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Don’t Expect Much Monster Action from “The Mist”

When the trailer for Spike’s upcoming series “The Mist” debuted two months ago, we couldn’t help but note that there wasn’t a single monster on display in it. We were wondering if the monsters were being kept out of the marketing so as to preserve the mystery of what exactly they look like in this iteration of Stephen King’s novella – or is it that there just aren’t any monsters in it at all?

Arrow in the Head had a chance to chat with showrunner Christian Torpe, and they got him to spill the beans. In short, don’t expect a full-on monster mash.

I don’t want to reveal too much about what we see in there,” Torpe told the site. “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.”

Sounds like it’s going to be a true reimagining of the source material.

When the residents of Bridgeville, Maine find themselves engulfed by a foreboding mist containing a myriad of inexplicable and bizarre threats, their humanity is put to the test in “The Mist”, a new 10 episode serialized drama premiering Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT on Spike.

In the series…

A small town family 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.

Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Dan Butler, Darren Pettie, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Russell Posner, Luke Cosgrove and Frances Conroy star.



  • J Jett

    this show just sounds more lousy as it goes. i’m all for “reimaginings” but at least keep it somewhat similar to what many/most(?) people love about the source material/original film. this show sounds/looks like it’s going to be a melodrama where the real “monsters” are fellow humans. having some of that is fine but if that’s what it is for most of the season then i’m out.

    • Otterlee

      We’ve got enough of that with the Walking Dead…

      • Matt Miller

        And it’s awful

  • Grimphantom

    Welp, i’m out

  • nowaygetreal

    Screw this then. The mystery of The Mist (the Mistery, if you will) is what’s IN the mist. Fuck another character drama, there’s enough of those.

  • Munchie

    It also becomes boring if you make a monster TV show without any fucking monsters.

  • American Atheist

    It’s funny, I keep forgetting this show is even coming out. I’ll have no trouble forgetting again.

  • james henry

    I hope what he means is they’re not going to focus on the monsters themselves, but will have them. You obviously need the drama between characters since they’re going to be stressed beyond their breaking points, plus the US military is always a generic villain in shows like this. BUT if there are no monsters, this isn’t The Mist…..

  • Weresmurf

    Im actually happy to read this. I love the movie, but I’ll be glad if the series is a little more restrictive with the appearance of the creatures. In the book they were obscured by the mist except in a few circumstances, so hopefully this will be the same, working to good effect.

  • Matheus Martins

    Yeah thats like… making a jurassic park movie without any dinosaurs in it….

    I fucking hate these hipster pretentious bastards taking the supernatural element of franchises like these.

    ”oh no, demons,monsters,aliens are too unrealistic too childish, lets make it all just a metaphor, a psychological drama. Cause thats intelligent, thats new. Its not like we already have a gazilion movies like that out there”

    • DR

      Agreed. Not going to give this one a chance after reading this article.

  • DR

    Thanks for the heads-up to pass on this. Sooo…laziness + budgetary problems led to them axing the iconic Mist creatures, and then they turn around and probably pretend it’s because they want to focus on poorly-written, pandering characters and trite social commentary about the viciousness of man, how quickly society and good intentions can crumble, yada yada yada, YAWN, SEEN IT BEFORE.

    Too many character studies on TV. I’ll watch shit like The Walking Dead if I want melodrama and a severe lack of focus on the calamity at hand.

    Bad bad bad.

  • Buk Lau

    This doesn’t sound bad. The movie wasn’t in your face with monsters either. It took time to get to them with a lot of mystery.

  • Michael Gevins

    The Mist (movie) had so many varieties of different monsters, that’s what made it so interesting. Hell, in a series you could do 1-3 unique monsters per episode and it would be great. Instead you make excuses and make it a character study. Sorry, but you failed the horror fans. Try the unemployment line for real horror.

  • Werewolf

    “We were mindful of not going with what worked in the film.”

    What’s that smoking over there?…It sort of looks like a turd.

  • Fuck this shit. I stick to the original.

  • Matt Miller

    I’m ok with that (you don’t need monsters in full view to make it scary , we know that), as long as the story is still creepy and well written, which I don’t think it’s the case here. The movie was a perfect combination of social drama, suspense and monster action. I don’t know why we needed this when the film was so good, I can’t imagine something better than that. If they are going to focus in characters and drama better it’s not shitty.

  • Sethlans

    You made my week with that Thomas Jane comment alone. Thank you.

  • Sethlans

    Translation: the production company only has budget for the mist effects, not what’s in the mist. The movie was already a perfect reimagining of the novella anyway, right down to the ending. There isn’t any need for this series.

    • Sunny

      The word is “adaptation.” And if they can do something new and interesting, yes, there is a need.

      • Sethlans

        Problem is, what they are are doing on the series is neither new nor interesting in my opinion. And the indistinct, blurry (cheap looking) CGI shadow creatures appear to confirm my suspicion that the production choices have a lot to do with the show’s budget.

  • turk

    That’s entirely disappointing. I think the fun of the movie was seeing the next weird, otherworldly monster that was going to come out of the mist. Now, they say the monsters will be scarce, or at least downplayed? I’m wondering if they actually think this is a good thing or if it just a budgetary constraint that they are trying to play off. Either way, it doesn’t sound good. I liked the trailer, but in the context of wanting to see what comes out of the mist. Now, it appears the answer is going to be: “not much.”

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  • Simon Allen

    Next ……a TV series of Friday the 13th with no Jason…..oh, hold on a sec …..

  • Necro

    Well at least he was honest. I mean I hope there’s something here that feeds my imagination. It doesn’t have to be a full on monster fest cuz humans can be just as monstrous. A steady mix of the two and really good suspense delivered correctly and I’ll keep tuning in.

  • sliceanddice

    Shame, the world needs more monsters.

  • zombie84_41

    I think they did a fantastic job if that trailer is anything like what will get in the show I love monsters and all that stuff but I got the movie for that. I just want a disturbing TV show.

    • Melissa Sharp

      The biggest monsters are the people. That’s why I like the setting is in the mall in this with a lot of people In this type of situation, more people there are the more dangerous it will be. People picking sides, fighting over handling a situation, beliefs, etc..The movie depicted it really well. I hope the tv show does the same.

      • zombie84_41

        I agree those trailers have been very intense. I loved every second of the movie, so I hope like you said this TV show will do the same. I think it will.

  • Sunny

    Eeeeeexcept you can see monsters in the trailer. So there better be at least a few.

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