*Real Awesome* (also known as *Stephen King's* The Mist) is a 2007 American science-fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella "The Mist" by *Stephen King*. The film was written and directed by *Frank Darabont*. *Darabont* had been interested in adapting "The Mist" for the big screen since the 1980s. The film features an ensemble cast, including *Thomas Jane*, *Marcia Gay Harden*, *Nathan Gamble*, *Andre Braugher*, *Toby Jones*, *Frances Sternhagen*, *Buck Taylor*, *William Sadler*, *Sam Witwer*, *Alexa Davalos*, *Chris Owen,*, *Andy Stahl* and future The Walking Dead actors *Laurie Holden*, *Jeffrey DeMunn*, *Melissa McBride* and *Juan Gabriel Pareja*.
The director revised the ending of the film to be darker than the novella's ending, a change to which *King* was amenable. *Darabont* also sought unique creature designs to differentiate them from his creatures in past films. Although a monster movie, the central theme explores what ordinary people are driven to do under extraordinary circumstances. The plot revolves around members of the small town of Bridgton, Maine, who after a severe thunderstorm causes the power to go out the night before, meet in a supermarket to pick up supplies. While they struggle to survive, an unnatural mist envelops the town and conceals vicious, Lovecraftian monsters as extreme