The Mist: It won’t get f****d up?

Ladies and Gentlemen, it looks like they’re actually not going to hose this story up.

Visiting Artilleryman, take note…

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  1. Mike

     /  November 12, 2007

    Hmmm, that appears to have potential. However, it must overcome the two rules of Steven King Movies first.

    Rule one: Steven King movies are awesome when dealing with anything other than horror.

    Rule two: If it is about horror, it will suck.

  2. happycrow

     /  November 13, 2007

    That’s what I’ve typically encountered… we’ll have to see. The director says he wants to scare people, so… maybe THIS time.

  3. Alex

     /  November 13, 2007

    This one brings back some interesting memories. The first time I read this Stephen King story was sometime in 8th or 9th grade. I read it right before my scout troop went to a local jamboree at Langley AFB, which is right on the water. The first morning of the event the entire area was deeply shrouded in mist – the super thick stuff just like in the story. It didn’t help matters that I had just read this story and so had all my close friends too. Sweet Jesus we were freaked out that morning since the mist and fog didn’t burn off until about noon.
    So I have hope that this story will scare the bejesus out of me – but yes, so far every Stephen King story that deals with horror has a strong tendency to suck the first time it is made into a movie.

  4. Zathras

     /  November 13, 2007

    I wonder why Stephen King movies have followed this pattern. The only exceptions are on the horror side with The Shining and Carrie. All of the non-horror ones have been really good (except perhaps Dolores Clairborne). The 2 which are hard to categorize, the Stand and the Dead Zone, were produced for TV/film okay, not great, not bad.

    I’d be really curious what a good director could do with King’s Dark Tower series.

  5. I’m not sure ’bout that: Needful Things had lots of useless crap in the text version (Shuggoths, for god’s sake) that were rightly expunged in the movie.

    My only problem is that so many of his endings are open ended; I generally enjoy open-ended sci-fi but prefer closed endings in horror.

  6. Mike

     /  November 13, 2007

    Opened ends are the thing in every horror movie these days. I personally like a nice ending with an explanation point on them (i.e. Dracula has a stake through the heart, the Wolfman was shot in the heart with a silver bullet). But now you have to have the setup for a sequel or the final shock to the audience.

    Good point about the two exceptions for Stephen King. It seems that the rise of CGI/special effects is determental to a decent plot. His good movies were back before you had lots of effects and therefor had to focus on the plot and characters.

  7. happycrow

     /  November 13, 2007

    Not to mention that his earlier writing was much better, back when people dared to edit him.

  8. Dude, he’s edited now. Those omnibus back-breakers are what’s left after editing. He made a decision a while ago that if you don’t like the story you should stop reading, otherwise, he’ll do what he can to provide plenty of it (he was asked this in an interview a little over a year ago).

  9. blackpine

     /  November 13, 2007

    I would say that a Stephen King story only sucks when the director changes nothing.

  10. Mike

     /  November 14, 2007

    Hey Blackpine, quick message for you (off topic). Don and Ronda were asking about you a bit ago. Drop ’em a line if you can.


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