While not quite as famous and beloved as novels like IT, The Shining, and The Stand, Stephen King’s apocalyptic novella The Mist is widely cited as one of the famously wordy horror master’s better works of short(er) fiction.
A tale of what happens in a small Maine town after the arrival of a mysterious mist brings with it Lovecraftian creatures quite possibly hailing from another dimension, The Mist was first published in the anthology Dark Forces in 1980, before becoming the longest entry in King’s 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.
The Mist was of course adapted for theaters in 2007 by noted King fan Frank Darabont, director of fellow classic King films like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
While Darabont’s altered ending caused controversy among fans – although it should be mentioned that King loved it – the film overall remains one of the more highly praised King adaptations in recent memory.
Thus, Spike TV is soon to take on a tall task by attempting to adapt The Mist as a TV series, especially since the first trailer for the program made it clear that producers were majorly diverging from the original plot. Spike has now released a second trailer for The Mist series, which premieres on Thursday June 22nd.
While the tentacled beasties that populated King’s story are sadly still M.I.A., this new trailer does offer a better look at the still clearly supernatural and quite bloody horrors that the small-screen victims of The Mist will soon have to endure. Check it out in full below.
While it’s definitely disappointing that the kickass monsters found in both King’s prose and Darabont’s film seemingly won’t play a part in Spike’s version of The Mist, the series itself still looks fairly intriguing on its own merits.
My recommendation to the iHorror faithful that are hesitant to watch – and my personal plan – is to at least check out the first episode, and see what the show brings to the table. If you find that you miss the monsters too much, you can always stop watching.