TV Club: In The Mist, the weather hides a very human horror story

Adapting the work of Stephen King has produced a mixed bag over the years, with results ranging from iconic (The Shining), to definitely not as good as you remember (IT), to nonsensical and bloated (Under the Dome). The pilot for The Mist, loosely based on the author’s 1980 novella of the same name, is a bit hit-or-miss itself but ultimately succeeds by exploring King’s favorite idea, that compared to the freaks and creeps that go bump in the night human beings are the worst monsters of them all. By the time the titular weather pattern finally descends on Bridgeville, Maine about two-thirds of the way into the episode—until then it crawls forward at the same speed Jason Voorhees lumbers after Crystal Lake campers—its arrival seems inevitable, like the community willed it into existence through its combined unpleasantness. Yes, the screams and jaw-ripping bloodiness it brings are …

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