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'''''The Mist''''' is a 1980 horror novella written by Creator/StephenKing. The story revolves around several members of a small town community who find themselves trapped in the local supermarket when, following a violent thunderstorm, a thick unnatural mist envelopes the town. While tensions arise within the group, the survivors face vicious attack from abnormal creatures prowling in the mist.

A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] was released in 2007, marketed as ''[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Stephen King's The Mist]]''. The film is written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Creator/StephenKing's work and had been interested in adapting ''The Mist'' for the big screen since the 1980s.

It features an ensemble cast including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, Andre Braugher, and SamWitwer. Darabont began filming ''The Mist'' in Shreveport, Louisiana in February 2007. The director revised the ending of the film to be [[DarkerAndEdgier darker than the novella's ending]], a change to which Creator/StephenKing was amicable. [[GiantSpider Unique creature designs]] were also sought to differ from creatures in past films.

Not to be confused with Miguel de Unamuno's novella ''Mist''.

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!! This Novella/Film Contains Examples Of:

* AdaptationExpansion: There is an extra scene [[spoiler: in which someone is killed and given to the monsters as an offering]], of which Creator/StephenKing said he should have thought of it himself when writing the story.
* AllWebbedUp: Done rather effectively with the spider-like monsters in the pharmacy. Made worse because the webs are coated in caustic secretions.
* AlternateUniverse: [[spoiler:In-house rumors about the top-secret Arrowhead Project state that the military was attempting to open a portal to another universe, which explains the mist and its monsters]].
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: None of the alien animals are apparently herbivorous.
* ApocalypseHow: Depending on how far the mist traveled across the world, the novella and movie both depict an awful regional catastrophe, at least, and possibly anything ranging from a biosphere extinction to the complete annihilation of the fabric of the Universe. [[spoiler: At the end of the film, a heavily-armed military clean-up crew is moving in and clearing the mist, implying a regional rather than worldwide catastrophe.]] In the radio play version at the very end [[spoiler: over the radio from the rest of the country you hear: "Death comes. Death comes for all of us." This is also the last words heard from the Arrowhead project, which is where the Mist came from in the first place. Even DarkerAndEdgier.]] The original novella ends with [[spoiler:all of New England, at least, pulled into the mist, and the heroes left with one slender reed of hope.]]
* AssholeVictim: Mrs. Carmody.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Near the end, some of the monsters grow... ''big''. [[spoiler:In the novella, the heroes nearly run into the footprint of one - and it engulfs the entire road. They see it earlier, and it has some rather large bird-like things hanging from its back.]]
* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: When the men try to fix the generator they're attacked by a bunch of tentacles, overpowered and one of them is dragged into the mist.
* BadassGrandma: Irene Reppler.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: The entire point of the movie is to show how most people would believe ''any'' notion, no matter how crazy it sounds on paper, and commit any atrocity when put in a sufficiently incomprehensible and dangerous situation.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: It backfires. Oh ''boy'', does it backfire.
* BigBad: Despite all the [[OurMonstersAreWeird alien nasties]] outside the store, the biggest threat turns out to be Mrs. Carmody.
* BiologicalMashUp: The Gray Widows have incongruously human-like jaws in arachnid bodies.
* BlackBlood: One trailer retouches the blood on the face of a man who enters the store for shelter.
** In the novella, the blood of one of the monsters is [[AlienBlood literally black]], [[BizarreAlienBiology helping to emphasize just how alien they are]].
* BloodyHandprint: On the glass exit doors.
* BodyHorror: A very prominent example in the pharmacy; the reason that one of the men in that place is still alive is because he [[spoiler:is serving as a nursery to several hundred infant Grey Widows.]].
* BoomHeadshot: See NeverMessWithGranny, below.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted to tragic effect. Amanda only had twelve bullets for her gun, and only twelve shots are fired during the course of the movie.
* BrassBalls: Said of the biker who volunteers to leave the supermarket and brave unknown peril to attempt to retrieve a rifle from a pickup in the parking lot.
* CassandraTruth: In the original story, when the main character hears the monster outside of the storage room, several people refuse to believe that anything is out there. [[spoiler: This, of course, leads to someone getting killed]]. Even then, there is a group of people who don't want to think that there are monsters in the mist. It takes them going outside [[spoiler: and, of course, being eaten]] for everyone to figure out that something is a bit...''off''.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Possibly the cruelest example in film history. Made worse by the fact that [[spoiler: they were driving ''away'' from the advancing Army. The Cavalry was minutes behind them the entire time.]]
* CombatTentacles: Whatever it was that drags poor Norm to his doom possesses these in spades.
* CoolOldLady: Irene, the lady who beans Mrs. Carmody with a can and torches a spider monster.
* CosmicHorrorStory
* CreatorCameo: Averted for once, although a store window is labeled "King's Pharmacy" in a nod to the author's usual bit parts.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Not so much a moron in this instance, but meek, unassuming assistant manager Ollie Weeks proves that he's actually pretty handy with a pistol, much to the surprise and unease of his boss. And it's not only his shooting skills - in general, he handles the crisis/subsequent nightmare better than everybody else ([[spoiler: At least, until his fatal HeroicBSOD...]]). Well, except for David, but he is the main protagonist, so it is expected.
