The Mist (2007 IMDb)

Categorization

Horror.

Subject

The day after a storm, reg'lar folks in a contemporary American small town restock in the general store as a mist inexplicably blankets everything beyond the windows, and one bloodied man runs out of it, screaming.

Commentary

Those who do not like The Mist generally fall into a single category: Human chauvinists who say they would have preferred a stronger focus on the drama. Fortunately, the universe is bigger than us, sometimes even in fiction. Long live the legacy of H. P. Lovecraft! Also, the last scene, while not brilliant, has one quality worthy of praise. It undermines the hero myth. The cleanup is consistent with nihilist horror if you view it as an irresponsible machine taking back control to keep doing what it was doing while civilization is revarnished. Those soldiers sure look the part. Carmody, on the other hand, really ought to have been more nuanced.

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