9:37 p.m. CST

    The End

    by Wrath4771

    I thought this movie was one of the best movies I've seen in a very long time. I thought it was very true to the story and the things that were changed or added made perfect sense to me and I thought added to the movie. Now the end, I'm not sure was "necessary", but it did fit wiht the whole mood and theme of the movie in my opinion. I may feel differently about the ending tomorrow, but right now I'm all right with it. What a great horror movie.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Re: YackBacker

    by pvs

    (YackBacker Quote)Well, what offends me is that people are running around saying this is a good movie when that is so far from the truth(Unquote).... I can't see why positive reviews of this movie offends you. Probably there are lots of people who hate movies that you rave about, does that offend you as well?

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by pvs

    What about American Graffiti and THX-1138, I pretty sure Lucas directed those.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    YOU'RE ALL DOUCHES!!!!!!!!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    You need to chill out and eat some turducken!!! Like now!<p> TURDUCKEN FOR ALL, ALL FOR TURDUCKEN<p> Hey Yack, have you ever been to Harvest On Hudson? Pretty good restaurant, I went there today for lunch. Great location right on the Hudson, and some smoking hot hostesses. Don't serve TURDUCKEN though, so I suggested they put it on the menu.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Lucas directed ANH, and the prequels

    by BringingSexyBack

    Definitely a 1 for 4 AVG. Man, he fucking sucks.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    and TURDUCKEN is the cure. Turducken is also good for cold and flu symptoms. Keep that in mind this winter.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    INSIDE A TURKEY? AND FRY THE WHOLE FUCKING THING?<P> A piece of heaven, that's what.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    to promote peace and goodwill.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The customers are the Talkbackers and the bugs are the trolls. Anchorite is the can of Spam in aisle 9.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The tryptophan overload will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

  • Nov. 25, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST

    If they had had pills in the car...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...and had all taken fatal overdoses instead of being shot by Jane, would that have been more acceptable? Or, if Jane HAD been gobbled up by a giant spider? Is it just the irony of commiting suicide mere moments before rescue that people are harping on about? In a way, Darabont is being tremendously subversive, here...we get the obligitory "happy" conclusion (the mist burns off, the military mops up the monsters, ect.), but in the midst of all this, there's one man left by the side of the road screaming.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:17 a.m. CST

    I think The post above "If they had pills..."

    by ufoclub1977

    Yes, the movie does end up very subversive. "the obligitory "happy" conclusion (the mist burns off, the military mops up the monsters, ect.), but in the midst of all this, there's one man left by the side of the road screaming" YES

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Grist for the Mist

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    I enjoyed it up until the end like a lot of people. I'm all for a good dark ending but it just didn't sit right. There were a thousand things they could have done to stay alive longer, there should at least have been a scene of them trying to fill up the tank again, keep driving. Didn't seem impossible. The monsters at the end seemed to be forming their own weird ecosystem, not ubiquitously blanketing the landscape, making it impossible to step out the car a minute to siphon in some gas. Trying to figure out if that subversive ending was worth it, leaning towards not. Could have been handled better, with the same outcome. But overall good. Largely faithful to the novella too. Was slightly disappointed in elephant legs at the end. I was all excited going "yes, they kept it" when the ground starts to shake, then I was like Oooh, here it comes and--WHhooaaaa...meh. In the book it is much more horrific and awe-inspiring, as bacci40 said. Good call dude.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Of course...

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Sticking with the "let's just go 'til we can't go no more", and attempt to get more gas be damned, and then just giving in to hopelessness is possible, just shortsighted and ultimately weak. It's just not how a hardcore survivalist would do it, and though they gave it a "good shot", in the end, they were just five ordinary people overwhelmed by circumstances. Fear changes everything. Jane offing everybody was just an extension of that fear, as it turned into despair and the need for a desperate out. I liked that aspect of the film. Most (though certainly not all) people in relatively cushy ol' America never experience true fear or realize what it can do to destroy the rationality of human beings no matter who they are (even Thomas Jane, you see), and the ending's impact was a good, blunt way to get that across. Guess I'm starting to warm to the ending a little more, now that theme and not practical details are coming to the forefront.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by Nigh-Unstoppable

