The Mist ★★★★

The Mist (Frank Darabont, 2007) 8/10

Unsettling horror film about a group of people - Thomas Jane is the dad with a young son, Marcia Gay Harden is the Bible-spouting fanatic who thinks she is a direct link to God, Frances Sternhagen a feisty old lady, Laurie Holden a pretty young lady, Toby Jones an unexpected hotshot with a gun, Andre Braugher an unbeliever and a number of other small-town folk - trapped in a supermarket trying to ward off strange deadly creatures that come out of a mist that has enveloped the area. Superbly directed film never lets up leading upto the horrific "Twillight Zone"-inspired ending. B-movie, based on the novel by Stephen King, harks back to all the monster movies from the 1950s but with a lethal sting up its sleeve. The creatures are an amalgam of something out of the pages of Jules Verne with a strong mix of the creature from "Alien" and assorted other monster movies. The screenplay also explores the power dynamics between people and how when cornered their minds can twist away from being civilized into creatures not far off from savage beasts. Twisted and shocking film is one of the best in the horror genre.