Stephen King’s The Mist New Trailer Tackles Self-Loathing

Spike's new featurette for The Mist explains why the encroaching fog can make someone their own worst enemy.

Karma is a bitch in The Mist. You might think things get lost in a fog, but when the haze is inspired from something that spilled in from a book by Stephen King, bad things are bound to be unveiled. Kevin Copeland (Morgan Spector) gets his comeuppance in an heavily atmospheric scene on The Mist episode 9, “The Waking Dream.” Spike dropped a special behind-the-scenes trailer to break it down.

“Kevin has a moment in episode 9 where he is confronted by everything he has done,” The Mist creator Christian Torpe says in the featurette.

Kevin’s waking dream turns nightmarish when bugs come out of the mouth of the first the police officer who was abandoned to the mist, the first victim.

“And then his brother,” says Copeland, who was left to die in the leech-infested hallway of the town’s hospital. “And then finally he has to face himself.”

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“You embrace of defeat your evil side,” adds Torpe, “or you die.”

While Kevin recoils in fear of the people whose lives he sacrificed.

“But when he sees himself, he attacks and tries to kill him,” Copeland says. “There’s something telling about that.”

It appears you have to destroy who you used to be to survive Spike TV’s The Mist.

The vignette also explains the stunts and shows some of the unfogged gore effects.

You can watch the featurette here:

“Adrian arrives at the mall with somber news; the mall survivors start to turn on Alex and Eve, and Kevin reunites with some unwelcome familiar faces,” reads the official synopsis of the episode.

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You can watch the official recap of The Mist, episode 9, “The Waking Dream” here:

Everyone needs to feel at home with some kind of family, even people whose minds have been fogged up with the violence creeping in on episode 8. Not everyone is what they seem in the cloudy aftermath of the rip in reality.

“We do have the big reveal in episode 8 that it was Adrian who raped Alex,” The Mist creator Christian Torpe says in the featurette. “We didn’t want it just to be a twist just for the sake of twists. So it’s something that we built carefully throughout the season.”

But it wasn’t the mist that drove the gay teen Alex to force himself on an unconscious teenage girl he called his best friend. It was family pressure.

“His father is more or less the reason Adrian has become who he’s become,” says Russell Posner, who plays Adrian Garff.

The teen, who is invisible to his father when he’s wearing makeup, “is basically unwanted by his family,” says Torpe. Who finds acceptance with the Copelands.

“Kevin’s family has been this kind of island of calm for him,” explains Morgan Spector, who plays Kevin Copeland. “This ideal of how a family could and should be.”

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Adrian watched as his best friend Alex fell in love with the local high school star quarterback, and does what he thinks is the only thing he can do to stay in the family.

“There’s definitely something wrong with him,” explains Spector, who adds that there is also something “vulnerable” about the young man. Now he has “to live with that, which is the problem,” Posner adds. Adrian starts as a “scared, repressed kid” but then “this evil comes out of him.”

The monster that everyone’s been talking about just wants to be loved. Is that so wrong?

You can watch the featurette here:

“Nathalie’s influence over the remaining church parishioners continues to grow,” reads the official synopsis. “At the mall, Alex and Jay grow closer until Eve intervenes; Kevin and the group make a stop at Adrian’s home where he makes a shocking discovery.”

You can watch the recap to The Mist episode 8 here:

If you have faith, you might as well test it. That’s what Father Romanov decides in Spike’s featurette for The Mist episode 7: “Over the River and Through the Woods.” 

“He needs to go all in. He proposes a ‘Trial by Ordeal,’ which is an old religious concept where you put yourself at the will of god,” explains Torpe.

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And whoever dies will provide an answer on who to follow, Romanoff adds in the episode. The priest, who suffered a pretty bad beatdown by chief of police Connor Heise (Darren Pettie), is willing to sacrifice his life for the good of his flock, even if it means they should be Mrs. Raven’s flock.

Frances Conroy, who plays Nathalie Raven, says it’s all about making sense in a senseless world. Dan Butler, who plays Father Romanov, sees it as a metaphor for the world today. He’s certainly come a long way since playing Bulldog on Frasier as we see the priest dragged away like table scraps.

