Stephen King's 'The Mist' Will Be a Timely, Relevant Horror Show

Monday, 22 May 2017 - 9:51PM
Monday, 22 May 2017 - 9:51PM
Stephen King's 'The Mist' Will Be a Timely, Relevant Horror Show
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Everything we've seen about the upcoming show based on Stephen King's The Mist suggests it's going to be creepy more than a little blood soaked. But some new video featurettes from Spike suggest that it's shooting to be a relevant show as well - just a relevant show that includes supernatural fog and psychological/body horror.

That "psychological" aspect of the horror seems important, as the show will focus on how exactly the mist messes with people's minds, and how people can go crazy anyway trying to keep themselves safe from it. When the city is forced indoors after the mist rolls in, two groups of survivors form in a mall and a church, and cabin fever (and a lack of resources) quickly sets in. 



While the show will deal with real, concrete issues like sexual assault, The Mist is also shooting for some more abstract themes about how people become monsters themselves when they're afraid. And in today's social and political climates where fear seems to dominate the conversation, people should unfortunately find something familiar here if the show pulls it off.

Actor Dan Butler, who plays a priest named Father Romanov, speaks to the show's timeliness:

Opening quote
"I think it's just such a great metaphor for the world right now, everyone just gripping with fear and anger."
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As it happens, the concept of normal people becoming monsters is central to many works in Stephen King's giant library of novels and short stories, and while the Spike show will expand King's original short story into a ten episode series, they're keeping those themes as well. Showrunner Christian Torpe explains how his childhood love for King informs the new King-based series in this second video:



Morgan Spector, who plays "Kevin" in the show, sums up King's talents very nicely: 

Opening quote
"The reason that the monsters are scary is because you understand how they affect each of the different people that he creates. The fact that there's this sense that this world he's made is not really different from our world, but that world has terrifying monsters in it, it makes it all seem much more real and immediate."
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The Mist premieres June 22, 2017 on Spike.
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