The biggest problem with trying to bring attention to overlooked spoopy films for October is sometimes there are movies staring me right in the face that are superb and a lot of people haven't seen them.
The Mist is based on a short story by Stephen King. It is about a small town that is overtaken by a mysterious mist that contains monsters.
I really like how this film builds tension and makes us worry about all the people in the grocery store. I really enjoy the mixture of practical and CG effects throughout the movie. This movie captures the feel of a Stephen King book without all the weirdo stuff Stephen King does (i.e. writing about children he deems to be sexy). It basically distills the story down the to basic elements while throwing out all the crazy Stephen King shit, just like It.
Some people may feel this film is unrealistic and that mankind would never turn into such malevolent monsters. I don't know, maybe watching people murder each other over toilet paper has made me less than optimistic about people.
The RLM guys say it's like a B-movie with the dialogue, but I personally just think Darabont tried emulating Stephen King's writing style because that's how he writes.
As much as I love The Mist, it is definitely not a film for everyone. I watched this recently with my daughter and she was really enjoying it...until we got to the ending. Yes, it's a downer ending movie, but I love the downer ending this movie brings.