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    I've been a looooong time fan of Mr King, and I think this may have been one of the best adaptations of his books to screen.
    The whole movie was so true to the written story, and that's got to be difficult to cover in such a surreal invasion of our world, with no in-depth investigation of why it happens. We hear a character talk of a rumour of army experiments, but other than that, we're expected to just deal with the situation.
    Sure, it's a horror story, but as usual, it's King's handling of people's relationships, especially under torment, that binds the horror together into something more.
    Some of the more "emotional" novels have crossed brilliantly into film (Green Mile, Shawshank, Hearts etc), but some of the "scarier" ones can really lose their feel if not handled properly. Pet Semetary, Misery and Cujo were all great adaptations, but some others have crashed and burned for me.
    The second that I saw the painting of Roland in the house in one of the first scenes in The Mist, I knew we were in for a good one. How much did Stephen King have to do with the direction of The Mist, does anyone know? I think I remember an extra segment on the DVD- with him and the director chatting about the film?
    The Mist movie ending was really risky but worked perfectly for me. Nice twist on a book that was pretty much open ended from memory (it's been a while), and it kept the sombre feel of the whole story. Thoughts?

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    Steve approved the script which director, Frank Darabont, had written and then trusted Frank to bring it to the screen so was mostly hands off for the day-to-day aspects of the production. He has said that he wished he had thought of the ending that Frank came up with for the film but he knew that many fans would react negatively to it and that they were taking a huge risk with that change.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moderator View Post
    He has said that he wished he had thought of the ending that Frank came up with for the film but he knew that many fans would react negatively to it and that they were taking a huge risk with that change.
    I am one of those fans I'm afraid. I preferred the slightly more optimist open-ending of the book over the complete pointless and to my opinion tacky ending of the movie. But of course, it's just an opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by michal View Post
    I am one of those fans I'm afraid. I preferred the slightly more optimist open-ending of the book over the complete pointless and to my opinion tacky ending of the movie. But of course, it's just an opinion
    Me too. I'm one of those "half glass full" people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michal View Post
    I am one of those fans I'm afraid. I preferred the slightly more optimist open-ending of the book over the complete pointless and to my opinion tacky ending of the movie. But of course, it's just an opinion
    I think that the ending of the movie was a very realistic take on what someone in such a situation might do. It was heartbreaking, but I thought it worked. The books ending is great too. Just my two cents, and maybe a penny thrown in for good measure.

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    I loved the movie too. I've never been satisfied with the scary novels as movies. The Stand never was a scary novel for me and I liked the miniseries for telling the story even though it was just okay. The Mist, a short story/novella, ended up being very strong as a scary movie. I loved the ending. I want to write an opera based on the novel with that ending.

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    What I like specifically about the movie ending is that David thought he had plumbed the darkest depths of horror and was finally ready to face whatever came out of the mist for him.

    But he was wrong, wasn't he?

    I can well believe that Mr. King wished he had thought of that.

    It was perfect.

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    I'm torn. I loved the novella's open endedness, but I'm sure if I'd seen the movie 1st, I'd have been happy with it. I am glad King approved, I was wondering about that!

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    I saw the movie when it first came out and was really disturbed by the ending. I found that I was still thinking about it days later. I just recently finished the novella and was much more satisfied by the ending as it was written. I like the open ending because it left me free to use my imagination to end the story how ever I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlee View Post
    I saw the movie when it first came out and was really disturbed by the ending. I found that I was still thinking about it days later. .
    I loved it but it really got to me. I'm amazed at how many movies/books haunt me now that I'm a mom. I can't imagine being put in that position to choose to do something so horrible, thinking it's the best for all involved.

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