2 hours, 4 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
2 Disc DVD Features:
Disc 1: Feature commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Drew Struzan: An appreciation of an artist; Behind-the-scenes webisodes; Trailer gallery;
Disc 2: Frank Darabont introduces The Mist in black & white; The director's vision: The complete feature film in black & white; When darkness came: The making of The Mist; Taming the beast: The making of scene 35; Monsters among us: A look at the creature fx; The horror of it all: The visual fx of The Mist.
Thomas Jane ("The Sweetest Thing") is David Drayton, a movie-poster artist and respectable family man who,goes to pick up supplies at the local grocery store after a violent storm sends a large tree crashing through his front window, accompanied by his young son Billy ("Babel"). It seems that the storm also has left a spooky mist in its wake that is rapidly encroaching on the entire town as well as harboring all manner of deadly supernatural creatures.
Inside the market, David finds himself surrounded by a shrill, Bible-thumping zealot (Marcia Gay Harden "Pollack") who holds all sinners responsible for what's going on and an equally hard-nosed lawyer (Andre Braugher "Poseidon") demands logical explanations. In addition to other archetypes there's the older grocery bagger Toby Jones (Truman Capote in "Infamous"), a nice guy with a simple job, who never wanted a day of excitement. Well, he's surely found it here, and he deals with it all in exasperated exhaustion.
This is the third Stephen King epic directed by Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption" in 1994 and "The Green Mile" in 1999), and it is definitely the scariest. Although it may suffer from stock characters and mediocre special effects, it still delivers big chills and it will leave you shaken. And that's what a good horror movie does best.
Thomas Jane ... David Drayton
Marcia Gay Harden ... Mrs. Carmody
Andre Braugher ... Brent Norton
Laurie Holden ... Amanda Dumfries
Toby Jones ... Ollie
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dan Miller
Frances Sternhagen ... Irene
Nathan Gamble ... Billy