“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”
Source: Dollar Bin Horror
Day 05 – Your favorite monster movie
Film: The Mist (2007) – dir. Frank Darabont
This may be “controversial” because it isn’t a typical monster film, but those giant bugs, and everything else residing inside that mist, are about as monstrous as it gets in my eyes. When I heard that Darabont (director of one of my favorite films ever, The Shawkshank Redemption) was directing a Stephen King adaptation, I had high hopes. When I finally got to see the movie, I was anything but disappointed. The ending is a bit heavy-handed, but it worked for me. The acting performance by Marcia Gay Harden, as the religious zealot, is stirring, to say the least, and enough to warrant the film a spot in this 30-day list. As a person who gets scared by the average, tiny bug, The Mist did an excellent job playing to my fears, and scared the hell out of me.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.