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Monday, January 28, 2008

Stephen King's The Mist

Frank Darabont is well known for his excellent Stephen King's adaptions The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption and so the expectations regarding his newest King project were very high.

The movie had the look and feel of a B-Movie from the 80s (except for the cell phones), nevertheless I was very pleased with it. The story is almost identical to the original and focuses on the tensions which erupt in the supermarket between the realists and the a steadily growing group of religious fanatics. The monsters are more often than not vague shadows in the mist, which give them an especially surreal feeling. The biggest change to the original was the ending. At first I thought: "Shoot, not another happy ending", but on closer reflection I realized that this ending was much harder and more brutal than the original.

All in all a very good Stephen King adaption, which works good as a suspenseful horror movie as well as a study of human behavior under stress.

Rating 8/10.

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