    Saw and enjoyed it this weekend, with a crazed urban audience shouting at the screen. Smart movie, fun movie, great scary sound design, you gotta love it. And hey, Mrs. Carmody isn't Christian. She NEVER mentions Jesus and she keeps demanding blood. Even crazed Christians understand that Jesus died for their sins, any further "sacrifice" would be blasphemy.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Mist sucks

    by Dazzler69

    Long ass movie with few visual gags. Everything takes place in the shopping center. King trying to capture some "Stand" magic which he did not do. Some loud mouth God spitting bitch would not shut the fuck up for most the movie. Ending a downer. Skip this movie.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Check out the big BO on Brian (DePalma)

    by SkinJob69

    A shit movie that deserved to tank. Sorry Capone, MiraJeff. <P> NY Post. November 25, 2007 -- IT'S hard for Hollywood pacifists like Brian De Palma to capture the hearts and minds of America if Americans won't see their movies. While the public is staying away in droves from “Rendition," “Lions for Lambs" and “In the Valley of Elah," audiences are really avoiding “Redacted," De Palma's picture about US soldiers who rape a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, then kill her and her family. The message movie was produced by NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who insisted on deleting grisly images of Iraqi war casualties from the montage at the film's end. Cuban offered to sell the film back to De Palma at cost, but the director was too smart to go for that deal. “Redacted" - which “could be the worst movie I've ever seen," said critic Michael Medved -took in just $25,628 in its opening weekend in 15 theaters, which means roughly 3,000 people saw it in the entire country. “This, despite an A-list director, a huge wave of publicity, high praise in the Times, The New Yorker, left-leaning sites like Salon, etc. A Joe Strummer documentary [of punk-rock band The Clash] playing in fewer theaters made more in its third week," e-mailed one cineaste. “Not even people who presumably agree with the movie's antiwar thesis made the effort to see it."

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Yes, I was with a very classy chick indeed, and she's about to get about 10 levels classier when she marries me next June :)<p> The fact that that guy spent so much money trying to get laid with one of the hostesses means she did precisely what she was hired for. And at the prices they're charging, I hope he was successful!<P> Hope you and your family had a great holiday too. I'm sure you're enjoying the gorgeous Fall colors up there. It was breathtaking!

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    So to prove your point you're quoting the Murdoch shitrag Post (home to the famous 1-sentence paragraph for its reading-challenged audience), which is quoting NeoCon fuckwit Michael Medved on a movie that opened in only 15 fucking theaters? No wonder the right-wing lost the propanganda battle.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    That ending was STILL damn sugary. Why does Darabont love them s

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Yeah, yeah, soo he shoots everyone. Not unlike Michael Corleone. Whoop-dee-doo. But then... the age-old "humanity is saved! army will burn them damn aliens, yeehaw!" movie cliche kicks in. If he simply stayed in the middle of the mist, fading to black with the sounds of the creatures around - somewhat like "The Descent", but less 'on the nose' - it would have been far more satisfying. As it is now, this ending is rather like trying to mix Trappist beer with Dr Pepper.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by SkinJob69

    The numbers are the numbers. Sorry, dude. Do you think this movie is suddenly going to take off down the line if it's opening is so weak? Not fucking likely. People can smell this shit in the lobby.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    BTW HairBack

    by SkinJob69

    I generally like your contributions to the TB's here; looks like we disagree on the merits of Redacted, though. Never should have been made, IMHO.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by SkinJob69

    Actually, they can smell it from the theater parking lot...

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    If you've never tried Turducken<br> Then your life, it's a suckin'<p> Stuff a chicken inside a duck<br> I'm like holy shit what the fuck?<p> Then put the thing in a turkey<br> Wow that makes me wanna jerk it<p> Sweet delicious meats<br> A wondrous culinary feat<p> A tasty sensation in your mouth<br> Not unlike "going south"<p> I am Batman you are not<br> Without Turducken you are squat<p> Oh the pleasures of Turducken<br> Second only to ass fuckin'!<p>

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    but not on Turducken. On that matter I will not waver.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Okey Dokey, Banging HairyCrack

