"What the hell were those tentacles even attached to?”
Frank Darabont wanted to adapt Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” as his directorial debut, but obviously that didn’t happen. It took him 13 years and three feature films, not to mention all the TV writing he was involved in, before he’d finally get around to adapting the story and making the film. What’s great about it is that he went dark with the story and took the original story even further than King took it. It worked for some people but not that well for others who found it far too bleak. Still, it’s found its audience and is generally considered one of the strongest horror adaptations of Kings’ work. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Stephen King à la Darabont series, with his 2007 film The Mist.
We talk about the bleak nature of the story and how well it works for us in context of what King was doing with it. We look at the color version versus the director’s preferred black-and-white version and why we both prefer the black-and-white as well. We chat about the performances, notably Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden (not to mention all the Darabont regulars) and why they work so well in their respective roles. We discuss the Lord of the Flies aspect to the humans in the story and why it fits so perfectly in this world. We chat about the creatures and why we find them so perfectly terrifying. We touch on the music and why the haunting voice of Lisa Gerrard works so well in context of this story. We debate the ending and why it works so well for us while certainly not as well for others – and how it can be interpreted in different ways. And if you’re tuning in to hear us talk about how cool it is that Darabont is such a fan of Drew Struzan’s poster art that he builds it into his lead character’s occupation, you’ll be disappointed. We completely forget to bring it up! So we’ll just mention it here.
It’s a fantastically freaky film and we both love it. We had a great time talking about it on the show this week, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!
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