R | | Horror, Sci-Fi
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Darabont felt the novella's ending -- the survivors drive off into the mist hoping to reach safety -- was too open-ended for a film, but contrary to the belief that he simply created this new one himself the inspiration is right there in King's tale. David in the story thinks to himself that if worse comes to worse, they have three bullets in the gun and four people in the truck. King never has them act on it, but Darabont does. "If we're gonna make a horror movie based on a Stephen King story, let's take Steve's most horrible, dour, and darkest thought and follow it out to its logical conclusion."
"The Castle Rock Times", the newspaper a shopper is looking at in "The Food House" town general store has no datum, issue number or price on it.
The end credits begin as the song at the end of the film fades out. As the end credits roll up the screen, the sounds of military vehicles (helicopters, tanks, APCs, etc.) can be heard over the credits.
Screenwriter and Director Frank Darabont wanted the movie to be shown in black and white. Eventually it was filmed in color but a black and white version of the movie is on the 2-disc DVD release.
$8,931,973 (USA) (24 November 2007)