A chilling clip from the upcoming horror series, Chapelwaite, has been released, teasing audiences with a glimpse of the show’s ominous setting in a creepy old house. Based on Stephen King’s 1978 short story, “Jerusalem’s Lot,” Chapelwaite was co-written by Jason and Peter Filadari, with Donald De Line (Pretty Woman, Italian Job, Ready Player One) producing. Starring Adrien Brody and Emily Hampshire, the 10-episode series is set to premiere August 22 on Epix.
Like many of King’s stories, Chapelwaite takes place in a creepy, small town in Maine. After tragically losing his wife at sea, Captain Charles Boone (Brody) and his children move to Boone’s ancestral home in Preacher’s Corners. While the town is seemingly sleepy at first, strange occurrences begin to unfold, and a disturbed family history starts to swim to the surface.
Now, EPIX has uploaded a one-minute clip from Chapelwaite, unveiling the show’s sinister premise in a late 1800s setting. The scene starts off with Boone leaning into the wall of a dimly lit staircase, disturbed by what he believes to be rats in the walls. After his daughter curiously approaches him and emerges down the stairs, he assures her that the rats are “being clever” and that “they know we’re on to them.” Before heading back up the stairs, it’s clear by the look on her face that she’s unsure of whether to be afraid of the house or of her father. Check out the teaser clip below:
While Chapelwaite‘s first trailer reveals an even deeper look into the upcoming series, this brief albeit telling scene presents a familiar theme of nature vs. nurture. More specifically, it’s the age-old question of what’s more troubling: the dark corners of one’s house or the dark corners of one’s mind. With stories like The Shining and Doctor Sleep, horror fans of both the literary works of King and his subsequent on-screen adaptations have gotten used to seeing strong protagonists who have fallen victim to their own psyche while trying to navigate an even more horrifying environment.
Contrary to Lisey’s Story, a miniseries adaptation of his 2006 novel of the same name, King took a backseat for the on-screen creative vision of this one. There have been mixed opinions over time about whether King has the right kind of chops for TV and movie storytelling. Whether or not Chapelwaite appeases King and his fans alike remains to be seen.