Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Secret Window, Secret Ending

I ran into a copy of "Four Past Midnight," the anthology by Stephen King that contained "Secret Window, Secret Garden" which inspired the movie of the shorter name. I just had to flip through it to find the answer to something that's been bugging me since I saw it: was that the original ending?

Answer: No. In the short story, the "hero" is indeed John Shooter, the product of his deranged imagination. But in the original ending, he is killed and his wife is the one who figures out and explains the twisted origin of Shooter. Which leads me to the question, why the heck did they change it? I had a huge problem with turning the hero into a villain who gets away with a grisly and unnecessary murder. They even seemed to be apologizing for it by establishing that he didn't get away with it, that the sheriff and everyone in town knows he's done it. So why not just leave it the way it was? And what was the obsession with corn from?

Screenwriters...they just can't leave well-enough alone.


Monkey Migraine said...

Dear Sir,

I hate it when screenwriters change the original source material.

That guy who wrote the scripts for "Cool Runnings" and "A Beautiful Mind"

Mauricem said...

You can add "Catch me if you can" to that list. Turns out the story was a complete fabrication.
I guess they thought the ending would be too predictable the old way. I dunno, it's something different.

Monkey Migraine said...

I agree, the ending was certainly a surprise and fit the horror theme. I guess I'm more surprised that King didn't think of it. It felt totally like Stephen King, more so than King himself. Weird.