Now, this was the third time Ive watched this film, and after the first time, I can't help but smile every time I hear someone say the name, I have no idea if that's a good thing or not, but I think it might be the initial shock of the ending I experienced the first time round i watched it by myself, sadly at home :(
When this came up in our 'B-Movie' genre, I was expecting to be taken aback, but it suddenly become clear there was clear inspiration from that initial period....I liked the touch's at the beginning.....using not overly known characters (apart from the 4 from THE WALKING DEAD?!?!?!? what was that about lol?)....something that felt quite reminiscent already when comparing to B-Movies along with such a the noticeable 'bad acting' at the beginning, when compared to 50's acting (finding stupid reasons to justifying leaving somewhere), however this was clearly changed once in the store. The general style of the 'town' where the film was set and a eerie reminiscence to a 50's styled suburbia, where everyone knew everyone., although suburbia often is the case for the 'Invasion' films, a constant reminder of America's paranoia of that time period. Even the film title itself, feels like it pays homage to some earlier titles, short and blunt, seeming somewhat 'unimaginative'.
A nice little Easter egg in the film,can be seen at the beginning, when 'Bigshot Hollywood Artist' David Drayton (main character), is painting a picture that actually was created by the designer for the poster of The Mist, and is famous for many others such as Star Wars, and Indiana Jones as well as many others, known as Drew Struzan.
This film contains alot of interesting questions aimed at humanity itself, I particularly liked how they conveyed how fear was a viable excuse for humans to fight one another, without law and order, and religion, we would literally kill ourselves from fighting none another, hence their 'invention'. There were quite a few strong, believable characters in the film also, making their 'survival' situation feel more relative and making more of an imprint, which just added to the feeling that these character were like regular people, in contrast to the 50's 'over-exaggerated acting'. It also had some strong religious aspects in the film, blaming the events in the name of god and he's 'end of days' judgement, which one religious nut insisted on using to control and bend to population of the store to her will. However, with it's modern edge the film made me feel uniquely satisfied when this was ceased :)
In regards to the monster's and the budget they were created on, especially considering how much the CG Industry has developed in the past few years, the effects worked very well, and catch you off guard 'enveloped in mist' with the essence of B-Movie horror has integrated into it perfectly, with the enlargement of insects and beasts that far exceed any normal size, with a scientific/military origin that seems so typical of how the things seem to go sour with experiments, although these beings have a fresh injection of fear.