** Ollie is beyond handy, he makes every shot he takes with his handgun, a phenomenal feat considering how terrifying and weird the monsters are, while maintaining presence of mind enough to refuse to take shots that would endanger other people. The man is an elite survivor! [[spoiler: Well, right up until he has to kill a person and has a nervous breakdown because of it...]]
* CruelTwistEnding
* DeathByPragmatism: The film goes way past the original story with this. About three different scenarios go something like this:
-->'''David:''' We're going to go do X to help everybody
-->'''Carmody:''' You can't do that! It's blasphemy/sin/death!
-->''David and friends try to do something proactive anyway and end up completely screwed over''
** The pragmatic characters who try to help themselves are wrong all the time [[spoiler:and mostly end up dead]], and Mrs. Carmody predicts everything right.
*** Actually, none of her predictions are right, and the pragmatic characters (the soldiers) are much more successful than Mrs. "Sacrifice the child" Carmody.
*** Another egregious example was that woman who went out into the mist at the beginning to save her kids. [[spoiler:She somehow ends up surviving with them.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The DVD includes an extra copy of the movie in black and white.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Averted; things get bad pretty quickly.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: ''And HOW''. David shoots his son and everybody in the car, then steps out into the mist to be killed. But instead of monsters, the military emerge from the mist and destroy it as he screams in anguish. Stephen King himself, who created the original short story The Mist, was shocked by the ending, and wished he had come up with it himself.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: The two soldiers trapped in the supermarket hang themselves]] giving credence to the idea that the mist was caused by a [[GovernmentConspiracy secret government experiment]]. In the film, a third is left alive to try and explain the situation. Also, several people in the supermarket commit suicide by overdose. Also in the movie, [[spoiler: the group of survivors plan to kill themselves to avoid being eaten by the creatures in the mist]]. This ends very badly.
** Heroine Amanda Dumfries, who has been looking after Billy, discovers her friend Hattie has committed suicide by overdose after almost getting Billy killed during the monster insect attack.
* DyingLikeAnimals: Bats, [[spoiler: then lemmings.]]
* EatenAlive: The main cause of death in the movie.
* EvilLuddite: Carmody seems to think that any scientific advance past 1940 is an affront to God. Stem cells and abortions are surprisingly her ''last'' appeals to ScienceIsBad.
-->'''Carmody:''' We are being punished! For what? For going against the will of God! For going against His forbidden rules of old! Walking on the moon! Or... or splitting His atoms! Or... or... or stem cells, and abortions!
* {{Expy}}: ''HalfLife'' was [[http://uk.gamespot.com/features/halflife_final/part3.html heavily inspired]] by the book, so many places and things from the book have their own versions in the game. For example, Black Mesa is Arrowhead Base. Many of the creatures in the book were adapted to ''Half-Life'' as well.
** ''VideoGame/{{Silent Hill|1}}'' was also inspired by the book, as evidenced by the fog-shrouded town and the pterodactyl-like creature flying through a storefront window. Many references to King and his works are placed throughout the game.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: The MP found AllWebbedUp in the pharmacy. [[spoiler: And, even more horrifiying, David's wife, whose death we do not see...but her webbed-up corpse, split open.]]
* FogOfDoom
* FollowTheLeader: ''HalfLife'' was inspired by the book.
* FoodChainOfEvil: The bat/bird-things prey on the fly/wasp-things.
* TheFundamentalist: Mrs. Carmody takes this UpToEleven.
* GainaxEnding: The book.
* GenreSavvy: David, especially when he's trying to warn some of the store patrons about what he heard on the other side of the loading dock. "What do you think is going on here? Are you people dense?"
* GentleGiant: The "Impossibly Tall Creature", a skyscraper-sized monster that appears at the end. Well, at least [[spoiler: it doesn't instantly attack the humans' car..]]
** [[spoiler: It's so large (larger in the book, but still utterly gigantic in the film) that it probably doesn't even notice them. Which, given everything else, is probably for the best.]]
* GiantEnemyCrab: What finally manages to take out Ollie the assistant manager, who stands around like an idiot despite being entirely competent throughout the rest of the film.
** His repeated line, "[[spoiler: I killed her.]]" a few moments earlier suggests he's in shock, and wasn't paying attention.
* GiantSpider
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: One member of the pharmacy expedition is reduced to a gibbering mess upon seeing [[spoiler:the spiders hatch from the MP's body. He joins Carmody's cult after he recovers slightly]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: The scene at the end of the film where [[spoiler:David shoots his son and the other three passengers.]] Then you hear a scream of pure [[strike:anguish]] [[strike:{{narm}}]] anguish.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Although it is never stated outright, the secretive Arrowhead Project at the Shaymore military base is believed by most of the characters to be the cause of the disaster.
** Though it is outright stated in the movie.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Was that shotgun ''really'' worth it?
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: The first guy who runs, bleeding, into the store.
* HateSink: Mrs. Carmody. Big time. And it is done almost ''disturbingly'' well, as, [[spoiler: when Ollie kills her]], the emotion the viewer experiences is pure joy.