    by SkinJob69

    And, hey- nice poem.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST

    My take on the movie

    by Kloipy

    As I’ve said before in the TB’s, I’ve loved this story since I was a kid. I’ve been waiting for about 14 years to see this on the big screen. And I got my chance last Wednesday night at 7. And I loved every minute of it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen something that I’ve loved reduced to some useless piece of shit; that after sitting through it just disappointed me and made me sad. Especially for those people who didn’t have any idea of the source material and their only memory of it will be a bad one. I think Frank (once again) knocked this out of the park. It’s has so much that everyone in here constantly talks about. It doesn’t rely on the quick jump cut to scare you (there are maybe 1 or 2 parts like that), but the movie successfully builds the paranoia and tension the whole way through. As for those people who can’t let it go and think it’s about Christian bashing, you need to shut up because you have no idea what you are talking about. The story and the movie aren’t about bashing Christians. It’s about ONE woman who is a fanatic and takes opportunity of the situation because she feels like she is doing God’s will and she uses that fact to her own disturbed purpose of marking herself as a disciple in the religious history books. It plays with the fact that in a paniked situation that normal people grab onto anything that resembles a leadership. Look at the panic after 9/11 and how people were so willing to let the patriot act through, or let us go to war with the wrong country. Most people have no idea how to live without being told to, otherwise we wouldn’t need advertising. So it’s not about Christianity, it is about the fact that most people are only a couple of step above freaking out and doing stupid shit when a situation that they can’t control arises. Anyway back to the movie. I think it was just excellent and truly scary, and it’s been on my mind so much since last Wednesday and I have had years to ponder the story so I feel that says something about what Darabont accomplished. As for the ending; I loved Stephen’s ending in the book, however I loved Darabont’s just as much. I think it was perfect for this story. People are talking about waiting around. For what? I don’t think you would want to wait until the creatures were all over the car trying to get in. They had no way of knowing, and as buff as some of you want to sound, I doubt anyone would actually try to go out into the mist and make a run for it. Jane’s acting in the last moments of the film are going to haunt me for awhile. It was some of the best anguish I’ve ever seen in a movie. Just his screaming and putting the gun in his mouth and trying to shoot himself even when he knows it’s empty. Just a fucking knife to the heart. I’m sure a lot of people might disagree with me, but I really think that this will end up going down as one of the greats in horror. People are saying this is an audience movie and in a way it is (never heard the clapping like I did in this one, followed by the complete silence of the last 10 minutes) but I also think once people get to watch this alone it will put them even more in the mindset of the characters and will be more harrowing than ever. Look at Shawshank, it was nothing in the theater, but now it’s one of the most loved movies of all time. Thanks to Stephen King and Frank Darabont for going against the grain and making a truly horrifying vision come to life.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • Nov. 26, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I am Batman

    by ironic_name

    gtf off my internet.<P>stay off till you are at least 20, 12 year olds shouldn't be mixing it with grownups.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    It makes sense to me because most people just like to shit on everything in here. The Mist was never just a story about monsters, there are so many layers to the story and the film that I think people will be discussing it in years to come.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    did no one else see the irony?

    by pikagreg

    irony being that carmody was right, as soon as drayton sacrificed his son, the military showed up to save him. So in a way, he redeemed both the government and the religious nuts with the new ending.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    I loved the movie. It was scary and hit all the marks. The one problem I have with the ending is not the downer of it SPOILER when Thomas Jane killes everyone in the car, including his son. The problem I had is that after this horror, which I was okay with, Darabont hit the reset button. The mist goes away and the army comes around to burn up the insects. He removed the magic from the world. I don't mind Thomas Jane walking out into the Mist to die, but seeing the sunny skies and the soldiers saving the day really makes it a cop-out. The writer who said, "D'OH!" above was right on the money. The world ending in a horrible Lovecraftian way was amazing. In fact, if you leave the theater JUST after Thomas Jane gets out of the car after killing everybody, it's a classic. If you stay until the credits, you'll think, "Oh crap...might as well have had it been all a dream."

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Some people have distinct reasons for disliking it

    by Mister Man

    and they have nothing to do with the ending. I personally don't care for the style of direction, the performances and the location filming. It hasn't been filmed prior, for some very good reasons. I've waited 22 years for this, since first reading the novella. It's all subjective, of course.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    I had to go back and reread your first post with your review of the movie. I just don't agree with you at all. First off the story is over 20 years old so it's not like they made is specifically for the 9/11 crowd. And you seem to have a problem with the way the people reacted in the movie. How do you think they should react that would make it a better film? People go crazy when shit they can't control goes down. Just because we live in a world with I-Phones doesn't mean we are any more civilized than people throughout the history of mankind. We have just figured out bigger ways to kill each other. Everyone one is entitled to their own opinion and mine is that I thought the movie was practically perfect and a great adaptation of one of my favorite stories of all time. As for the ending, the story was always David's story, just think of having to deal with all the shit he had to and then to find out things could have been saved. The story isn't about how the army saved the day, it's how David lost everything he knew. Human beings think that we deserve to rule the world, when we don't realize that none of us has any real control over anything. We just are in love with the idea that we do.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Mister Man

    by Kloipy

    I'm a HUGE fan of the source material. Have been for over 3/4 of my life and I thought this was one of the best (if not BEST) adaptations of King's work ever. Even if you didn't like the movie, I hope you can appreciate the fact that at least it was done by someone who cares about the story. We should be thankful that we didn't get someone like Paul W Anderson, or the guy who did Ghost Rider to adapt this.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    King was interviewed...

