Seeing things from our nightmares may be one of the scariest things we could ever experience. With nobody really knowing what scares us, we keep these fears hidden away as our dreams are our own. Even though we may remember bits and pieces of what has happened during our dreams and wake up in cold sweats from our nightmares, we can only remember a small fraction of what has happened while we were sleeping. It is sad, but for the most part, I don’t think we really want to know what our subconscious is trying to tell us, especially if it does not come with good vibes.
David Drayton is working on his new piece of art for a movie poster as a storm starts moving through town. As he does not expect anything too bad to come from it, he leaves all of his art in his drawing room and follows his wife and son, to protect them from the threat. Waking up in the morning, David finds that the storm has knocked his grandfather’s tree through his window, causing all of his work to be damaged and unable to be salvaged. When his son Billy comes running from the back yard, David finds he has another storm that he will have to battle as his neighbor’s old dead tree has flattened his boathouse. Knowing that it is nobodies fault but the storm's, David plans a trip into town to get supplies to fix up his home, but he will add another member to his trip as his neighbor needs a ride into town.
Although David and his neighbor Mr. Norton have never been friends, this is talking a big step in their relationship and they start to talk to each other as people, not rivals. The local grocery store is packed with people preparing for the worst and everyone is just trying to get home and be with their families when a strange mist comes rolling into the parking lot. Nobody knows what it is, but when a local comes running in from it, yelling to shut and lock the doors, all of the shoppers start to wonder what it was that he saw. When David and his friends in the store get together, they decide to do a little bit of recon around the store and find out that the exhaust port for the store's generator is blocked and they need to clear it before the gas fumes get too strong in the building.
Opening the back delivery door to allow one of the bag boys to become a hero would change the small group's lives forever as a group of tentacles come reaching in the opening and try to grab anything that has a heartbeat. Losing one of the group to this ‘thing’ that is outside, the group tries to reason with the rest of the shoppers in the store and tell them exactly what they are dealing with, but not being able to win everyone over leaves the store divided. With some people wanting to leave and get back home with their loved ones, along with one woman that turns to her savior for answers, the customers all start to choose their own paths of finding a way to escape the terror that is outside of the doors. David tries to keep his cool, but with his son’s life in danger as well, he knows that whatever he does, he will not allow himself to leave his boy fatherless.
The Mist follows a large group of shoppers as they have been trapped inside of a grocery store as a strange occurrence is happening outside. Not knowing that is happening is driving everyone in the store crazy in a way, but once David and a couple of his friends find out the truth, nobody is willing to give a look as it seems too outlandish. With only strange sounds outside of the grocery store and no hard evidence of what is happening, a group tries to escape their sanctuary and get home, but none are left alive by the nightmarish threat that is outside the doors. As a woman in the store turns to God to help provide her with answers, she starts to preach to everyone inside of the store about what they will need to do to survive through faith. Although, nobody seems to believe her at first, everything she says starts coming true in the store and she gathers more followers as their imprisonment continues. Knowing that if she gains too many followers, David and his friends will be held accountable for what is happening outside the doors, they need to find a way to escape into the mist and try to find their own way of survival. With the new threats inside of the store and unknown outside of it, David and his friends will have to battle their fear of the unknown as they will head south and try to escape the terrors the mist has brought upon their town.
This is one of my favorite horror movies of all time and it is not because of the monsters that being housed in the unknown, it is the people and how they react to the situation they have been placed in. This is one of the only films that I have found myself actually hating a character and the only reason why is that the actress played her so well. I don’t find that in many films these days and it is kind of reminds me why I like this film so much. With a great, strong cast and a fantastic script, this movie captured lightning in a bottle in my opinion and will always be on my horror shelf, ready to watch when I need something to break me out of any funk. Stay Scared.