"The end of times has come. Not in flames, but in mist." A shroud of mist falls on a small New England town. Inside may unspeakable horrors. Trapped in A convenience store, a group of townsfolk must battle against mobsters and themselves for survival. A thoughtful statement on religious fanaticism disguised as a Friday night creature feature? A adaption of a Stephen King story that manages respect it's source material even when it stands apart from it? A gruesome special effects fest? A heartwrenching and emotional conclusion? Gripping and unique dialoug? Why the hell don't we get more movies like THE MIST? Our topic for a shared review is one of my favorite Stephen King films. Go check @flapjackreviews, @manic_horror_reviews, and @cryptkeeping out and see what they think of the film. Get ready folks, because I'm about to gush. I love this movie. I love it way more than I ever thought I would. It's the ideal monster movie, and that's a genre that needed the life breathed back into it. I'm not saying we don't get good monster movies anymore. I think that we just don't get too many high-quality ones. I think, due to their reputation, it's actually a safer bet to make them as straightforward B-pictures. The market says "fun sells"... so we are over-saturated with fun and silly monster movies. When The Mist came out, I don't think audiences were ready to be as bummed out as the movie made them because they had been conditioned by the syfy channel to expect something with more escapism. The Mist isn't about that. At the heart of the story is human evil. You can look at any Stephen King story and say that. In IT, the adults are just as cruel as the clown.. in Christine, the car is only as intimidating as Arnie makes it. So on and so forth. In the Mist, humans play God and let harmful creatures prey on innocent people... humans act as God's judging hand and take innocent lives themselves. The relationship between religion and society is played with blatantly and with a callousness that only King can balance. The creatures are imposing and nasty... but, again, only as scary as the crazed religious leader who demands blood sacrifices in an isolated convenience store.