Lots of movies now-a-days are based on novels, comic books, poems, board games and probably even scribblings on bathroom stall walls. It seems there is a drought of original ideas in Hollywood, so they tend to make movies based on really awesome books. Unfortunately, they often change so much that it become unrecognizable when compared to its source material.
5. The Mist
The Mist is a 2007 horror film based on a Stephen King novella of the same name. Both mediums share the same basic plot: A ragtag group of people become trapped in a supermarket as a mysterious mist filled with CGI monsters descends upon the town. Well the CGI monsters are obviously absent from the King story, replaced with words.
The movie and the book have a lot in common, but there are also some minor differences. The movie adds a few characters and clearly spells out where the titular mist comes from, while the King story keeps the origins of the mist a bit more ambiguous, because, you know, people who watch movies are dumb I guess.
The biggest difference between the movie and its source material, though, is the ending. King’s ending actually contains shreds of optimism. A few of the characters decide to drive into the mist hoping to find where it ends. The protagonist kisses his child and says something about hope at the end.
The movie takes all that optimism and uses it as toilet paper. In the movie, the car runs out of gas and the protagonist shoots his child and his two companions dead so they do not have to suffer through being torn apart by digitally rendered monsters. After he commits the dark deed, the mist clears and the military swoops in for the rescue. I was depressed for days after seeing this one.