Hey, kids, do you like vampires? If the answer to that question is “good golly yes!” then we’ve got some great news for you. Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan are bringing their gruesome vampire novel The Strain to the small screen as a new FX series – and based on the trailers so far, the show seems poised to severely damage vampires’ reputation of being ideal boyfriends.
The Strain is set in New York City and begins with a plane landing at JFK airport completely dark, with communications shut down and the shutters closed. CDC investigators Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mía Maestro) investigate the plane and find that every single passenger and crew member is dead… or are they?
The vampires in The Strain don’t pass on their vampiric nature by good old-fashioned magic or any such romanticized notion. Instead, the creatures infect their victims with capillary worms (as seen crawling inside an eyeball on the show’s poster) during feeding; after a period of unpleasant biological changes to rival even the roughest of puberties, the prey will then rise up as a predator and go on to attack more humans. It’s easy to see why the creatures might be able to spread their corruption through the city so quickly.
The teasers for The Strain so far have been pretty limited in terms of dialogue and footage, which makes it hard to judge how good the show is likely to be overall – though, this extended trailer certainly shows off some impressive special effects. Without a doubt it will be worth watching at least the pilot episode, just to see how Del Toro and Hogan’s adaptation takes off.
The seventh and final season of True Blood also airs this summer, and many vampire fans will probably be looking for the next show to sink their teeth into. Here’s hoping that The Strain manages to deliver.
The Strain premieres Sunday, July 13th at 10/9c on FX.