mum and dad
So, after months of seeing it advertised but never knowing when it would be showing over here in the UK or if I had actually missed it all, I got round to binge watching The Mist TV series... Drum roll please, and I liked it. 'After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.' Normally I am not a fan of TV series based on books or films, such as The Exorcist, but I was pleasantly surprised by this.
Now, the big question here is, did I prefer it to the film, The Mist? Well no, if I am being honest, I preferred the film, but not by much. The TV show did have some good ideas though, like some very clever ideas... but before I go, I have to own up... I have never read the book of The Mist! So, when I say, "oh, I like such and such idea in the tv series", I could well be talking about something that was in the book and I would not know, so if there any people reading this who have read it, please forgive me, I plan to read it, sometime... I am not that much of a reader though so it might take me a fair while. Carrying on with the actual series though...
The Mist is a good TV series and I do like some of the changes from the film, such as the mist itself. The TV series mist seems to have its own thoughts, and plays with people and their fears. In the film, you go out and you get attacked by some horrible bug like creature, while in the TV show, you go out and something that you are scared of will attack you - most might have massive spiders, or bad eyebrows... And I liked that idea, that it's like hunting you, you won't step out into it straight away and get eaten, you could be out in it for hours seeing all sorts and not knowing what is real or not. That's terrifying. But, and there is a but, saying that, I think I prefer the film mist, I just kind of missed the creepy creatures to be fair... I like both though, I wouldn't want to be out in either, let's say that, both were creepy enough to say that.
Another thing I have to say about the series, is that it did seem to go on for a bit too long, me and my dad, who I watched it with, both said we lost concentration a few times, and then would gain it again, only to lose it again. We just felt it went on for a bit too long, either the series could have had less episodes or shorter episodes. I am not sure what they could have taken out as it all seemed to sit together quite well, I was more interested in some stories more than others, but I still feel none were not needed at all. Just maybe less episodes could have worked.
I liked this series, I wanted to like it and I did, I was pleasantly surprised being from my relationships with horror tv shows... I will be watching the next series, if it doesn't get cancelled that is..., as it did leave it on a very good cliffhanger I must say. I hated some of the characters though, hateeeeeeeeed, and really wished them dead, and I feel that shows something good about the show, that I was that interested I cared.
I have to admit, I am intrigued by what the next series could bring, and I might even have to read the book. I prefer the film, but this is good enough to keep watching. It's on Netflix, so give it a go!
Whoaaaaaa, look at me! Yet another review is up, and unlike the last one for It Comes At Night which I could have done without - this is a gem! 'In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.' Compared to It Comes At Night, this is like Citizen Kane to me, (even though I really really hate that film, it is considered to be one of the best...), and compared to the horrors I have watched this week, The Belko Experiment has hands down been the best.
The Belko Experiment is a pretty damn original idea, and one that I really really liked. I love cat and mouse type stories and games, love a good game in a film - and this is pretty much an hour and a half of cat and mouse and games. Not only do you have the voice of 'God', telling them that people have to die or else even more will die, but you also have the people working there going into fight or flight.. Eighty people going into fight or flight!! Eighty!!
People start trying to save themselves, and after being told if 30 people don't die, 60 people will die, all hell breaks lose and you start seeing the thought processes and actions of humans in fear. Putting people into categories and against the walls are just the start... It's tense, damn tense, not only are you worrying about the characters but you're also worrying about what would happen if this actually happened in real life, I mean, if this actually did happen... Lord take the wheel if it did, I would try my best at being some MMA fighter and Imma fighting!
The Belko Experiment creates some pretty creepy thoughts to be fair, especially with recent changes in technology, being how much cameras and cameras on phones are used nowadays, people could be watching at any given moment, and if people go outside, you are probably on CCTV. That is not the creepiest thing though, I really don't mind CCTV, the creepiest thing is the tabs that are put in peoples heads at Belko! People just allowed their work to put tabs in their heads, no questions asked, and recently, this has happened in real life - not in the head though, in hands. But still, it's scary and I wouldn't do it myself...
As you can see by the list in which this review is placed, I did not watch this alone, I watched it with my lovely parents. Does anyone else find it so hard to actually watch a film with parents, like to get them both to sit down and watch an actual film, and not TV that needs to be caught up on? I need a segment of the day when I can just sit and watch any horror film, that's what I need.
Getting back to the parents, they both really enjoyed this, I have to admit, it didn't stress mum out as much as say a zombie film would, but it still stressed her out a fair bit. Not only with the lock in of the building, and the 'voice', but people turning on each other - it is a pretty stressful time.
Dad enjoyed it as it kind of mixed a thriller type horror but with some really good comedic moments, which I approved of too, must I add. He also did that dad thing, ("that dad thing", such a good discription there, Meg..), where the gore is kind of over the top, where he watches it and laughs - that means it was just right. So bravo there, the parents approve of my choice of this film.
Actually, one thing I haven't mentioned, shockingly, is the gore - which is two thumbs up by the way. There are exploding heads to start with, and throughout, guns are used and a fair bit of bashing in heads - all great in my eyes, and they don't cut away from it either. That is one thing I am not a fan of, cutting away from the good parts. Gosh, I sound so weird... I swear I am not a serial killer...
The Belko Experiment is a little gem of a movie. It's kind of original in terms of a story, but it feels original, and mixes horror and comedy really well. Not only that, but the music is great. I know that is a really out of nowhere comment, but there are a fair few brilliant versions of well known songs throughout this whole film, that shouldn't work but really do.
It's just a good movie, more than good actually, I would happily watch it again soon, and recommend it to random people who ask as well as people that I do actually know. A-okay of a fan.
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