Trapped in a convenience store by a mysterious fog bank, the residents of a small town face monsters, and their own small-mindedness and prejudices, in Frank Darabont’s dark-as-balls adaptation of Stephen King’s novella (his third). A far cry from The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, it’s a loving homage to the paranoid films of the fifties with 21st century miserablism with the bleakest ending in recent memory. The CG sometimes betrays the meagre budget, but the acting is top-notch: Thomas Jane makes for a promising leading man, while Marcia Gay Harden and Toby Young bring their A-game. The print is pristine, and is provided in colour and Darabont’s preferred black and white.
EXTRAS: Darabont’s entertaining commentary is supplemented by a chat with King, numerous FX featurettes, webisodes, deleted scenes (with optional commentary), and an appreciation of movie poster artist Drew Suzman, who inspired the Thomas Jane character’s profession.