* HolierThanThou: Mrs. Carmody.
* AHouseDivided: Roughly half the cast are more interested in bickering with each other than actual survival.
* HumanSacrifice: Mrs. Carmody persuades her cult to start doing this to appease God and the creatures outside in the mist. Ironically, it probably did the exact opposite and just attracted more of them to the scene of an easy meal.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: If they get scared enough, humans become downright ''monsters'', which is actually the point of the whole story. The "monsters" from the mist are just animals (granted, dangerous, mostly predatory alien ones) doing what comes naturally.
** As Ollie calmly illustrates: "As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another."
* IdiotBall: When in close proximity to a monster, the standard reaction seems to be to stand there, [[DullSurprise expressionless]], as it either charges at you or sneaks up behind you.
** Possibly because they're terrifying as fuck, and usually the stock-still-staring occurs when they see a new monster or encounter one for the first time.
** Even bigger one is that NOBODY thinks that attracting creatures with light will end badly. The smart thing during the night is to keep it dark (humans have decent night vision).
* JerkAss: Several characters in the store, mainly Jim and Brent. But the ultimate one has to be Mrs. Carmody, a horrid religious bitch who slowly goes from a mere annoyance to pure evil.
* KarmicDeath: Mrs. Carmody's very well-deserved date with two revolver bullets near the end.
* KillItWithFire: Fire is very effective against the monsters. A torch takes down one of the pterodactyl monsters, Irene uses an aerosol flamethrower to kill a spider monster, [[spoiler: and the military uses flamethrowers to clear away the mist at the end]].
* KnightTemplar: Mrs. Carmody again.
* LargeHam: Marcia Gay Harden takes the cake for this. She takes a religious woman and makes her go from sane to insane ''and it works''. Also note that Harden is [[PlayingAgainstType playing VERY against type]].
* LawfulStupid: Every member of Mrs Carmody's cult.
* MamaBear: [[TooDumbToLive Call her what you will]], but the woman in the beginning who leaves the store alone proves she is one. Could ''you'' leave your young children alone without trying to get back to them? Oh and [[spoiler: she survives ''and'' rescues her kids.]]
* MoralMyopia: [[spoiler:Mrs. Carmody is shot by a good guy after commanding her flock to sacrifice a young boy to the monsters that invaded. (Being cooped up in a Walmart for a week with monsters outside will make you try anything.) The response from the flock: "You murdered her!"]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: And how.
** When her cult starts to attack the surviving military officer, you can ''see'' Mrs. Carmody's shocked expression basically saying this, possibly her one moment of true sanity in the whole film... and then it melts away as she turns around and orders him thrown to the monsters as a sacrifice.
* NeverMessWithGranny: The elderly school teacher who clocked Mrs. Carmody in the face with a can of peas - and then said there was plenty more where that came from. King writes awesome old people.
** Not only that, but she also fries a FREAKING GIANT ACID-SPITTING SPIDER with a lighter and a can of bug-spray, all the while having a facial expression saying "I'll show YOU!" in that way that only old ladies can say. Most. Badass. Granny. EVAR.
*** ''Nobody'' plays the old lady with more balls than you'll ever have better than Frances Sternhagen.
* NoEnding: The book, lampshaded.
* OminousFog: The entire setup.
* OneWomanWail: The last ten minutes or so. Incidentally, the track used is "The Host of Seraphim" by Dead Can Dance, who provided most of the OneWomanWail in the film that popularized it, ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''.
* OnlySaneMan: David, to begin with at least.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Toby Jones (Ollie Meeks) has a full-on English accent for one line near the end of the movie.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The {{Giant Spider}}s spin horribly corrosive webs and brood their offspring in corpses, and those are the most typical creatures about. Others include the four-winged pterosaur-bats, a largely-unseen creature whose cephalopod tentacles have ''mouths'' instead of suckers, and the... err.. six-legged behemoth covered in prehensile tendrils.
** A little subverted, as another creature, seen mostly in silhouette only, vaguely resembles a preying mantis the size of a small house.
* PetTheDog: A minor one, but the Cult evidently let the Manager back inside after he got separated from the others, despite the fact that his buddies killed their leader.
* ReligionOfEvil: Mrs Carmody's interpretation of how one should be a Christian.
* RevisedEnding: The book simply ends with the survivors getting into their car and [[spoiler: driving across a Mist-shrouded New England, with only a slender reed of hope to follow.]] In the movie, [[spoiler: the lead character kills his son and the people he is traveling with to spare them the pain of being killed by the monsters]] then steps out into the fog to [[spoiler: be killed himself, because he has no bullets left in his gun.]] Just then, [[spoiler: the military shows up and destroys the mist. David doesn't take this well]].
** As noted, King approved of this change, and said he should have done it in the original story.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:In the ending, the lead character kills his entire party including his own son (it would've been group ''suicide'' instead of euthanasia, but he was one bullet short). About five minutes later the military finally shows up with tanks and flamethrowers, along with cars and cars full of survivors, meaning the insane cult they had just left to escape likely survived. To top it all off, he finds himself face-to-face with the woman brave enough to leave the supermarket at the beginning of the movie]].
* ShoutOut: David is painting Roland of Gilead, from Stephen King's opus ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', when the storm hits. The monsters, and the implications of the Arrowhead Project also seem similar to the Todash monsters in that series.
