1. Great film, and one that really shows Stephen King can come up with good ideas. The novella is terrific too.

    I have very high hopes for Darabont’s version of King’s “The Mist,” one of the scariest things I’ve EVER read.

  2. King’s short stories usually work out much better on film than his novels.

    McGee, I thought The Mist was one of his scarier stories until I read it again as an adult. Not quite as good as I remembered it (I must have read it in eighth grade originally).

  3. The Mist was more novella than short story, but I haven’t read it in years. I remember it being insanely tense, only because NOTHING is really seen. Sure, you get some of the creatures and all….but other than that, all you have is the pulsating mist against the grocery store windows.

  4. This is a great movie. And I’m utterly stunned that it came from a Stephen King novel.

    I fucking hate Stephen King… I read a bunch of his stuff when I was a kid. It’s mostly just banal pulp fiction (although he has a special talent for describing things from childrens’ perspectives). One day, I bought a collection of short stories, without realizing it. I thought it was a novel. So when the first story ended, I was pretty upset — because that wasn’t a story; it was just the beginning of a story. I mean, a great, interesting, and very promising story — but he just ended it in mid-air.

    I thought, these aren’t short stories. They are just novels that he gave up on. I still think that’s the case with a lot of his short stories… Like the Langoliers. There’s a whole bunch of mysterious stuff happening, but no resolution or explanation. Like Twin Peaks, or Lost.

    The Green Mile was pretty good (if you can ignore the idiotic, racist depiction of MC Duncan’s “Magical Indian” character), until Duncan’s character had magical faerie pixie-dust flow from his hands — at which point I just slapped my forehead, realizing that this was another damn King adaptation.

    Anyone ever seen Hearts In Atlantis, with Anthony Hopkins? This is a fantastic flick…

    (spoiler alert)

    But it is good, because the filmmaker “fixed” the story: the “low men” were wacky space aliens in the book, whereas in the movie, they were government agents, looking into paranormal abilities — thus changing the story from a childish, dime-a-dozen, supernatural sci-fi plot, to something much more realistic.

    That’s the thing about King — interesting, but unoriginal stories, spiced up with space aliens and ghost and crap like that… It takes a true talent to create a good story out of it — like Kubrick… I mean, have you seen the TV version of The Shining? King didn’t like Kubrick’s efforts, so he worked on this thing, and he was happy with it… See both versions, and you can see exactly how much of a moron the guy really is…

  5. I’ve only read a couple of King novels, and that was a long time ago, but my impression was that he was a decent character writer who’d found that writing trash paid better. So you end up with sensational shit but good characterization…

    Shawshank’s a good movie – badly overrated in some quarters, but still good.

  6. I can never decide about King. I love Misery and the Green Mile, I thought Christine was OK and ditto The Stand until it stalled. Everything else I place beneath contempt, with the rest of the horror genre. Just not my bag 🙂

    The whole Richard Bachman saga I found interesting though… and more telling about him than any of his books.

    Eel: You gave up on Lost before or during the first half of this season then? We’ve just recently arrived at the payout point for answers, and they’re making good without copping out. Funnily enough, Percy Whitmore just turned up in it last week too 😉

  7. Hi, i’m an italian reader of this blog. I take this post as a starting point to ask you, american readers, which is the thing that makes shawshank redemption the best voted movie on imdb.com with 9.1/10

    It’s something that we cannot explain; me and my flicks addicted friends just can’t figure out why what appears to be just a prison movie like others has such a big influence on the american movie watcher.

    I do believe it’s something connected with your historical and cultural background, but can anyone of you explain the big success this movie has?

    For example, remaining in the prison related movies, in Italy “Escape from Alcatraz (1979)” influenced viewers much more.

    Thanks in advance for your answers

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