Torpe sees the Trial by Ordeal as beautiful, and Romanov’s death as poetic. But the real beauty comes from the ghastly horsemen. 

Here is the official recap of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

Not that we want to give false hope, but The Mist continues to play tricks on people’s minds in the new featurette for episode 6, “The Devil You Know.”

In the prior episode, the violent junkie Mia, played by Danica Curcic, takes the truck that Kevin and his group liberated from an anguished father and visits her childhood home. It isn’t an exaggeration to say Mia didn’t grow up in an idyllic setting. Her childhood memories would not have been painted by Norman Rockwell.

“Mia’s mom spent a lot of time at the psychiatric ward in the hospital,” explains Torpe. “Mia never really visited her. She was too scared.”

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“It’s like being part of a Kafka novel,” Curcic says in the featurette. “She walks in and out of the same room.”

“For all the fears Mia has and the issues, the biggest one comes from that relationship,” Torpe adds.

“My character is dead, but has been evoked by the mist,” says Marylouise Burke, who plays Mia’s mother.

You can watch the behind the scenes look at the episode here:

 

Here is the official recap of “The Devil You Know.”

Doctors no longer use leeches in emergency treatments. This is one of the valuable lessons we learn in The Mist episode 5, “Waiting Room.” In the featurette, “The Mist Revealed: Emergency Surgery,” the creators and cast “examine the repercussions of performing emergency surgery, and the implications of the leech attack.”

“I wanted to do an episode that sort of ended up with the point of no return for Kevin (Morgan Spector),” explains creator and showrunner Christian Thorpe in the featurette. Kevin’s brother Mike “has been deadly injured in the mist, and is probably going to die.”

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But the mist now covers the whole wing of the hospital that houses the operating room, and no one wants to venture into it.

Patrick Baxter, the makeup effects supervisor, takes the audience through the whole procedure, from the life cast to the gore that covers the fiberglass under-shell.

You can watch the episode recap here:

A shadowy villain mystified the mall bookstore on “Pequod,” the fourth episode of Spike’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist, and it is another spectacular effect for the series. It also taught valuable lesson how important it is to keep the doors closed in the post-fog world.

The video short gives a behind the scenes look at the “biggest moment from episode 4.” The creators and cast discuss “what happens when the mist seeps into the mall, and Alex (Gus Birney) confronts a terrifying creature.” 

Game store owners Ted and Vic try “in their own goofy way, to redeem themselves after they pushed the bodies of the two soldiers out into the mist,” says Thorpe in the featurette. ”Other people at the mall became very angry at them, and they try to make up for that. It goes wrong.”

Alex’s confrontation with what Torpe calls a “shadow monster” is the first real action sequence with special effects Birney gets to play, the actress says. It wasn’t the only first. Young actress Lola Presley Flanery reveals that she “never got to die before,” and she never thought she’d “get a chance to say that.”

Here is the featurette:

Here is a recap of the episode:

In last week’s review of The Mist, I mentioned a particularly transcendent scene, but left some mystery so as not to give away too much. Spike TV isn’t worried about spoiler warnings, though, going into great detail about their “quite profound” special effect sequence in their new digital short “The Mist Revealed: The Moth.” The episode was entitled “Show & Tell,” after all.

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The featurette interviews the showrunner, Christian Torpe, and cast members Frances Conroy, who plays Nathalie Raven, Darren Pettie, who plays police chief Connor Heisel, and Steven Yaffee, who plays Mirhall Demidoff. Demidoff was a pretty nice guy, with a checkered past, who shares an intimate moment with Nathalie, before he gets a bug in his ear. The vignette breaks down the moth transformation and explains the beginnings of Nathalie’s religious transformation as she gets in tune with nature in The Mist.

Here is a the official recap of episode 3:

Spike pulled two earlier digital featurettes from the fog creeping in from the north. The first is a character spot called “Meet Kevin Copeland.” 

Copeland is a “former journalist” who is now a “children’s book author,” explains actor Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire).  “Principally, he is a man whose live revolves around his wife and daughter.”

