Yes, it's an old-school horror movie complete with huge insect predators and plenty of gore, but the questions it raises about religion, paranoia, mob behavior and human nature are the most intriguing aspects of the movie. The special effects are mediocre and the characters are not well-developed.
What distinguishes it from stock horror films is its nihilistic streak. Based on the 1980 Stephen King novella and directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), the film is thoughtful and smart but slow-moving. And the ending may anger viewers.
David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his son Billy (Nathan Gamble) take a trip to the grocery store, initially in the company of an argumentative neighbor (Andre Braugher), leaving Mom home to cope with the fallen tree caused by a storm the previous night. Fog is rolling in and the mood is ominous.
A bloodied man runs into the market as David and Billy are shopping, babbling about his friend being whisked away by something.
Soon, David, his young son and dozens of other shoppers become trapped in the grocery store by the pervasive, eerie mist. David and some of the market employees witness an attack firsthand, involving some mysterious tentacles. At first, no one will believe that a supernatural monstrous force is plaguing them. Soon, physical signs induce widespread credulity.
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