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Watch The First Trailer For The Mist TV Series

The work of Stephen King is going to haunt your television screen once again with Spike's The Mist TV series. The show, which is based on the King novella of the same name (which was also adapted into a 2007 movie), has finally debuted an eerie and intense first trailer.

Show creator Christian Torpe said that the series will set itself apart from the movie while still honoring the source material. A big part of this change will come in the characters having multiple places to hide from the mysterious monsters, aside from just the novella's grocery store.

"We establish different little pressure cookers under the influence of whoever the leader would be in those locations," Torpe told Entertainment Weekly. "Each of them come up with different theories or beliefs about what's going on. Eventually, the storylines will dovetail and turn into conflicts."

Torpe teases that, while the show will feature new characters, it's possible that some of the original characters could stop by at some point. "It's a weird cousin to the original material," he said. "It has the constant ebb and flow communication with the novella." Fans of the novella will recognize many familiar elements in the trailer, including a mention of the mysterious Arrowhead Project.

While the trailer doesn't give much of a hint about these other locations, it does highlight the sexuality which Torpe said will become a much bigger theme in his story than in the past iterations of the novella. A lot of this comes through Eve Copeland (Alyssa Sutherland), a sex-ed teacher who has already caused controversy in the town through her lessons, which some have used to dredge up her "wild child" past.

"There's a lot of misogyny under the surface," Torpe said. Eve is backed up by her husband, Kevin (Morgan Spector), a "modern-day, liberal man" who believes in kindness and forgiveness. "I wanted to test: Does he have the courage of his convictions, or will he break under enough pressure?"

The couple will also be dealing with their daughter, Alex (Gus Birney), who is just starting to rebel. And the series will feature their neighbor Nathalie (Frances Conroy), who has a "spiritual connection" to the family and a "twisted, almost mother-son relationship" with the town sheriff Connor (Darren Pettie). Also in the mix is the sheriff's son Jay (Luke Cosgrove), a high school football star who is under investigation for a violent crime.

Many of the aforementioned group ends up in the town mall, where facility manager Gus Redman (Isaiah Whitlock Jr.) goes on a bit of a power trip by trying to establish his own empire.

"He's the guy who has gone as far as he can go in his life," Torpe said. "He's a bureaucrat and never felt he got the respect he deserved. With a good hundred survivors trapped in the mall, he tries to rise to the occasion and become the respected leader he always felt he was supposed to be."

Torpe said he feels that the story of The Mist is especially relevant now, at a time when many people are "blinded" by fear.

"We look around at what's going on in the world, and everyone is constantly looking for someone to blame, or someone to lead them to the promised land," he said. "They find people to hate, either because of their gender or race or faith. Those are elements we tap into, how fear drives things like misogyny and homophobia."

The Mist will premiere June 22 on Spike. While we wait, find out which other films joined the movie version of The Mist on our list of the 25 best horror movies.