Keep a Change of Pants Handy…

Yes, I know that sounds disgusting. But in a break from comic reviews I’d like to do a joint review of one the most terrifying horror movies I’ve ever seen, and the book that it was based (pretty faithfully) on. You may have heard of it. It’s called The Mist, and I can never look at low-hanging clouds the same way again.

The first thing you need to know about The Mist is that Stephen King wrote the original novella, which appears in an edited form in Skeleton Crew, and in the fuller form as a stand-alone novella, the latter being the version that I read. Also it’s important to note that as much as I love Stephen King, the ending of the movie was infinitely more brilliant and horrifying than the ending of the book. Other than the ending though the movie stuck pretty closely to the book.

I  like that neither book nor movie ever offers a truly satisfying explanation of where the mist came from or what the Arrowhead project is (although the movie explains it in far more depth than the book, but still somewhat ambiguously). There are some other minor points in the movie that weren’t in the book, but that’s about all I can say — telling you would completely ruin the shock of seeing it for the first time.

One thing that anyone planning to see this movie should know is that I love horror — Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, zombies, vampires, things that go bump in the night — and it’s quite difficult to actually scare me. In fact, thus far Stephen King is the only one to have managed it, with ‘Salems Lot and the movie adaptation of The Mist. While the book did set my heart racing, the movie had me literally screaming… beware the pharmacy scene is all I can say.

This is not a movie for the weak-stomached or faint of heart. You will be scared out of your mind. Only the strongest should watch. If you don’t think you can handle the movie, try the book first. If you can handle that, then you can consider moving up to the big leagues.

And like the title says, keep those clean pants nearby.


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