** Another design in the room is that of the poster of John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' (1982). Shouldn't come as a surprise that he directed a similar movie called ''Film/TheFog'' (1980).
** The line "My life for you," spoken by Mrs. Carmody, has been said by a number of villainous characters in the Dark Tower books. Most notably Trashcan Man in ''TheStand''.
** And that siren that goes off as the fog comes rolling in sounds similar to one that went off every time creepy stuff was about to go down [[Franchise/SilentHill in another movie about a town shrouded in mist and filled with monsters.]] It's likely (although not confirmed) that the original novella influenced the game. [[hottip:*: Such town whistles are still common in rural areas, used not only in emergencies, but to sound nightly curfew.]]
** The dead creatures liquefy in the same way as the "things" in ''FromABuick8'', another work by King.
*** [[http://www.silenthillmemories.net/lost_memories/guide/132-133_en.htm Bachman Road.]]
** The painting used on the CD cover of ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' in the studio.
* SkywardScream: David, at the very end.
* TheSoulsaver: Let's just say that Mrs. Carmody is ''not'' the kind of person who knocks at your door asking for a few minutes of your time to talk about Jesus. Well, alright, she does offer you a chance to repent and join her. [[WithUsOrAgainstUs If you refuse]], however, she has... [[HumanSacrifice a very extreme opinion about what to do with heathens when The Lord Almighty is pissed off]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: As noted in OneWomanWail, the survivors' drive away from the supermarket across the misty, web-entangled New England landscape -- and under a gigantic EldritchAbomination -- is set to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJOH5PImrw Dead Can Dance's "The Host of Seraphim"]], making it even ''more'' haunting. [[spoiler:And then it starts ''again'' when David sees the Army coming in through the mist after he just shot his son and companions.]]
* SpaceWhaleAesop: YMMV as to whether the ending constitutes this.
** Or you might not see the ending as an aesop at all. The only real moral you can choke out of it is "shit happens," or maybe "It never rains but it pours"
* StrawVulcan: Norton and his group of skeptics who leave the store because they don't believe there are any monsters in the mist. Lets back up a step. If the skeptics are right about the mist being natural and stay in the store then the weather will blow over in a few hours to a day or someone will come by looking for the grocery store and update them on the situation. They are on their way after a short delay, at most a minor inconvenience. If the other groups are right about the mist and there are monsters outside the best bet for survival is not to go outside to be picked off by monsters. The risk analysis of the situation, however low the probability of lethal monsters, would point to staying in the well stocked grocery store and not wandering off. So of course they choose the 'rational choice' after concluding there are no monsters immediately decide to leave.
** In the novella, David thinks that Norton is, at some level, committing deliberate suicide.
* TooDumbToLive: Just about everyone. Neighbor Brent Norton takes the cake. Disregarding David's and his own common sense to walk straight outside into the creepy fog. The result shouldn't be surprising. Subverted, however, in that the absolute ''dumbest'' among them ends up surviving - perhaps a karmic reward for her [[WhatTheHellHero misguided calling-out of the other townsfolk]] for their understandable refusal to walk out into the mist with her to accompany her to her house.
** Although that last one might fall into YMMV territory - the instinct and need to find and protect her children would certainly be powerful, and there have been any number of occasions in real life where it's led people to override or ignore their instinct for self-preservation. Walking out into The Mist might be dumb, but she had a pretty good reason to do it, unlike the Norton brigade.
*** Not to mention she seemed to know what she was getting into, and [[MamaBear didn't care]].
** The survivors decide to take Mrs. Carmody's advice and use HumanSacrifice as a way to appease God and the creatures in the mist. Of course, as anyone who understands basic animal behavior will tell you, that kind of stuff will only draw ''more'' monsters to the immediate area around the store. Predators swarm at the smell of blood or the chance for an easy meal, so sacrificing people was actually the stupidest thing they could've done. And the mist creatures seem to hunt by sense of smell or hearing because of low visibility, so attracting them to the store with an easy, injured meal would've also alerted them to the people hiding inside of it.
*** Although if these entities are indeed from the Todash Darkness depicted in the Dark Tower series, their driving instincts are less animal instinct, more chaotic evil.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Mrs. Carmody, who turns half the people trapped in the store into religious fanatics, making it increasingly more dangerous for those in the store that still have their sanity.
* VaginaDentata: The tentacle monster's mouth.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Carmody's cult.
** [[spoiler: The cult was likely saved by the army, given they had no intention of leaving the store. Either that, or their earlier behavior wound up attracting more monsters.]]
* WilhelmScream: The infamous scream can be faintly heard amidst the man's other screams as the spider monsters mutilate him in the mist during the escape attempt from the store near the movie's end.
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'''''The Mist''''' is a 1980 horror novella written by Creator/StephenKing. The story revolves around several members of a small town community who find themselves trapped in the local supermarket when, following a violent thunderstorm, a thick unnatural mist envelopes the town. While tensions arise within the group, the survivors face vicious attack from abnormal creatures prowling in the mist.

