The Mist



             The end of times has come. Not in flames, but in mist.


Following a violent thunderstorm, a small town community comes under vicious attack from creatures prowling in a thick and unnatural mist. Local rumours point to an experiment called “The Arrowhead Project” conducted at a nearby top-secret military base, but questions as to the origins of the deadly vapour are secondary to the group’s overall chances for survival. Retreating to a local supermarket, the survivors must face-off against each other before taking a united stand against an enemy they cannot even see.

Commercial artist David Drayton and his wife Stephanie witness the advance of an unusual mist from across the lake bordering their property. More immediately concerned with cleaning up in the aftermath of the storm, David and neighbor Brent Norton go with David's five-year-old son Billy to the local grocery store, which like the rest of the community was left without power. While at the store, an increasing amount of police activity in the streets draws the attention of the patrons, culminating with Dan Miller running to the store with a bloody nose warning of something dangerous in the oncoming mist. Seeing the mist roll over the parking lot and hearing the scream of a man caught outside, the store patrons heed Miller's advice and seal themselves within the store, which is soon shaken by a vicious earthquake. With visibility reduced outside and uncertainty surrounding the fate of the man heard screaming before, a siege mentality takes hold. A mother of two is unable to convince anyone to escort her home to her children (whom she left alone), and she departs into the mist outside by herself.

As confusion sets in, the deeply religious Mrs. Carmody suspects the onset of armageddon as others search for a different answer. While trying to find a blanket for his son, David hears something banging on the door of the loading dock. Unable to convince local mechanics Myron and Jim of what he witnessed, they and bag-boy Norm open the loading-bay door in attempts to repair the ailing generator. A set of otherworldly tentacles lined with claws grip Norm, dragging him away before the loading-bay door is closed again. Now certain of the deadly properties of the mist and aware of the imminent danger it poses to everyone in the store, David and assistant manager Ollie Weeks try and fail to convince Norton and other skeptical patrons not to go outside. Tying a clothesline around the waist of a man who agrees to retrieve a shotgun from a car, the rest of the store's patrons are convinced when Norton and his followers are killed before walking three hundred feet from the front door....

The patrons prepare to defend themselves by making torches. New creatures appear from the mist at nightfall; enormous flying insects and dinosaur-like animals which pluck them off of the store windows, eventually breaking one of them and allowing the creatures in. Two people die in the ensuing attack, leaving another badly burned. Carmody begins gaining followers in the extreme belief that the world is ending and a sacrifice is needed to clear away the mist. Aware of the growing danger Carmody poses to the group, David turns to thoughts of escape. To test the idea of safely reaching his car, he and a group of volunteers try to retrieve medical supplies for the burn victim from the pharmacy next door, but are attacked by spider-like creatures which claim the lives of three of the volunteers. Seeing the failed expedition, Carmody's following grows even stronger with a visibly shaken Jim becoming one of her most vocal followers.

With the discovery that two soldiers from the Arrowhead Project committed suicide during the expedition's absence, the remaining soldier reveals that the project was the origin of the mist. At the hands of Carmody's followers, the soldier is stabbed several times and thrown outside, where he is quickly killed by an enormous, mantis-like creature. Preparing to quietly leave, David and his group are intercepted by Mrs. Carmody, who insists that Billy is to be sacrificed. Carmody is shot twice and killed by Ollie Weeks, and the group proceeds unhindered out the front door. Ollie, Myron, and Cornell are killed in the escape, but Amanda, David, Billy, Dan, and Irene make it to the car.

Driving through the mist, David returns home to find his wife has fallen victim to the spider-like creatures. Heartbroken, he drives the group south, witnessing the destruction left in the wake of the mist. Eventually they run out of gas without finding any other survivors. Surrendering to their fate, the group silently agrees that there is no point in going further. With four bullets left in the gun and five people in the car, David shoots Amanda, Dan, Irene, and his son, Billy, to save them from death at the hands of the creatures. Wailing, he attempts to shoot himself with the now-empty gun before exiting the vehicle to let the creatures in the mist take him. He hears sounds like a creature moving toward him, but after a few moments a military tank drives by, followed by a large company of guards with flamethrowers clearing away the mist and burning the creatures within it. Several trucks filled with survivors are part of the convoy, among them the mother whom nobody from the store would escort. David falls to his knees screaming as a pair of soldiers look at him in confusion. He had been driving away from help the entire time........









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Directed by Frank Darabont
Produced by Frank Darabont
Martin Shafer
Liz Glotzer
Written by Stephen King Frank Darabont
Starring Thomas Jane
Marcia Gay Harden
Toby Jones
Andre Braugher
Music by Mark Isham
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s) November 21, 2007
Running time 125 mins.
Language English
Budget $17 million






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