Okay, so you don’t quite see many monsters. And yes, there are plot twists some may find boring. Characters that will drive you up the wall. Explanations you don’t even agree upon. But there are some reasons on why you should give The Mist on Netflix a chance watch, and I’m here to share them with you.
People of a small town all have secrets. Good people. But something is lurking in the woods of Maine. A soldier awakens in the forest to discover a deadly mist. An eerie fog that takes over the community. Who will survive? What is inside the mist? What does it want?
In Stephen King’s movie, the mist trapped people in the local supermarket and we watched as they turned on one another facing hypertension and paranoia. There were creatures in the mist that had a thirst for blood. The ending of the movie sucked big-time. The tv adaption is so so so much better, despite criticisms that the story isn’t the same as the movie. It’s not supposed to be. It’s an adaption – meaning it’s open to playing around with it loosely based on King’s book, which is one of the main reasons I love it.
The tv adaption first released on Spike, is so so so much better, despite criticisms that the story isn’t the same as the movie. It’s not supposed to be. It’s an adaption – meaning it’s open to playing around with and loosely based on King’s book, which is one of the main reasons I love it.
We still get to watch the townsfolk unravel but in different locations and each with a different story. Some people complained about the date rape storyline thrown into the larger picture, but it’s there for a reason. I can’t tell you why. Others were upset no real visible creatures could be seen in the mist. Just dead bodies piling up, people getting killed in different ways as the mist takes over.
Come on guys, it’s only season one. You have to give the story and the characters a chance to develop. The original story is only 180 pages in length, a novella not a full book. But in the tradition of Under the Dome, characters and plot lines had to be re-created.
“The novel takes place over a short period of time,” says director Torpe. “In order to make it a 10 episode season, we had to change a lot of things, yet wanted to be respectful tot he source material.” it takes place over a very short period of time in a supermarket,” says
Torpe asked for King’s blessing on the changes he wanted to make. So what did the horror master tell him? “As long as you don’t do anything ordinary,” he gave Torpe the green light, and man did he run with it.
The Mist begins with a community facing a major crime of date rape. One that pits neighbors against each other. Then the fog rolls in and cuts off community members leaving them in a church, hospital, on the run, and in a shopping mall.
I loved this composition. I think it delves deeper into the characters to build sub-plots, such as the soldier awaken in the woods from Arrowhead. What really went on there? Why doesn’t he remember who he is? You’ll have to wait to find out as you watch each episode, which to me was gripping and kept me coming back for more.
One of my favorite things about The Mist is the addition of Frances Conroy, whom I absolutely adored in Six Feet Under. She is a critically acclaimed actress always known for playing incredible and well-acted roles, and she does not disappoint with her character in The Mist
Some say The Mist lacks substance. It has poor acting. It doesn’t deliver. I disagree. I thought the acting was good, but what’s more terrifying is how human beings can turn on one another when facing an equal and much more terrifying monster than themselves. Or is there such a thing?
The Mist is a blend of creative drama and horror, mixed with jumpy scenes and spine-tingling suspense. No you won’t get to see creatures flying through the fog. Not in the first season. But season one ended with a bang and deeper plot that I hope leads us down and even scarier path than what unfolds in the first few chapters.
For those reasons, you should give The Mist a chance.
You can view The Mist season one on Netflix right now. See it here. Until then, I’ll leave you with a trailer that I hope sparks your interest.
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