It's a good year to be a Stephen King fan; three major adaptations of the author's works will be hitting the big and small screen in 2017. Both The Dark Tower and IT have drawn massive amounts of hype, with audiences barely able to wait until they're released in cinemas. And for television horror fans, Spike will premiere The Mist, based on one of King's short stories. The story was first adapted into a film by Frank Darabont in 2007; this marks the second attempt at bringing the story to life onscreen.
To hype up next month's premiere, Spike has released a new trailer titled aptly titled 'Destruction', which showcases the horrors awaiting both characters and viewers. With a slow build of suspense, the trailer soon erupts into nonstop terror and violence; there are no punches pulled here. While an argument could be made for it being a little too gory for a teaser, it also is a fairly brutal statement about the show itself: expect a gory, thrill-ridden series filled with death, doom, and everything else we've come to expect from a post-apocalyptic series.
What is most interesting about this teaser is that it establishes a frightening tone without giving away too much of the plot. The original story, as well as the Darabont adaptation, centered on a group of people trapped in a supermarket as the mysterious mist rolled into town. While there are glimpses of what look like a supermarket at times in the teaser, there are a variety of settings and characters shown. This does a good job of signaling to fans that this is a different take on King's mythos.
This is a smart move on the part of the showrunners. There's only so much material that can be made of a group trapped in a supermarket, but plenty of material focusing on different groups scattered throughout the town. This gives the series more to work with, as well as the ability to introduce a variety of new characters instead of the archetypes in the original story. It also provides new scares for audiences, as evidenced by the trailer. This show looks to shake up the blueprint left by the story, which means that anyone can die and the audience will be even more on edge.
Overall, this is an atmospheric and chilling teaser, and it promises a frightening series. Spike could be making a serious foray into original scripted programming with this series. It will be interesting to see if this is superior to Darabont's chilling yet divisive film, or if it will be forgotten amidst the King hype being built around the silver screen.
The Mist premieres on June 22 on Spike. Screen Rant will keep you updated about the series.