Since Beowulf left me slightly unsatisfied(I honestly don't know why), I wanted to review a film I am giving an A to. I read this novella many, many moons ago, loved it but knew it probably wouldn't be filmed for a long, long time. The technology just wasn't there. Now it is, and I'm happy to report everything I loved & remembered about the story is up on the screen & then some. I admit I'm not much of a fan of the current crop of horror flicks. I haven't seen any of the Saw movies, nor The Descent, Hostel I & II...well, you get the picture. MOst of my favorite KIng adaptions were more character-driven drama pieces like Shawshank Redemption & Green MIle. Not coincidentally, Frank Darabont(who worked on Young Indy & I believe a script draft for Indy 4) who directed Shawshank & Green Mile wrote & directed The Mist. A brave & wise choice. This is a character driven drama in spite of the almost sci-fi nature of the story, and the acting is top notch all around. I won't say too much about the plot, but it has more in common with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds(a classic)...A SMALL TOWN finds itself facing unspeakable...(well, I'm not telling). This is a thriller for a post 9/11 society. Normal, average folk caught in extraordinary situations. What do you do when technology fails, when machines aren't there to help us and you can't call 911 for help. The system breaks down, and then tragically civilized behavior breaks down, and that's at the core of The Mist. Darabont & KIng show us at our darkest, and those inner demons(like in 1408) to me are more frightening than the boogeymen in most of the recent crop of scary films. No wimpy ending like in War of the Worlds, either, so rejoice!