In the forward to Stephen King’s novella The Mist, the bestselling author reveals he was inspired by the horror/sci-fi films of the late 1950s and 1960s; he even imagined the story through a black & white lens with grainy textures. When Frank Darabont was retained to adapt the story into a feature film, he also imagined bringing his vision to life in black & white. Unfortunately, the studio wouldn’t even consider the option.
When The Mist was released on a collectors’ DVD, however, it included a black & white version, courtesy of modern filmmaking technologies. In the introduction, Darabont says fans should consider the black & white version as a Director’s Cut. Since The Mist is celebrating its 10th Anniversary today, I revisited the film again last night and, for the first time, I experienced the film in black & white.
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Even though I’d already seen The Mist at least half a dozen times, watching it in black & white was like seeing it again for the first time. The mood is completely unique and, in my opinion, works perfectly with the film’s bleak story arc. You can still find black & white versions of The Mist on Blu-ray/DVD; if you’re a fan, consider it a must-watch.
Check out Darabont’s introduction to The Mist in Black & white below, followed by the film’s controversial & devastating conclusion. The latter will really give you an appreciation for the shift in tone black & white creates. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
If it’s been a while, consider giving The Mist a spin in honor of its 10th Anniversary—no matter which version!
Official Synopsis: After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.