loved both movie and story. the ending of the movie was horrific and felt true to King's technique. i believe that people who don't read books and only watch movies would have felt cheated if Frank Darabont used the story's ending. people mostly want closure to movies, whereas people who read more are happy to accept an open-ended ending---it keeps the story alive (kinda like the movie Inception).
One other point -- Frank Darabont, the director, has had a long association with Stephen King's work. He directed The Mist, Shawshank, Green Mile, and wrote an adaptaton (that I'd love to see) of "The Woman in the Room" way back in 1983. I'd figure he's got carte blanche after his track record of both commercial success and respect for the source material.
In the movie, Marcia Gay Harding (sp) was excellent as Mrs.Carmody. She played the part very well turning people's fear to the point that they were willing to murder and even sacrifice a young innocent child to save their own lives.
I don't like the way the movie ended. I would found some type of building and run for it OR just stay in the car and wait....They cannot get it in and as long as you are alive there is hope.....
I haven't read the novella, but the movie was really good. It gives me all the more incentive to read the novella. I'll eventually get to it.
I read the story first. Much likey.
Saw the movie eventually...fine enough...but hated the ending.
I kept thinking about that crappy ending. Man, I hate that sucky ending. WTF is this, a horror movie?
After therapy, several soiled straightjackets, and a lot of Thorazine, I realized that the movie's last tidbit was a rare Hollywood pinnacle.
There's no happy "Forrest Gump" feather blowing in the breeze.
Loved the ending to the film... loved the book ending as well but with a movie, they changed the ending perfectly that brought it into terror levels of the human soul. That's what I read for and sometimes I get it and sometimes I don't.
I share your thoughts on the translation from book to screen, Some good, some not so good. I was at a book signing that Stephen did in Vermont, and if I'm not mistaken he spoke on this very topic, specifically "The Mist". I think Ms. Mod prety much sums up what he had to say about giving The Mist over to Hollywood. For the record I also liked the book ending better. and if anyone who reads this was at that UTD signing, give me a shout, and let me know that I'm not crazy