A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] was released in 2007, marketed as ''[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Stephen King's The Mist]]''. The film is written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Creator/StephenKing's work and had been interested in adapting ''The Mist'' for the big screen since the 1980s.

It features an ensemble cast including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, Andre Braugher, and SamWitwer. Darabont began filming ''The Mist'' in Shreveport, Louisiana in February 2007. The director revised the ending of the film to be [[DarkerAndEdgier darker than the novella's ending]], a change to which Creator/StephenKing was amicable. [[GiantSpider Unique creature designs]] were also sought to differ from creatures in past films.

Not to be confused with Miguel de Unamuno's novella ''Mist''.

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!! This Novella/Film Contains Examples Of:

* AdaptationExpansion: There is an extra scene [[spoiler: in which someone is killed and given to the monsters as an offering]], of which Creator/StephenKing said he should have thought of it himself when writing the story.
* AllWebbedUp: Done rather effectively with the spider-like monsters in the pharmacy. Made worse because the webs are coated in caustic secretions.
* AlternateUniverse: [[spoiler:In-house rumors about the top-secret Arrowhead Project state that the military was attempting to open a portal to another universe, which explains the mist and its monsters]].
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: None of the alien animals are apparently herbivorous.
* ApocalypseHow: Depending on how far the mist traveled across the world, the novella and movie both depict an awful regional catastrophe, at least, and possibly anything ranging from a biosphere extinction to the complete annihilation of the fabric of the Universe. [[spoiler: At the end of the film, a heavily-armed military clean-up crew is moving in and clearing the mist, implying a regional rather than worldwide catastrophe.]] In the radio play version at the very end [[spoiler: over the radio from the rest of the country you hear: "Death comes. Death comes for all of us." This is also the last words heard from the Arrowhead project, which is where the Mist came from in the first place. Even DarkerAndEdgier.]] The original novella ends with [[spoiler:all of New England, at least, pulled into the mist, and the heroes left with one slender reed of hope.]]
* AssholeVictim: Mrs. Carmody.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Near the end, some of the monsters grow... ''big''. [[spoiler:In the novella, the heroes nearly run into the footprint of one - and it engulfs the entire road. They see it earlier, and it has some rather large bird-like things hanging from its back.]]
* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: When the men try to fix the generator they're attacked by a bunch of tentacles, overpowered and one of them is dragged into the mist.
* BadassGrandma: Irene Reppler.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: The entire point of the movie is to show how most people would believe ''any'' notion, no matter how crazy it sounds on paper, and commit any atrocity when put in a sufficiently incomprehensible and dangerous situation.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: It backfires. Oh ''boy'', does it backfire.
* BigBad: Despite all the [[OurMonstersAreWeird alien nasties]] outside the store, the biggest threat turns out to be Mrs. Carmody.
* BiologicalMashUp: The Gray Widows have incongruously human-like jaws in arachnid bodies.
* BlackBlood: One trailer retouches the blood on the face of a man who enters the store for shelter.
** In the novella, the blood of one of the monsters is [[AlienBlood literally black]], [[BizarreAlienBiology helping to emphasize just how alien they are]].
* BloodyHandprint: On the glass exit doors.
* BodyHorror: A very prominent example in the pharmacy; the reason that one of the men in that place is still alive is because he [[spoiler:is serving as a nursery to several hundred infant Grey Widows.]].
* BoomHeadshot: See NeverMessWithGranny, below.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted to tragic effect. Amanda only had twelve bullets for her gun, and only twelve shots are fired during the course of the movie.
* BrassBalls: Said of the biker who volunteers to leave the supermarket and brave unknown peril to attempt to retrieve a rifle from a pickup in the parking lot.
* CassandraTruth: In the original story, when the main character hears the monster outside of the storage room, several people refuse to believe that anything is out there. [[spoiler: This, of course, leads to someone getting killed]]. Even then, there is a group of people who don't want to think that there are monsters in the mist. It takes them going outside [[spoiler: and, of course, being eaten]] for everyone to figure out that something is a bit...''off''.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Possibly the cruelest example in film history. Made worse by the fact that [[spoiler: they were driving ''away'' from the advancing Army. The Cavalry was minutes behind them the entire time.]]
* CombatTentacles: Whatever it was that drags poor Norm to his doom possesses these in spades.
* CoolOldLady: Irene, the lady who beans Mrs. Carmody with a can and torches a spider monster.
* CosmicHorrorStory
* CreatorCameo: Averted for once, although a store window is labeled "King's Pharmacy" in a nod to the author's usual bit parts.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Not so much a moron in this instance, but meek, unassuming assistant manager Ollie Weeks proves that he's actually pretty handy with a pistol, much to the surprise and unease of his boss. And it's not only his shooting skills - in general, he handles the crisis/subsequent nightmare better than everybody else ([[spoiler: At least, until his fatal HeroicBSOD...]]). Well, except for David, but he is the main protagonist, so it is expected.
** Ollie is beyond handy, he makes every shot he takes with his handgun, a phenomenal feat considering how terrifying and weird the monsters are, while maintaining presence of mind enough to refuse to take shots that would endanger other people. The man is an elite survivor! [[spoiler: Well, right up until he has to kill a person and has a nervous breakdown because of it...]]
* CruelTwistEnding
* DeathByPragmatism: The film goes way past the original story with this. About three different scenarios go something like this:
-->'''David:''' We're going to go do X to help everybody
-->'''Carmody:''' You can't do that! It's blasphemy/sin/death!
-->''David and friends try to do something proactive anyway and end up completely screwed over''
** The pragmatic characters who try to help themselves are wrong all the time [[spoiler:and mostly end up dead]], and Mrs. Carmody predicts everything right.
*** Actually, none of her predictions are right, and the pragmatic characters (the soldiers) are much more successful than Mrs. "Sacrifice the child" Carmody.
*** Another egregious example was that woman who went out into the mist at the beginning to save her kids. [[spoiler:She somehow ends up surviving with them.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The DVD includes an extra copy of the movie in black and white.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Averted; things get bad pretty quickly.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: ''And HOW''. David shoots his son and everybody in the car, then steps out into the mist to be killed. But instead of monsters, the military emerge from the mist and destroy it as he screams in anguish. Stephen King himself, who created the original short story The Mist, was shocked by the ending, and wished he had come up with it himself.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: The two soldiers trapped in the supermarket hang themselves]] giving credence to the idea that the mist was caused by a [[GovernmentConspiracy secret government experiment]]. In the film, a third is left alive to try and explain the situation. Also, several people in the supermarket commit suicide by overdose. Also in the movie, [[spoiler: the group of survivors plan to kill themselves to avoid being eaten by the creatures in the mist]]. This ends very badly.
** Heroine Amanda Dumfries, who has been looking after Billy, discovers her friend Hattie has committed suicide by overdose after almost getting Billy killed during the monster insect attack.
* DyingLikeAnimals: Bats, [[spoiler: then lemmings.]]
