While not quite as famous as Stephen King classics like The Shining, The Stand, or IT, The Mist is still quite the beloved story. Serving as the lead tale in King’s collection Skeleton Crew, The Mist looks at what happens to a town when the titular substance mysteriously rolls in one morning and blankets everything in sight.
Of course, it’s not the mist itself that’s to be feared in King’s novella, it’s the Lovecraftian monsters that lurk within it. These creatures were lovingly realized in Frank Darabont’s well-regarded 2007 movie adaptation, despite the quality of the CGI rendering them coming up short from time to time.
When it was first announced that Spike TV had ordered a TV series based on The Mist, it never even occurred to fans that there wouldn’t be monsters in the mist, waiting to prey on unsuspecting victims. After all, aren’t the tentacled horrors part of the very essence of the story?
One would think so, which is why it shocked many when the first trailer for The Mist TV series debuted, and featured no monsters at all. Even worse – the eyes of many – was the implication that the mist would instead torture townsfolk psychologically, by showing them horrible things or causing them to go insane.
Sadly, further trailers have done nothing to dispel that notion, and thanks to a recent chat that Mist showrunner Christian Torpe had with Arrow in the Head, it looks like the lack of monsters in the mist has been officially confirmed. Here’s what he had to say:
“I don’t want to reveal too much about what we see in there. What I can say is, it is more a show about how people react to what they see than what is actually there. It becomes boring if you know everything that’s in the show, so we were mindful of not going full-blown monster show like the movie did. I still hope we will deliver to the hardcore genre fans.”
To be fair, Torpe doesn’t 100% guarantee that there won’t ever be monsters. Still, the implication is pretty clear: sorry Mist fans, hope you weren’t expecting more spiders with human skull faces, because you probably won’t see any here.
With the level of fan outcry about the lack of monsters, Torpe could have easily squashed that here if it wasn’t the case, but didn’t. That speaks volumes.
Could a Mist TV show without monsters still end up being good? Possibly. That said, the enthusiasm for it among both King’s constant readers and fans of Darabont’s creature-filled film is unlikely to rise.