the novels of Stephen King they are potentially suitable material for film adaptations. We have seen them in all colors: Carrie, It (That), The Dark Tower, Christine, The Shining… or The Mist, originally known as The Mist.
Be careful, because it should not be confused with the film of the same name directed by John Carpenter in 1982. The Fog by Stephen King was published in 1980 as part of the Dark Forces anthology.
Stephen King is an honest guy. He is the king of terror, but he speaks without mincing words, and is not shy about acknowledging whether an adaptation is superior to the novel he wrote himself. In fact, there is a clear example that explains it.
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sure you remember The Mist (2007), directed by Frank Darabont and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It was the third adaptation of a King book for the French director, after The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
It was not a round film (especially in the technical section), but its successful atmosphere and good performances elevated it to the best of the horror genre in the 2000s.
If there’s one thing that’s remembered about The Fog, it’s its nasty, gritty ending. It not only turned out to be a blow for the characters, but also a bitter surprise for the viewer. It is, without a doubt, one of the best endings of recent times.
Y Stephen King He has no problem recognizing it. Moreover, he acknowledges on more than one occasion that It’s a better ending than his novel. He himself contributed to the filming.
This is the law that King wanted to promote when seeing the outcome of The Fog:
“A law should have been passed stating that anyone who reveals the last 5 minutes of this film must be hung by the neck to death.”
And, certainly, it is not for less. The end of the mist is a break with the established order, a harsh reminder that goes against the rules of narration. The heroes also suffer, and sometimes more than the villains or neutral characters.
Apparently, Darabont and King met to discuss the ending of the film. The director wanted an anti-Hollywood ending and for him to have enough of a personality, to which the author replied, “Go ahead and do it.”
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The end result was to the liking of the director, King himself and the public. It is not an end that one wants to witness, but it was brave and showed a reality that is unusual in the seventh art.
If you have already seen The Fog by Stephen King, you will already know its cruel outcome. If not, we encourage you to watch the film released in 2007, which is available in the HBO Max catalog. It is certainly one of the best horror movies a server has ever seen.