    by dylanus

    ...about Darabont's ending, and said (and I quote), "I love the ending. If I'd thought of it, I'd have used it in the story." Here's the pudding with the proof: Not that this makes the movie's ending better than the book, though I prefer it. But, in every way, The Mist rocks. Haven't had so much fun in a movie theater in awhile. The whole audience was in the pit of Darabont's palm. And this fat guy behind us kept speaking for everyone at key moments: "Shoot her!"; "You think that's gonna stop 'em?" See it in the theater, folks.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name

    yes, its been pointed out.<P>the talkback is long, though - so you may have missed it being mentioned.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    i agree- jane's anguish


    yeah -him putting the gun in his mouth, and the following scream/cries that he dug up from somewhere...good stuff. even worse that his kid started to wake up beforehand, i thought they'd cop out and do it in his sleep. I have no real problem with the ending, but i think it could have used one brief adventure before 'the last straw' where on their trip they did attempt to get more gas or switch vehicles or get some supplies from another vehicle- and were treated to another terrible encounter so dangerous it would help solidify thier decision to never get out of the car again. even going so far as to losing on of the elderly, even if that strayed from the book.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    BSB this is for you

    by Kloipy

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    by Kloipy

    when that scene played out it was to complete silence in my movie theater, it hurt to listen to that part

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Off Topic - Strike's Almost Over?

    by Abin Sur

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name

    she may've been jewish, and she was right, besides.<P>kill lil' timmy/billy = mist disappearing.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    even though you're being sarcastic

    by ironic_name

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name

    not sure, I'm in australia..<P>however since Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism, I would imagine so..<P>maybe just not on the golf courses?

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    ending didn't hit me as hard as my wife

    by pikagreg

    because someone ruined the ending in a talkback like two weeks ago, and I accidentally read it, though I didn't believe it would actually happen that way. And then, sure as shit, it happened that way.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    Whipped through this thread

    by skimn

    cuz I haven't seen it yet. Didn't want to see any spoilage. Damn, did this get beat up at the box office or what?? August Rush beat it? Ouch.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Xiphos: I may sell the rights for download via podcasting. I may make enough to buy a turducken. Thanks for liking my poem.<p> Kloipy: That's the most delicious pic I've seen today, next to pics of Petra Nemcova I've been browsing ...

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by christian66

    One of my fave King stories ever. It shoulda been a balls to the walls 90 minute creep fest. Instead, we get overwrought drama with borderline laughable moments. I was with the movie all the way until the first attack with some of the worst CG since Sci-Fi channel. I mean, this point can't be stressed enough -- the efx were NOT GOOD. No AICN fanboy defense can hold. I'll repeat: BAD CG. The creatures were cartoony, not the visceral critters King so perfectly described. So CG sucks, okay? And the ending was silly. It was almost a parody with th archetypal camera pulling up over somebody on their knees yelling NO! Ambiguity would have served the tale more -- and better spfx.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    This Movie WAS AWESOME!!!

    by Russman

    Fuck you cry babies who didn't like it. What more do you fucking want? This had everything you could want in a thriller/horror movie - suspense, real scares (not pop-up scares) with some gore. We finally get a really good movie and you fuckos complain because the CGI didn't have all the detail that I would've wanted had I used a cray-mach 6 program. Fuck you! The CGI was fine!! Pay attention to the story you fucking child. If these things were from another dimension - what makes you think they'd look that lifelike and real anyway? So the movie does bad and now every suit will say - well so much for having a horror movie that makes you care for the characters and offers an examination of human behavior when under extreme stress - lets break out Jason 16 and Halloween 11 and lets order up a Saw 5 & 6 for good measure. You people really need to stop being so fucking serious about things and learn to just enjoy things. Punk asses.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Using "they're from another dimension!" as an excuse for bad, ca

    by GibsonUSA

    Thats a new one.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Using "they're from another dimension!" as an excuse for bad, CG

    by GibsonUSA

    Thats what I meant. So just because they are from another dimension...they can look like Xbox? So if they are from several dimensions away, they can look like Super Nintendo?

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I don't understand the boxoffice numbers for this....

    by The Dum Guy

    <br>At the theater I work at it is almost number 1 in ticket sales, Enchanted is barely beating it.<br>

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    it launched on thanksgiving weekend.


    families are in town. families are shopping. wh owants to drag grandma or the kids to this? that's the numbers, folks. people went to see safe stuff this week. i wouldn't be surprided if next friday's take is bigger than last friday's.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Double A-fuckin-men, Russman

    by odo19

    I don't give a fuck what the movie made at the box office, it's still one of the best films of the year. As far as Ebert goes that guy seems to have really lost it lately. 3 stars for Slipstream and Hitman?WTF

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 9:34 p.m. CST

    i just thought this movie was boring

    by blonde redhead

    and no i don't care about torture porn, and i'd wager that i'm as big a dork as anyone else here. i thought it was badly acted and i (gasp!) didn't really give a shit about what happened to the characters. and i like the novella. sue me.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Opening lake scene has some of the worst location filming

    by Mister Man

    I have seen within the past few years. It is obviously an ugly-ass lake near Shreveport, with a busy highway bridge in the background. The acting is unintentionally comical, and Darabont needs to stop singing the praises of cheap TV techniques. I've worked episodic and features, and the twain should never meet. I didn't wait 22 years for a telepic.