* EatenAlive: The main cause of death in the movie.
* EvilLuddite: Carmody seems to think that any scientific advance past 1940 is an affront to God. Stem cells and abortions are surprisingly her ''last'' appeals to ScienceIsBad.
-->'''Carmody:''' We are being punished! For what? For going against the will of God! For going against His forbidden rules of old! Walking on the moon! Or... or splitting His atoms! Or... or... or stem cells, and abortions!
* {{Expy}}: ''HalfLife'' was [[http://uk.gamespot.com/features/halflife_final/part3.html heavily inspired]] by the book, so many places and things from the book have their own versions in the game. For example, Black Mesa is Arrowhead Base. Many of the creatures in the book were adapted to ''Half-Life'' as well.
** ''VideoGame/{{Silent Hill|1}}'' was also inspired by the book, as evidenced by the fog-shrouded town and the pterodactyl-like creature flying through a storefront window. Many references to King and his works are placed throughout the game.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: The MP found AllWebbedUp in the pharmacy. [[spoiler: And, even more horrifiying, David's wife, whose death we do not see...but her webbed-up corpse, split open.]]
* FogOfDoom
* FollowTheLeader: ''HalfLife'' was inspired by the book.
* FoodChainOfEvil: The bat/bird-things prey on the fly/wasp-things.
* TheFundamentalist: Mrs. Carmody takes this UpToEleven.
* GainaxEnding: The book.
* GenreSavvy: David, especially when he's trying to warn some of the store patrons about what he heard on the other side of the loading dock. "What do you think is going on here? Are you people dense?"
* GentleGiant: The "Impossibly Tall Creature", a skyscraper-sized monster that appears at the end. Well, at least [[spoiler: it doesn't instantly attack the humans' car..]]
** [[spoiler: It's so large (larger in the book, but still utterly gigantic in the film) that it probably doesn't even notice them. Which, given everything else, is probably for the best.]]
* GiantEnemyCrab: What finally manages to take out Ollie the assistant manager, who stands around like an idiot despite being entirely competent throughout the rest of the film.
** His repeated line, "[[spoiler: I killed her.]]" a few moments earlier suggests he's in shock, and wasn't paying attention.
* GiantSpider
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: One member of the pharmacy expedition is reduced to a gibbering mess upon seeing [[spoiler:the spiders hatch from the MP's body. He joins Carmody's cult after he recovers slightly]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: The scene at the end of the film where [[spoiler:David shoots his son and the other three passengers.]] Then you hear a scream of pure [[strike:anguish]] [[strike:{{narm}}]] anguish.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Although it is never stated outright, the secretive Arrowhead Project at the Shaymore military base is believed by most of the characters to be the cause of the disaster.
** Though it is outright stated in the movie.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Was that shotgun ''really'' worth it?
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: The first guy who runs, bleeding, into the store.
* HateSink: Mrs. Carmody. Big time. And it is done almost ''disturbingly'' well, as, [[spoiler: when Ollie kills her]], the emotion the viewer experiences is pure joy.
* HolierThanThou: Mrs. Carmody.
* AHouseDivided: Roughly half the cast are more interested in bickering with each other than actual survival.
* HumanSacrifice: Mrs. Carmody persuades her cult to start doing this to appease God and the creatures outside in the mist. Ironically, it probably did the exact opposite and just attracted more of them to the scene of an easy meal.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: If they get scared enough, humans become downright ''monsters'', which is actually the point of the whole story. The "monsters" from the mist are just animals (granted, dangerous, mostly predatory alien ones) doing what comes naturally.
** As Ollie calmly illustrates: "As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another."
* IdiotBall: When in close proximity to a monster, the standard reaction seems to be to stand there, [[DullSurprise expressionless]], as it either charges at you or sneaks up behind you.
** Possibly because they're terrifying as fuck, and usually the stock-still-staring occurs when they see a new monster or encounter one for the first time.
** Even bigger one is that NOBODY thinks that attracting creatures with light will end badly. The smart thing during the night is to keep it dark (humans have decent night vision).
* JerkAss: Several characters in the store, mainly Jim and Brent. But the ultimate one has to be Mrs. Carmody, a horrid religious bitch who slowly goes from a mere annoyance to pure evil.
* KarmicDeath: Mrs. Carmody's very well-deserved date with two revolver bullets near the end.
* KillItWithFire: Fire is very effective against the monsters. A torch takes down one of the pterodactyl monsters, Irene uses an aerosol flamethrower to kill a spider monster, [[spoiler: and the military uses flamethrowers to clear away the mist at the end]].
* KnightTemplar: Mrs. Carmody again.
* LargeHam: Marcia Gay Harden takes the cake for this. She takes a religious woman and makes her go from sane to insane ''and it works''. Also note that Harden is [[PlayingAgainstType playing VERY against type]].
* LawfulStupid: Every member of Mrs Carmody's cult.
* MamaBear: [[TooDumbToLive Call her what you will]], but the woman in the beginning who leaves the store alone proves she is one. Could ''you'' leave your young children alone without trying to get back to them? Oh and [[spoiler: she survives ''and'' rescues her kids.]]
* MoralMyopia: [[spoiler:Mrs. Carmody is shot by a good guy after commanding her flock to sacrifice a young boy to the monsters that invaded. (Being cooped up in a Walmart for a week with monsters outside will make you try anything.) The response from the flock: "You murdered her!"]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: And how.
** When her cult starts to attack the surviving military officer, you can ''see'' Mrs. Carmody's shocked expression basically saying this, possibly her one moment of true sanity in the whole film... and then it melts away as she turns around and orders him thrown to the monsters as a sacrifice.
* NeverMessWithGranny: The elderly school teacher who clocked Mrs. Carmody in the face with a can of peas - and then said there was plenty more where that came from. King writes awesome old people.
** Not only that, but she also fries a FREAKING GIANT ACID-SPITTING SPIDER with a lighter and a can of bug-spray, all the while having a facial expression saying "I'll show YOU!" in that way that only old ladies can say. Most. Badass. Granny. EVAR.
*** ''Nobody'' plays the old lady with more balls than you'll ever have better than Frances Sternhagen.
* NoEnding: The book, lampshaded.
* OminousFog: The entire setup.
* OneWomanWail: The last ten minutes or so. Incidentally, the track used is "The Host of Seraphim" by Dead Can Dance, who provided most of the OneWomanWail in the film that popularized it, ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''.
* OnlySaneMan: David, to begin with at least.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Toby Jones (Ollie Meeks) has a full-on English accent for one line near the end of the movie.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The {{Giant Spider}}s spin horribly corrosive webs and brood their offspring in corpses, and those are the most typical creatures about. Others include the four-winged pterosaur-bats, a largely-unseen creature whose cephalopod tentacles have ''mouths'' instead of suckers, and the... err.. six-legged behemoth covered in prehensile tendrils.
