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Spike TV’s The Mist – Pilot Impressions and Thoughts

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Spike is making a sizable gamble in transferring Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” to the small screen. We’ve seen numerous networks try their hand at turning large King novels into successful television series. and those attempts frequently fail due to what seems to be an insistence in injecting every microscopic detail into the live action transfers. It rarely works and often leaves viewers feeling bored and prepared to move on.

Look no further than the recent sunken ship “Under the Dome,” which fizzled after three seasons because the story could’ve been adequately and successfully told in 10 to 12 episodes.

Spike’s launch of “The Mist” feels eerily reminiscent of the earlier episodes of “Under the Dome” despite the fact that this story is miniscule in comparison to “Under the Dome.” Somehow we’re still seeing the same pitfalls in the distance, which is rather confusing.

Without hurling a wealth of spoilers (let’s be realistic, the vast majority of you have probably seen Frank Darabont’s riveting big screen rendition of this story) in your direction, it can be safely said that the pilot episode takes time to introduce the characters while gifting us a relatively brief glimpse at the oncoming conflict. The problem is that the conflict feels like it takes a backseat in this vehicle, and that may not sit well with viewers.

While Darabont’s flick introduced focal personalities while in the midst of a strange monstrous invasion, Spike’s take spends the bulk of the pilot episode introducing the characters first, and that feels wrong. Again, it feels wrong in the same way that “Under the Dome” felt wrong. Viewers should absolutely be invested in the characters, but we don’t need an intricate introduction before the insanity truly begins; we need to meet the characters that matter to us and determine whether or not we care about them as the conflict is taking place. We need to see their response to a perilous situation because that’s when their purest responses are going to come to light. Spike is already doing all they can to convince us we love a very large number of characters, even though we have no idea how we’ll respond to their responses.

“The Mist,” unfortunately, feels as though it is already moving in the wrong direction. Furthermore, the pacing of the story also feels like a problem. As the pilot episode ends, we’re seeing our hopeful survivors taking shelter in a public setting (this looks more like a mall than a simple grocery store). They’re also catching glimpses of the things in the mist. Remember that by the time we’re experiencing these things in Darabont’s picture, we’re a good 30-35 percent of the way through the film. It’s hard to imagine this version not feeling like a cinematic Stretch Armstrong if we’ve still got nine episodes to travel before a (hopeful) conclusion.

For the most part the show’s primary performers sell the story well. Morgan Spector looks like a fine leading man, while Gus Birney plays Alex, the emotional teen, impressively. Alyssa Sutherland, who portrays Eve, the wife to Spector’s character, Kevin Copeland, is strangely out of place. To be frank, she comes across as an entirely unlikable bitch, which doesn’t seem to gel too well when she’s sharing screen time with the calm, collected, and generally friendly Kevin. These are two conflicting characters, and it’s difficult to imagine them unifying at any point, even during an epic tragedy… or monster invasion.

The cast also manages to become questionable with each new personality we meet. And this is essentially where “Under the Dome” fell to pieces. We’re expected to invest in a very wide array of personalities. Remember that in Darabont’s picture we’re basically asked to care about four unique personalities first and foremost: David Drayton (Thomas Jane), Marcia Gay Harden (Mrs. Carmody), Laurie Holden (Amanda Dunfrey), and Andre Braugher (Brent Norton). That’s a perfect group to draw viewers in, but Spike’s version introduces the aforementioned Kevin, Eve, and Alex, while we’re also expected to immediately care about youngsters Jay, Adrian, and Lila as well as other random characters like Mia, Bryan, Natalie, Gus, and Howard. So Spike is asking us, right from the jump, to dump our emotions into not four focal characters, but at least 11 – right off the bat. And there are many more waiting in the wings to receive their official introductions.

After tuning in to the pilot, the only individuals in Spike’s “The Mist” that intrigue me are Kevin, Gus, and Bryan. There isn’t an ounce of interest I have left to spare on the numerous other individuals we’ll be expected to invest in. And while the special effects look – thus far – solid, we haven’t seen quite enough of the things in the mist to really blow the mind. I don’t like admitting it, but “The Mist” gave me a nasty dose of déjà vu, and I could instantly recognize that the familiarity I was seeing stemmed directly from the train wreck that was “Under the Dome.” Here’s hoping a second episode drastically changes my initial reaction to what can potentially be a terrific series.

“The Mist” stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Dan Butler, Darren Pettie, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Russell Posner, Luke Cosgrove, and Frances Conroy. It debuts on Thursday, June 22nd, at 10pm ET/PT.

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.  Based on a story by Stephen King, “The Mist” has been reimagined for television by executive producer/writer Christian Torpe and produced by TWC-Dimension Television.

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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.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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