31 Days of Horror Movies: The Mist Comments - Mania.com



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jedibanner 10/24/2013 5:01:07 AM

Loved the ending of this movie and it was a great movie overall.

ElBaz13 10/24/2013 5:41:34 AM

Great movie until the ending ruined it. Even Stephen King didn't have that in the book.

Zarathud 10/24/2013 6:26:01 AM

The ending of the film was powerful, but I did prefer the ending of the book better.

VermithraxPejorative 10/24/2013 8:49:49 AM

I liked this movie, and really thought the ending was amazing, powerful, and intense. I never read the book, so what ending did King have?

blankczech 10/24/2013 9:34:52 AM

 I also liked this movie and thought the ending was great.  I've read lots of Stephen King but none of his short stories...so I have no idea how he ended this tale.

mellowdoux 10/24/2013 10:11:49 AM

 The ending ruined it...

Err... no.
 

RobertTrate 10/24/2013 2:26:11 PM

 Saw again recently at a theatre and in black and white... though I hated the ending the first time... the second I understood what Darabount was doing. 

dalgoda 10/24/2013 8:43:51 PM

Darabont did three great King adaptations (this, Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption).  The ending is a kick in the nuts but didn't detract from the movie IMO.  

King ended it with the group hearing a static-y "Hartford" over the radio and hoping to make it there.

 

fft5305 10/28/2013 1:22:47 PM

King himself has stated that he prefers Darabont's ending to his own. I haven't read the original story, so I can't say which I prefer, but the movie ending was incredible.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Frank Darabont should be the only person allowed by law to adapt a Stephen King story.

karas1 10/30/2013 6:29:58 PM

Spoilers

 

King stated that he prefers Darbont's ending, but apparently I interpreted his ending differently than he did.  As per King, they heard "Hartford" and headed towards Hartford where a human community still survived.  It was hopeful.

I had thought that the "Hartford" they heard was some sort of prerecorded message and they would arrive in Hartford to find it just as full of mist and monsters as Maine was.  The whole Earth had been precipitated into another dimension by the Army's experiment and all the life that had inhabited the earth, including humans, was doomed.

While the ending of the movie included Drayton killing all of the survivors with him, including his young son, with a gun but as he ran out of bullets he couldn't kill himself and therefore saw the Mist roll back and the Army arrive to save them.  Too late for everybody but him.  Very dark.  But it did imply that humanity saved the earth and pushed back the monsters.  More upbeat than the ending I had gotten from the book.

The book gave me nightmares (when I read it back in college in the '80s).  I hadn't had the courage to see the movie until quite reciently.  It was very faithful to the book until the ending.  All three endings (the movie, the end to the story that King imagined and the one that I imagined) are legitimate.  I guess it's a matter of taste.

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