The Mist

The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

We’ve talked previously about movies that are better than their source material on the whole. Now let’s talk about movies that improve upon their source in a very specific way — the ending. A bad ending can ruin a perfectly good film (The Ninth Gate) and a good one can make an otherwise mediocre film shine (The Usual Suspects — Yeah, I said it, come at me). Even if the rest of the film was a complete dog turd, at least the creators got the ending right in movies like…

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There’s probably no funnier first-world fear than thinking your stuff might come alive and try to kill you. Then again, pretty much the entire horror genre is based around exploiting ridiculous irrational fears – it’s just that some fears are a little more irrational than others. Your toaster isn’t out to get you. To celebrate that, here are some of the most innocuous, completely stupid objects that horror films have found a way to demonize (successfully even!):

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Jaws

Ah yes. It’s that time of the year, folks. The only month where it’s slightly less mean to jump out at a child while wearing a clown mask. The vandal’s holiday… cretin Christmas. It really is a special time for all of us horror movie fans. So let’s light some candles, get our favorite Misfits album out and start this party. They say that nothing can ever outdo the imagination – something that is most evident when it comes to terror and death. It’s not what you see that scares you – it’s what you don’t. It’s why we fear the dark. So while gore is great fun, it’s nothing compared to something merely implied.

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Frank Darabont Walking Dead

There’s only a 7 year gap between Frank Darabont delivering A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and delivering The Shawshank Redemption. He wrote the script for the first and wrote and directed the second, but how ridiculously awesome is that combination? Darabont started out as a production assistant for the 1981 Linda Blair-starring Hell Night, which is as schlocky good as it gets, and has gone on to build an Oscar-nominated career based on his keen ability to adapt excellent books into excellent films. He’s probably also a great guy to grab a beer with. So here’s a bit of free film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from the man who gave us the #1 film according to over 800,000 IMDB users.

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When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis: A small lakeside town in Maine sees their world turn inside out when a strange fog moves into the area. As if the lack of visibility wasn’t nightmare enough, the mysterious mist also appears to be filled with… creatures straight out of hell. A small group of survivors consisting of friends, neighbors, and acquaintances alike holes up in the local supermarket where they discover not all the threats are locked outside. The best and worst of humanity face off against mankind’s greatest threat and one father’s worst nightmare.

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Robert Fure takes a trip down memory lane and examines the most entertaining, most violent, and most significant horror films of the past decade.

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.

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Set in a small town, the film is populated by cardboard cutouts of your standard archetypes: the religious fundamentalist, the haughty fella from the city (black, natch), the reckless small-town simpleton, etc. etc.

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Robert Fure

The Mist

Movie Reviews By Robert Fure on November 27, 2007 | Comments (4)

For being stuck in one spot nearly the whole time, master director Frank Darabont keeps the tension raised high.

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Whether you’re trapped in a store with monsters outside, or trapped in a theater with 300 of your closest friends watching a horror flick, what better way to make things more fun than have a few drinks?

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Nathan Deen

The Mist

Movie Reviews By Nate Deen on November 22, 2007 | Comments (22)

Despite the fact that Darabont has made two films based on King novels, The Mist seems like a very unusual choice for him.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Reject Report to all of you, and a big hello again to all you Writers Guild of America people who plan to spend Turkey Day on the picket line. We’ve got a big week of movies ahead.

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If anyone spoils the ending for me before I see this film I will slay you!

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When we met up with Frank Darabont after a party at the Keating Hotel in San Diego this past summer, we spoke about a few things. We spoke about his upcoming film The Mist, with our friend Thomas Jane, and also about Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull. He sounded just as excited for it, as he did for his own film. However, even then he had something to say about writing credit.

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Thanks to a slue of atrocious Oscar wannabe’s this year, I have been relegated to looking forward to films that would normally be well off my radar (read: anything meant to frighten, scare or terrify audiences). One film in particular that has begun to sneak up on my Fall Want List is The Mist, starring Thomas Jane, Andre Brougher and Marcia Gay Harden.

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Any time we get to show some love to our good friend Thomas Jane on the site, it’s a good day. While we were galavanting around the streets of San Diego at Comic Con this year, Tom was gracious enough to hang out here and there. We also had the pleasure of meeting up with Frank Darabont, who is a truly nice guy and the director of The Mist, which just so happens to star Thomas Jane. And guess what, we’ve got a look at the latest trailer for the flick that is based on a novel by Stephen King. Get your plastic undies folks, this one looks creepy.

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