'The Mist' Trailer Gives a Closer Look at the Monsters Hiding Out There

Monday, 05 June 2017 - 7:45PM
Monday, 05 June 2017 - 7:45PM
'The Mist' Trailer Gives a Closer Look at the Monsters Hiding Out There
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Since the upcoming Spike adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist is branching out from both the original novella and Frank Darabont's 2007 movie, there's no telling exactly what's in the mist this time. But something is clearly "out there," as the new trailer shows.

Like both the movie and the King story, the new show involves the residents of a small town trapping themselves indoors when a creepy mist rolls into the streets, and people start dying when they venture outside. There's no pattern to the deaths that we can see, which include such brutal ends as a death by leeches, or by bugs flying out of your mouth, etc. A press release referred to the trailer as "jaw dropping," and if you're worried about that having a double meaning, it most certainly does:

While the trailer shows plenty of people losing their minds, the closest it comes to revealing an actual monster comes at the end, when the young Alex (who's apparently immune to the Mist) runs into some sort of Lost-like smoke monster. It makes enough sense that it too would be made of mist, not that this explains any of the other grisly deaths on display here. At one point, it seemed like we could see another monster crash through a car windshield, but on second viewing, that appears to be just a moose.

So the trailer still explains very little, which is good - trailers shouldn't give away that much, and the show will have ten episodes to explain what's going on. Some previous material also promised the show would be relevant and focus on current issues involving mass panic, but there wasn't too much of that on display here. The Mist likely will include both social criticism and horrible deaths, but this trailer is mostly about the horrible deaths.

Here's the official synopsis from Spike:

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 The story centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime.  As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other.  Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.
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The Mist premieres June 22, 2017 on Spike.
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