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The Mist (2007)

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A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writers:

Frank Darabont (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... David Drayton
Marcia Gay Harden ... Mrs. Carmody
Laurie Holden ... Amanda Dunfrey
Andre Braugher ... Brent Norton
Toby Jones ... Ollie Weeks
William Sadler ... Jim
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dan Miller
Frances Sternhagen ... Irene Reppler
Nathan Gamble ... Billy Drayton
Alexa Davalos ... Sally
Chris Owen ... Norm
Sam Witwer ... Private Jessup
Robert C. Treveiler ... Bud Brown (as Robert Treveiler)
David Jensen ... Myron
Melissa McBride ... Woman With Kids at Home
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Storyline

The Draytons - David, Steff and their son Billy - live in a small Maine town. One night a ferocious storm hits the area, damaging their house. The storm is accompanied by a strange mist the following morning. David and Billy and their neighbour Brent Norton go into town and find themselves trapped in a grocery store with several other people. There they discover that the mist contains something frightening and intent on killing humans. Written by grantss

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Taglines:

Fear Changes Everything See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, terror and gore, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Mist See more »

Filming Locations:

Minden, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,931,973, 24 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,593,755
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color | Black and White (Director's Cut)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Dark Tower poster being worked on by David Drayton was actually painted by Drew Struzan, an artist famous for his movie posters of Star Wars franchise, Indiana Jones franchise, Harry Potter franchise, The Thing (1982), Blade Runner (1982), etc. All of the posters in the studio at the beginning of the film were painted by Struzan, as was the film poster for this film. See more »

Goofs

Central Maine Power (CMP) trucks have an orange cargo area with a white cab, unlike those shown in the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Drayton: Whoa!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin as the song at the end of the film fades out. As the end credits roll up the screen, the sounds of military vehicles (helicopters, tanks, APCs, etc.) can be heard over the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Screenwriter and Director Frank Darabont wanted the movie to be shown in black and white. Eventually it was filmed in color but a black and white version of the movie is on the 2-disc DVD release. See more »

Connections

References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mist: Original Score
Performed by 'The Sodden Dog Electronic Arts Society'
Composed By Mark Isham
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One of the best horror films I've seen in a long, long time
29 March 2008 | by arichards22See all my reviews

On first impressions The Mist doesn't remotely seem like the kind of film anyone should be excited about. The Mist, what? A bit like The Fog, then. Stephen King's The Mist, oh, that makes it even worse. Directed by Frank Darabont, since when did he direct horror films? Okay, so he scripted Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and The Blob, not bad films, but not classics in any sense. Starring Thomas Jane, has anyone seen The Punisher. And, to cap it all, The Mist died a quick death at the US box office. It'll probably go straight to DVD in the UK.

The only reason I bought and watched the film was on a recommendation from a friend. He pleaded: "You have to see this film. You won't believe how good it is." So I put his judgement to the test.

And thank God. This is a great horror film. From the opening scene, Darabont sets a tone that's creepy, sinister and beautifully judged. The script is realistic, the character are believable and the direction... Darabont has almost reinvented himself. The Mist is dark, scary and even funny (intentionally). You care about the characters, the scary scenes are scary, and the whole film is carried off with an efficiency, a lack of pretension and a strong idea of what makes a good, if not great, horror film.

And the ending... how dark can you get? I can understand why this didn't do well at the box office. But neither did Shawshank Redemption...


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