Kevin is the “epitome of the modern, liberal and civilized man; devoted to his wife and teenaged daughter,” according to the trailer’s official description. “Kevin lives his life by high moral values and throughout his life he has refused to give in to the anger and prejudice he sees in other people.  However, with the arrival of the mist, Kevin’s moral compass will be put to the test for his and his family’s survival.

“It’s possible to sacrifice so much of yourself that you genuinely lose yourself,” Spector explains.

The second featurette is called “Welcome to Bridgeville.”  The town in Maine is “a pressure cooker even before a mysterious mist rolls in,” reads the trailer’s official description, and the residents are ready to blow up in the damp, cramped ether.

Alex Copeland, the daughter of Eve and Kevin, “is a very ordinary 16-year old” in some ways, according to actress Gus Birney, who plays her. “She’s insecure. She likes the football jock. She just wants to fit in.” But the mist “changes who she is.”

Connor Heisel is the Bridgeville chief of police. “He’s sort of this alpha male,” explains actor Darren Pettie. His son Jay Heisel is the starting quarterback on the high school football team. “Jay definitely feels that pressure from his father to be a bigger man,” says actor Luke Cosgrove.

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Antique dealer and mystic journeywoman Natalie Raven is “very in touch with nature,” says actress Frances Conroy. So in touch that she notices “very strange things start happening.”

Mia Lambert is on the run “from a criminal environment,” says Danica Curcic, who stops in to her childhood home to pick up some things she left behind.

Adrian Garff is “the town misfit,” who sees himself as “an unfortunate child” says actor Russell Posner. He sees Alex as “a sister. He can confide in her. He loves her family.”

We have no idea who Bryan Hunt is. “We assume he’s military, but we don’t actually know that,” according to Okezie Morro. “He needs something to hold on to.”

The Mist series has a supernatural element and a “very grounded contemporary character-driven element,” says creator and showrunner Christian Thorpe.

We don’t know what is in the mist or what it’s capable of, and it’s kind of terrifying not to know what’s out there, the cast agrees.

In the featurette Syfy dropped on June 8, the encroaching mist puts humanity to the test, and a lot of people fail, but not the cast and crew.

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“The novel is 180 pages and it takes place over a very short time in a supermarket,” says Christian Thorpe, the creator and showrunner for The Mist. “In order to make it into a show, we had to change a lot of things, and at the same time we wanted to be incredibly respectful to the source material.”

The series takes “all the weird and idiosyncratic characters” and crams “them together in a high-pressure environment,” adds Morgan Spector, who plays Kevin Copeland.

The makers of The Mist promise that it is its “own beast.”

There is something unholy out there in The Mist according to the this digital featurette.The trailer says the show will teach the world to fear nature, especially human nature. That includes human meddling with nature.

The iord may not save anyone who strays into The Mist, but the residents of the small community will learn to keep their heads out of the clouds. King’s book had one setting, the Federated supermarket where an artist and his son are cut off from the world by an encroaching mist that follows severe thunderstorms. The series will expand that perception to cover all the tracks that come from whatever “is out there.”

In the first digital feature, we “Meet Eve Copeland,” one of the feistier residents of the lakeside town where “everybody knows everybody else’s business.”

Eve is a wife and a mother, who has a “little bit of a past, which the town is aware of,” says Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), the Australian actress who plays her. “And it’s been hard for her to shake it off.”

“She’s also dealing with her own struggles that her daughter’s becoming a woman,” Sutherland continues. Eve doesn’t want to see her make the same mistakes she made

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Of course, the biggest mistake is getting caught in The Mist. But Eve is “willing to do whatever she needs to do” to keep her daughter’s head out of the clouds.

 

Take away food and take away water and people begin to do bad things. The first trailer shows townspeople doing some very bad things indeed.

Blood is thicker than pea soup in the small town of Bridgton, Maine. The Mist trailer has time to warn us about the oncoming overcast before we are knee-deep in blood, chaos and panic. The 10-episode adaptation is being touted as a psychological drama, and northern state therapists will soon be overrun with trauma cases. 

The first trailer Spike TV dropped made it looks like they were trying to fog with your mind. There’s something out there and you’ll swear it knows you. The end times have come; not in flames, but in mist, and there is no court of appeals in hell. 

