Sunday, October 16, 2011

GENRE (SPECIAL EDITION): Horror - M

Mist, The (2007) – Frank Darabont

Arguably the best horror film of the last twenty years (look at most of the dates on this list), Frank Darabont continues his professional affiliation with author Stephen King, proving once again that only he should be allowed to adapt the King’s work. This film really delivers on the graphic violence and carnage in a way you don’t really see nowadays, leaving a lot to the imagination in the unknown realm of the mist. Darabont isn’t out for a bunch of cheap, gory thrills that most horror films seem to thrive on in this day and age, with their realistic, desensitized, semi-pornographic horror. The Mist is, in reality, a social drama disguised as a supernatural horror film. It explores the fragile mentality of people when everything they know as safe and secure is taken away and they are forced to live in an uncomfortable, dangerous new world, with no answers. This new world just happens to be populated with malevolent, apathetic creatures that seem to have walked right out of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. 



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Check back tomorrow for the next installment of the Horror Alphabet.

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