Review: Tension Builds in `The Mist’

January 5, 2008 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

The Mist

The Mist

The first two times Frank Darabont adapted and directed a story by Stephen King “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” the results were dramatically compelling and duly acclaimed, but they didn’t leave you tensed up and terrified in your seat.

They weren’t trying to. “The Mist” is, and it succeeds beautifully.

It’s a reflection of both men’s horror roots in the late ’80s, Darabont wrote the remake of “The Blob,” the third “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie and “The Fly II” and King … well, you know who he is but it’s also a welcome return to the kind of subtle, slowly building scares we don’t see anymore in this overly graphic age of torture porn.

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