“There’s something in the mist!”
Small town paranoia meets a military conspiracy.
“The Mist seduces you with one plausible theory a er another, but it saves its biggest twist for the end.”
Netix’s Stranger Things evoked a tantalizing blend of 1980s nostalgia, but it was the amorphous fear of a place not of this world that really served as the show’s anchor. The TV adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella,
The Mist, draws on a similar formula, but it replaces the Upside Down with a dense, malevolent fog with a life of its own. An enticing blend of fantasy and horror, the TV series puts an intriguing spin on King’s story. Instead of giant monsters and tentacles out to get you in the mist, you’re not exactly sure what is out there.
The mist responds to people in different ways – a tattoo of a death’s-head moth on a man’s back kills him when it shudders to life, and a devout priest is dragged along behind what looks to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The Mist seduces you with one plausible theory after another, but it saves its biggest twist for the end. And along the way, it keeps you on your toes with characters who are not who they seem, and inklings of larger and more sinister things afoot.