Anyone seen Stephen King movie The Mist?

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    Jul 08, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
    ***Spoiler alert***

    I watched this on cable the other night and while I enjoyed it very much I was shocked by the bleak ending. I can't think of a recent mainstream Hollywood film that has such a finale. Does anyone know whether the director filmed a different ending?
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    Jul 08, 2009 6:44 AM GMT
    I liked it, I liked how it ended.. so many movies have to appeal to the masses and end in a certain way..

    You watch I am Legend? not a great movie and that end that was in the cinema.. ABSOLUTELY FREAKING SHIT!!!

    But the directors cut wasn't so bad.. it actually made me enjoy the movie a whole lot more..

    Yeah its shocking to do it that way but it was honest..

    mind you.. the actor, didn't scream well enough to make me believe it..

    He's hot mind you..

    I swear if I'm ever in that sort of situation.. I"m killing the bible thumping bitch and it'll be the first order of business
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    Jul 08, 2009 6:57 AM GMT
    Yes, that was shocking too, the way she was just dispensed with.
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    Jul 08, 2009 7:08 AM GMT
    redheadguy saidYes, that was shocking too, the way she was just dispensed with.

    as she should have been.. far far earlier.. although she had a great line in the bathroom icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jul 08, 2009 7:13 AM GMT
    I don't want to be stuck with you when the monsters come! Crikey! You'll blow my head off after one cross word.
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    Jul 08, 2009 7:16 AM GMT
    redheadguy saidI don't want to be stuck with you when the monsters come! Crikey! You'll blow my head off after one cross word.

    hehehe

    we'll we could go out back and you'd.... on second thoughts..

    na, its just the bible thumpers who take the stance that judgment has come and start rallying people against those who don't believe like they do..

    you blow there brains out and then feed'em to any monster that comes along..
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    Jul 08, 2009 1:19 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidI liked it, I liked how it ended.. so many movies have to appeal to the masses and end in a certain way..

    You watch I am Legend? not a great movie and that end that was in the cinema.. ABSOLUTELY FREAKING SHIT!!!

    But the directors cut wasn't so bad.. it actually made me enjoy the movie a whole lot more..

    Yeah its shocking to do it that way but it was honest..

    mind you.. the actor, didn't scream well enough to make me believe it..

    He's hot mind you..

    I swear if I'm ever in that sort of situation.. I"m killing the bible thumping bitch and it'll be the first order of business


    I believe that was the first time I actually clapped when someone died in a movie... than I felt stupid because I watched it alone lol
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    Jul 08, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    i loved it. It comes to show you the true animalistic nature of humans and how they prey on the weak to stay alive. And yes that crazy bitch with the bible would soo get it first. But i do think it was fucked up that he did his whole family in in the truck by the roadside and then the mist just disappeared when he starts walking and then he saw the truck pulled up with the soldiers.....and he committed murder. As a member of the legal world i often looked at how i would charge this individual. Like if i was defending him what would his excuse be?
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    Oh no....this sounding like a movie that has zero in common with the story...thanks for the tip guys. Sounds like a waste.

    In the story, they all leave, as the supermarket has been breached, so they caravan out of there, hoping somewhere is left where the Mist (creation of gov't/scientific experiment gone wrong) hasn't reached, and you never do find out what happens to them.

    -Doug
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    Jul 08, 2009 2:13 PM GMT
    redheadguy said***Spoiler alert***

    I watched this on cable the other night and while I enjoyed it very much I was shocked by the bleak ending. I can't think of a recent mainstream Hollywood film that has such a finale. Does anyone know whether the director filmed a different ending?


    It's been awhile since I've seen this movie, but I do seem to recall the option on the disc for alternate endings. I may be wrong though.
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    Jul 08, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
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    i dont like this movie
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    Jul 08, 2009 2:47 PM GMT
    that was an old movie, but sorry .. you are stuck with the end you got, not the one you want icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 08, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    my bf and i saw it in the theater when it came out because he likes horror movies. i was disappointed because frankly all the moralizing about "who is the real monster here?" took away from what could have been a classic b-movie monster/horror flick. it's a classic stephen king problem: setting up a great horror premise and then overreaching to make a bad moral dilemna movie. oh, stephen, when will you learn to do what you're good at and leave high art to those that can handle it.
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  • Rookz

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    Jul 08, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    It was an, um, interesting movie The Mist.

