Guillermo del Toro has been one of the busiest guys in Hollywood for years now, and he always seems to be juggling about ten different projects in various stages of development. Somehow, in between all of those film and TV endeavors, he and author Chuck Hogan released a trilogy of vampire novels, the first of which was 2009’s “The Strain.” In case you didn’t know, FX is turning that novel into a TV show, with “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse serving as the showrunner on this series. Del Toro and Hogan wrote the pilot episode and del Toro directed the pilot, which premieres on July 13th.
There have been a few creepy teaser trailers released already, but none of them have featured any real footage from the upcoming show…until now. Feast your eyes on this:
In case that trailer didn’t give a good enough idea of what the series is about, the story follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City as they are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
It’s ironic that one of the first lines uttered in this teaser is “I have seen this disease before,” considering I kind of feel like I’ve seen much of this trailer before in other media during the past few years. There are flashes that remind me of Prometheus, del Toro’s own Pacific Rim (mostly the saturated color palette), and more, but I’ll admit, that last moment – in which we see that creature tear into some dude’s neck – is pretty spine-tingling. Del Toro and Cuse have gone on record saying that they’re tired of glittery vampires and they want to make them terrifying again, and this teaser certainly makes that a priority.
“The Strain” has been given a 13-episode order for its first season, so there’s plenty of time for the creative team to come up with more skin-crawling imagery like this. We can’t wait to see how it turns out.
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