** A little subverted, as another creature, seen mostly in silhouette only, vaguely resembles a preying mantis the size of a small house.
* PetTheDog: A minor one, but the Cult evidently let the Manager back inside after he got separated from the others, despite the fact that his buddies killed their leader.
* ReligionOfEvil: Mrs Carmody's interpretation of how one should be a Christian.
* RevisedEnding: The book simply ends with the survivors getting into their car and [[spoiler: driving across a Mist-shrouded New England, with only a slender reed of hope to follow.]] In the movie, [[spoiler: the lead character kills his son and the people he is traveling with to spare them the pain of being killed by the monsters]] then steps out into the fog to [[spoiler: be killed himself, because he has no bullets left in his gun.]] Just then, [[spoiler: the military shows up and destroys the mist. David doesn't take this well]].
** As noted, King approved of this change, and said he should have done it in the original story.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:In the ending, the lead character kills his entire party including his own son (it would've been group ''suicide'' instead of euthanasia, but he was one bullet short). About five minutes later the military finally shows up with tanks and flamethrowers, along with cars and cars full of survivors, meaning the insane cult they had just left to escape likely survived. To top it all off, he finds himself face-to-face with the woman brave enough to leave the supermarket at the beginning of the movie]].
* ShoutOut: David is painting Roland of Gilead, from Stephen King's opus ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', when the storm hits. The monsters, and the implications of the Arrowhead Project also seem similar to the Todash monsters in that series.
** Another design in the room is that of the poster of John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' (1982). Shouldn't come as a surprise that he directed a similar movie called ''Film/TheFog'' (1980).
** The line "My life for you," spoken by Mrs. Carmody, has been said by a number of villainous characters in the Dark Tower books. Most notably Trashcan Man in ''TheStand''.
** And that siren that goes off as the fog comes rolling in sounds similar to one that went off every time creepy stuff was about to go down [[Franchise/SilentHill in another movie about a town shrouded in mist and filled with monsters.]] It's likely (although not confirmed) that the original novella influenced the game. [[hottip:*: Such town whistles are still common in rural areas, used not only in emergencies, but to sound nightly curfew.]]
** The dead creatures liquefy in the same way as the "things" in ''FromABuick8'', another work by King.
*** [[http://www.silenthillmemories.net/lost_memories/guide/132-133_en.htm Bachman Road.]]
** The painting used on the CD cover of ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' in the studio.
* SkywardScream: David, at the very end.
* TheSoulsaver: Let's just say that Mrs. Carmody is ''not'' the kind of person who knocks at your door asking for a few minutes of your time to talk about Jesus. Well, alright, she does offer you a chance to repent and join her. [[WithUsOrAgainstUs If you refuse]], however, she has... [[HumanSacrifice a very extreme opinion about what to do with heathens when The Lord Almighty is pissed off]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: As noted in OneWomanWail, the survivors' drive away from the supermarket across the misty, web-entangled New England landscape -- and under a gigantic EldritchAbomination -- is set to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJOH5PImrw Dead Can Dance's "The Host of Seraphim"]], making it even ''more'' haunting. [[spoiler:And then it starts ''again'' when David sees the Army coming in through the mist after he just shot his son and companions.]]
* SpaceWhaleAesop: YMMV as to whether the ending constitutes this.
** Or you might not see the ending as an aesop at all. The only real moral you can choke out of it is "shit happens," or maybe "It never rains but it pours"
* StrawVulcan: Norton and his group of skeptics who leave the store because they don't believe there are any monsters in the mist. Lets back up a step. If the skeptics are right about the mist being natural and stay in the store then the weather will blow over in a few hours to a day or someone will come by looking for the grocery store and update them on the situation. They are on their way after a short delay, at most a minor inconvenience. If the other groups are right about the mist and there are monsters outside the best bet for survival is not to go outside to be picked off by monsters. The risk analysis of the situation, however low the probability of lethal monsters, would point to staying in the well stocked grocery store and not wandering off. So of course they choose the 'rational choice' after concluding there are no monsters immediately decide to leave.
** In the novella, David thinks that Norton is, at some level, committing deliberate suicide.
* TooDumbToLive: Just about everyone. Neighbor Brent Norton takes the cake. Disregarding David's and his own common sense to walk straight outside into the creepy fog. The result shouldn't be surprising. Subverted, however, in that the absolute ''dumbest'' among them ends up surviving - perhaps a karmic reward for her [[WhatTheHellHero misguided calling-out of the other townsfolk]] for their understandable refusal to walk out into the mist with her to accompany her to her house.
** Although that last one might fall into YMMV territory - the instinct and need to find and protect her children would certainly be powerful, and there have been any number of occasions in real life where it's led people to override or ignore their instinct for self-preservation. Walking out into The Mist might be dumb, but she had a pretty good reason to do it, unlike the Norton brigade.
*** Not to mention she seemed to know what she was getting into, and [[MamaBear didn't care]].
** The survivors decide to take Mrs. Carmody's advice and use HumanSacrifice as a way to appease God and the creatures in the mist. Of course, as anyone who understands basic animal behavior will tell you, that kind of stuff will only draw ''more'' monsters to the immediate area around the store. Predators swarm at the smell of blood or the chance for an easy meal, so sacrificing people was actually the stupidest thing they could've done. And the mist creatures seem to hunt by sense of smell or hearing because of low visibility, so attracting them to the store with an easy, injured meal would've also alerted them to the people hiding inside of it.
*** Although if these entities are indeed from the Todash Darkness depicted in the Dark Tower series, their driving instincts are less animal instinct, more chaotic evil.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Mrs. Carmody, who turns half the people trapped in the store into religious fanatics, making it increasingly more dangerous for those in the store that still have their sanity.
* VaginaDentata: The tentacle monster's mouth.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Carmody's cult.
** [[spoiler: The cult was likely saved by the army, given they had no intention of leaving the store. Either that, or their earlier behavior wound up attracting more monsters.]]
* WilhelmScream: The infamous scream can be faintly heard amidst the man's other screams as the spider monsters mutilate him in the mist during the escape attempt from the store near the movie's end.
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'''''The Mist''''' (also known as ''[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Stephen King's The Mist]]''), is a 2007 American horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Creator/StephenKing. The film is written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Creator/StephenKing's work and had been interested in adapting ''The Mist'' for the big screen since the 1980s.

