Movies based on the literary works of Stephen King have been hit and miss until recently, but the films directed by Frank Darabont remain elite. The filmmaker helmed The Shawshank Redemption in 1994, The Green Mile in 1999, and (my personal favorite and the film released on this day in 2007) The Mist!
With a pulse-pounding opener, wonderful creature effects, and an ending that’s emotionally devastating (and controversial) The Mist is bolstered by incredible performances from Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, and William Sadler.
If it’s been a while, or if you’ve yet to experience the nightmarish intensity of The Mist, give the trailer and synopsis a spin below.
After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.
Stephen King says that he was genuinely frightened by this adaption of his novella. Frank Darabont described that as the happiest moment of his career. (Source)
In the opening shot of the film, David is painting in his room. The picture he’s drawing is a design from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of the gunslinger Roland, a Clint Eastwood-like character living in a Middle-Earth-like world. Another design in the room is that of the poster of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982). Carpenter also wrote and directed The Fog (1980), which shares obvious themes with The Mist, as well as Christine (1983), an adaptation of a Stephen King novel. (Source)