    I Am Legend was interesting, a bit overblown and dramaticed in certain parts. What's up with American Directors giving away so much of the plot and leaving little for the audience to piece themselves together.
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    Jul 08, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    redheadguy said***Spoiler alert***

    I watched this on cable the other night and while I enjoyed it very much I was shocked by the bleak ending. I can't think of a recent mainstream Hollywood film that has such a finale. Does anyone know whether the director filmed a different ending?


    The short story had a completely different ending that was much more upbeat. Frankly, I was kind of shocked that the director and screenwriter chose to take the story to such an utterly bleak and horrible conclusion.
  • Fiveldsp

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    Jul 08, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    Stephen King is known for his less than happy endings in both his books and movies. I liked the shock factor of this movie and the emptiness and helplessness that you felt when the screen faded to black.

    I like movies that go outside of the cookie cutter format of intro, buildup, climax, happy ending.
  • Aquanerd

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    Jul 08, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    I loved the movie and the ending; I had not read the source material. When i bought the DVD, there is a conversation with Stephen King; he loved the ending the Frank Darabont created. Personally I think it maintained the feel that the movie had through out.

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    Jul 08, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
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    Oh no....this sounding like a movie that has zero in common with the story...thanks for the tip guys. Sounds like a waste.

    In the story, they all leave, as the supermarket has been breached, so they caravan out of there, hoping somewhere is left where the Mist (creation of gov't/scientific experiment gone wrong) hasn't reached, and you never do find out what happens to them.

    -Doug


    The DVD extras talk about the ending and how the director felt just having them driving off not knowing what happens didn't have any closure (which was the aim for the short story). He got the ending approved by Stephen King so apparently he liked it. I love it because it was a total shock the first time I saw it. Though some things were different, it is adapting a short story into a feature length film, so I was ok with that in this case. I wish they had Thomas Jane (drool) walk from the car for a bit because it all seemed too quick in the end. Walking through the mist looking for a monster would have added some great suspense until one comes at him - a tank. Great cast in this movie, too.
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    Jul 08, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Oh no....this sounding like a movie that has zero in common with the story...thanks for the tip guys. Sounds like a waste.


    Ah, the generations. I agree with you.

    However, consider that to many younger guys horror (even Halloween horror) is more direct....chainsaws, bludgeonings, beheadings and gore. To some of us, a smidgen of that interspersed with suspense, slight of hand, leaving something to the imagination is far more deft.

    The choice for the screenwriter and the director, regardless of what Stephen King agreed to, is not between mayhem and a sugar-coated "we are victorious" ending. There is a middle ground that could have been much more subtle.

    However, that would have taken, IMHO, too much thought. What they chose to do was expedient. It was as bad as a sugar coated ending, except depressingly awful.
  • vindog

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    Jul 08, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    I loved the novella as a kid, it was always one of my favorites. There was talk for years about it becoming a movie, so I was looking forward to it coming out (especially when Tom Jane would be starring in it).

    I thought the special effects were pretty bad, but still liked the chase/monster/:whats that noise in the mist?" scenes. Going into the drugstore was really fun as well.

    The ending of the short story never sat well with me, and so I was actually quite proud of the director's/screenwriter's decision to end with a non-mainstream dark ending.


    I give it a 7/10 overall....pretty high for a Stephen King work adaptation.
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    Jul 08, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    Honestly I loved the irony of the ending. I dunno what Americans have against a movie that doesn't have a happy-go-lucky ending.
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    Jul 08, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    GREAT movie, the ending could be compared to FINALLY being able to pee after holding it in throughout a three-hour long lecture.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 08, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    I loved that movie too
    and it was one of my best of's for the year

    The ending gave it even more punch if you ask me

    Stephen King never really finished this when he wrote it
    He started out wanting to write a Novel
    but he said he didn't know where to go with it at the end so when the 4 of them go off and leave the supermarket
    He just ended it there if you read the novella

    Just as an aside ... the actor who plays the Dad in the Mist is the Main Character in the new HBO series HUNG icon_cool.gif

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  • dannyboy1101

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    Jul 08, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    GQjock saidI loved that movie too
    and it was one of my best of's for the year

    The ending gave it even more punch if you ask me

    Stephen King never really finished this when he wrote it
    He started out wanting to write a Novel
    but he said he didn't know where to go with it at the end so when the 4 of them go off and leave the supermarket
    He just ended it there if you read the novella

    Just as an aside ... the actor who plays the Dad in the Mist is the Main Character in the new HBO series HUNG icon_cool.gif

    thomasjane-3.jpg


    HUNG eh? I bet he is!
  • creature

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    Jul 09, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    I didn't care for the movie until the end. It really got to me. But I don't think I would bother to see it again.

    Kinda like that other King adaptation, 1408.