The film revolves around several members of a small town community who find themselves trapped in the local supermarket when, following a violent thunderstorm, a thick unnatural mist envelopes the town. While tensions arise within the group, the survivors face vicious attack from abnormal creatures prowling in the mist.

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'''''The Mist''''' (also known is a 1980 horror novella written by Creator/StephenKing. The story revolves around several members of a small town community who find themselves trapped in the local supermarket when, following a violent thunderstorm, a thick unnatural mist envelopes the town. While tensions arise within the group, the survivors face vicious attack from abnormal creatures prowling in the mist.

A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] was released in 2007, marketed
as ''[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Stephen King's The Mist]]''), is a 2007 American horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Creator/StephenKing.Mist]]''. The film is written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Creator/StephenKing's work and had been interested in adapting ''The Mist'' for the big screen since the 1980s. \n\nThe film revolves around several members of a small town community who find themselves trapped in the local supermarket when, following a violent thunderstorm, a thick unnatural mist envelopes the town. While tensions arise within the group, the survivors face vicious attack from abnormal creatures prowling in the mist.\n



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2nd Aug '13 3:19:36 PM Marin1977
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* Even bigger one is that NOBODY thinks that attracting creatures with light will end badly. The smart thing during the night is to keep it dark (humans have decent night vision).


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** Even bigger one is that NOBODY thinks that attracting creatures with light will end badly. The smart thing during the night is to keep it dark (humans have decent night vision).
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* Even bigger one is that NOBODY thinks that attracting creatures with light will end badly. The smart thing during the night is to keep it dark (humans have decent night vision).
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*** Actually, none of her predictions are right, and the pragmatic characters (the soldiers) are much more successful than Mrs. "Sacrifice the child" Carmody.
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* BiologicalMashUp: The Gray Widows have incongruously human-like jaws in arachnid bodies.
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*** Although if these entities are indeed from the Todash Darkness depicted in the Dark Tower series, their driving instincts are less animal instinct, more chaotic evil.
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* ShoutOut: David is painting Roland of Gilead, from Stephen King's opus ''TheDarkTower'', when the storm hits. The monsters, and the implications of the Arrowhead Project also seem similar to the Todash monsters in that series.

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* ShoutOut: David is painting Roland of Gilead, from Stephen King's opus ''TheDarkTower'', ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', when the storm hits. The monsters, and the implications of the Arrowhead Project also seem similar to the Todash monsters in that series.
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