Stephen King's "The Mist"

Directed by Frank Darabont. One of my favorite King stories, and it looks like he nailed it. Couple acquaintences worked on it, and they have nothing but good things to say.

Awesome trailer here.

Awesome. Definitely my favorite King story.

That and Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut.

Sweet. I loved that story.

Not to invite spoilage, but aside from a couple of things specifically related to the protagonist and his son, wasn’t the overall resolution left pretty open? The plot seems very short storyish to me (which makes sense given its history).

Well, I guess a question like that would inevitably invite spoilage. But please, if you know the answer try to answer tactfully.

It’s left intentionally vague in the end, yes.

Also of note is the fact that Valve unofficially considers the events of Half-Life to be the source of the mist in the story.

The Wikipedia entry makes a similar (no citation) claim about Doom.

But…Doom takes place on Mars.

I rather liked the longest walk? I think that was the name of it at least.

That was an excellent story.

The Long Walk is actually Darabont’s next project after this.

Darabont = ticket sale.

I always assumed that The Mist was a direct influece on the Silent Hill series, too.

I’m not quite as enthused about Frank Darabont, who has directed and written some terrible, terrible shit in his time. Sure, The Shawshank Redemption is great and all, but The Majestic? Not so much. On the other hand, anybody who wrote the screenplay to Nightmare On Elm Street III: The Dream Warriors can’t be all bad.

You could make twenty shitty films in a row and you’d still be in ahead with Shawshank.

Man, read that story as a 12 year old back around '81 in some horror anthology. It’s obviously been awhile but it certainly had some memorable moments. …spiders. yikes.

I never read that particular King story, but judging from the trailer (which left out precious little I think) it seems another unfortunate attempt to meld cgi action with Stephen King horror. His pop horror seems to crash and burn with that brand of effect. I’m not just thinking of the Langoliers…Dreamcatcher…you know what I mean.

The only King horror that stands out as an excellent movie in its own right is The Shining, which owes at least half of that to Stanley Kubrick and his actors making their own mess of things. His material is dying for skilled directors that recast his stories in their own image, not true to book remakes pinned on b actors.

There’s a Dresden Files episode which is really similar to this story. I haven’t read the original King story,
but it looks like the Dresden writers ripped it off almost completely.

I don’t even remember if I’ve read the original story, but the audiobook of it was really good. I’m hoping the movie sticks close to the source material because this is a particularly dark story; it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the ending.

One of my favorite stories by him, although I wouldn’t exactly call it short. The first time I read it, as a teen, I was all ‘oooh monsters, cool’, but the second time through, I realized it was a lot less about the monsters and more about how people of varying beliefs (the flat-earthers) react to stress and situations with other people.

It’s been years since that second readthrough though, but I would have sworn the story did not have the protagonist bringing his son with him as the end of the first chapter I thought ended with ‘that was the last time I saw my wife and son ever again’.

The son is definitely with him and in fact is a very important part of the climax of the book.

I’ll second this. The audiobook was excellent, using positional sounds to indicate the creatures buzzing around your head and such. It was more of a radio play based on the book.

I’ve always thought Thomas Miller’s take on this was excellent.