 Spike TV will let the cloudy gloom roll out over 10 one-hour episodes…

The Mist Trailer

The Mist Plot

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,” according to the official synopsis. “What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?”

The Mist 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. 

The series will veer from Frank Darabont’s single storyline/location 2007 feature film adaptation. Spike TV’s version won’t be a remake.

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“Let’s call it a reimagination,” executive producer Christian Torpe said at the Television Critics Association’s 2017 Winter Press Tour (via TV Guide). “Internally, we talk about it as doing the Fargo approach, where the movie and the TV show is the same, but it’s different. It’s like a weird, twisted cousin to the original source material. Fans of the movie and of the book and of Mr. King’s work will certainly see elements from it. We also, in order to develop it for TV and turn it into an ongoing series, took our own little detours here and there.”

Darabont’s film diverged from King’s novella in the ending. Spike TV hinted that they agree with King that the movie’s conclusion was less dense, but more satisfying.

“I personally love… Mr. (Darabont’s) ending,” Thorpe said. “I thought it was a stroke of genius. We are playing around in that territory, and we also know, of course, Mr. King’s ending. And I know Mr. King actually preferred Darabont’s ending. And so I think we came up with our own spin on a very original and surprising ending.

The Mist Cast

Vikings star Alyssa Sutherland will play Eve Copeland, a wife with a troubled past who gets trapped in a mall with her daughter and her daughter’s rapist. Gus Birney will play Alex Copeland, the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve. According to the casting announcement, “she’s always been the ‘good daughter,’ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak.”  Birney is currently appearing in The Rose Tattoo at the Williamstown Theater Festival opposite Marisa Tomei. 

Dan Butler will play Father Romanov, a priest who is caught “in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual.” Butler appeared in the films Silence of the Lambs, Chronic Town, Fixing Frank and Crazy, Stupid Love, and on TV’s Frasier, Prayers for Bobby and From the Earth to the Moon.  He wrote and directed the films Karl Rove, I Love You and Pearl.  Butler is represented by CESD and Station 3.

11-year-old surfing fanatic Luke Cosgrove was cast as Jay Heisel, a “popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of a heinous crime.” This is his first television role. 

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Award-winning Serbian-Danish actress Danica Curcic will play Mia Lambert, a “drug-addicted woman on the run and in search of a mysterious stash of money.” Curcic played several leading stage roles at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen before she made the films The Absent One, Silent Heart, All Inclusive and Gold Coast. She will soon play a world renowned ballerina in the film Darling and appear in the WWII drama Across the Waters.

Okezie Morro will play Jonah Dixon, a “military man with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is.  As the truth about his identity unravels, shocking secrets will be revealed.” Morro appeared in World War Z and in the George Lucas-produced World War II epic Red Tails opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and David Oyelowo. 

Stage and screen vet Darren Pettie will play Connor Heisel, the “local alpha male, town sheriff and father to local football superstar Jay.  He struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, finding himself up against many who have it out for his accused son.” Pettit was last seen on CBS’s The Good Wife and recently wrapped production on the film Sidney Hall. Pettie also appeared on Rizzoli & Isles, Scandal and Pan Am.

Russell Posner will play Adrian Garff, an “insecure young teenager who comes to the defense of his best friend Alex, after she is the victim of a brutal crime.  A witness to the crime, he finds himself at the center of a controversy which threatens to rip apart the community.”

Posner starred in The D Train with Jack Black and James Marsden and appeared in the films Louder Than Bombs with Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg and John Turturo’s Fading Gigolo with Woody Allen.

Isiah Whitlock, Jr. will play mall manager Gus Redman. “When a new society forms from the mist survivors at the mall, Gus will have to decide if he will take the role of leader and exactly how far he will go to keep order,” according to the character breakdown.

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Whitlock starred as Senator Clay Davis on HBO’s The Wire. He has a recurring role as Secretary of Defense General George Maddox on Veep. He also recently appeared in Chi-Raq which Spike Lee directed for Amazon.

American Horror Story and Six Feet Under actress Frances Conroy will play Nathalie, who is being described as a modern day ecological martyr.

The Mist Release Date

The Mist is set to premiere on June 22, 2017, a decade after Darabont’s film adaptation from 2007.