Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ TV Series Gets a New Teaser and Image

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2014 has already brought us some fascinating television offerings, from the highly anticipated fourth season of Game of Thrones, the final season of Mad Men, and HBO’s self-contained first season of True Detective, on through to Netflix’s second season of House of Cards. There are also plenty of promising new shows on the way, including FX’s upcoming The Strain.

Based on a trilogy of novels by Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro and crime novelist Chuck Hogan (The Town), The Strain tracks a group of humans as they battle the spreading vampire scourge which arrived in New York City with a Boeing 777, found on the runway at JFK airport with no power and no living passengers.

Starring Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the CDC epidemiologist called in to investigate the event and and Mía Maestro (Alias) as his colleague (and occasional lover) Dr. Nora Martinez, the measured PR push of The Strain has consisted of one memorable early teaser teasing a rodent exodus from within the city and another one focusing on a pivotal solar eclipse, which heralds the coming of Sardu, aka The Master.

Now, a third teaser – which you can watch above – takes the creepy factor to a fitting new level with a look at the vampire biology, as a parasitic worm slithers into an eyeball, the fully dilated pupil of which reflects the ongoing eclipse imagery.

The Strain Comic Book Art Guillermo del Toros The Strain TV Series Gets a New Teaser and Image

This new teaser features the little worm-like parasite which carries and transmits the vampiric virus of The Strain. Instead of the sensual and independent bloodsuckers of Twilight and True Blood, these strigoi function as macroviral agents, controlled by The Master. This approach echoes the classic treatment of the vampire mythos of Bram Stoker’s Dracula even as it portrays these monsters as having stinger-like appendages in their throats, as well as deteriorating into grotesque, inhuman, zombie-like creatures over time.

The little worms are carried in the pus-like white blood of the strigoi, which can live outside their host bodies for a time – so even if a human kills a vampire, it can still become infected through contact with just the worms. This feature adds a dangerous new dimension to this strain of vampirism.

We also have this new look at Corey Stoll as Dr. Goodweather, wearing a CDC hazmat suit:

Corey Stoll as Dr. Goodweather in The Strain Guillermo del Toros The Strain TV Series Gets a New Teaser and Image

The Strain executive Producer del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse have a solid foundation for a unique, gory and genuinely disturbing take on the vampire genre, with a gifted cast which include, along with Stoll and Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.

Cuse and del Toro also have the added bonus of airing this show on FX, which has a track record of high-quality television shows which tend to the push the boundaries of basic cable, including JustifiedSons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and Archer.

If The Strain lives up to its promise, FX could have a scary supernatural thriller series based on a well-worn horror trope which might conceivably rival AMC’s ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead as a favorite for horror fans.

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The Strain premieres on FX in July 2014.

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  1. voldemort. that is all

    • Giving audiences the toungue action he had been planning for Harry Potter. Lol i like it, its and obvious nod to the vamps in Blade 2

  2. I like a good vampire show or flick, but there are precious few that are really good. Most modern ones stink. I might give this one a peek though, just to see if it is any good. Looks like it could go either way.
    Definition of good vampire fare: Dracula with Bela Lugosi, Horror of Dracula with Christopher Lee, Dark Shadows (the original series) with Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins, The Nightstalker (the original movie), and the Dan Curtis version of Dracula with Jack Palance.
    Examples of bad vampire fare: about 99 per cent of everything else vampiric (probably a couple odd exceptions out there someplace).

    • Yeah, my parents always complained about vampires, saying that the last great vampire films starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. I remember them sitting watching Interview With The Vampire and Bram Stoker’s Dracula on separate occasions in the mid 90s and hearing “well, that was crap” as soon as the credits started rolling.

      I went to see Queen Of The Damned at the cinema and liked it but I guess my main motivation was my love for the band Korn and the fact the music for that film was written and performed by Korn’s singer. His voice really suited those songs.

      This looks good but the Blade 2 comparisons worry me slightly because I thought that was the weakest of the Blade trilogy.

      • What!! No way was Blade 2 the weakest. It knew what it was and didn’t take itself seriously. The make up was superb and the overall design of the monsters was amazing. Yeah it had some lame cgi mixed in the fights but it’s not the weakest no sir.

        • I dunno, I find the first one to be the best because it was a violent comic book movie in the vein of The Crow and others and didn’t hold back.

          Blade 2….I dunno, the story was as weak as Blade Trinity’s, the difference is that Ryan Reynolds bringing us a hilarious version of Marvel’s many vampire hunters, Hannibal King, elevated that film for me, otherwise I’d agree with the majority that it was terrible.

          Not even Ron Perlman could stop me being bored during Blade 2.

      • Blade Trinity is not only the worst of the trilogy it was just an all around bad movie.

    • The problem is that those are older movies you stated, and the younger generations are not exposed to the old and classic horror films. I have to say that Interview With a Vampire is what got me into the vampire genre, and I love Lost Boys and Blade 1 as well. Oh, don’t forget about Buffy/Angel, even though that’s television.

      • See, for me, I was introduced through re-runs of the Lee/Cushing films on TV in the 80s. I first saw The Lost Boys on TV in 1991 when I was 7 years old and it did nothing for me. Still doesn’t.

        I was never into Buffy (the movie) and tried to give the TV version a chance and just hated it. Same for Angel too. Couldn’t relate, couldn’t suspend belief enough to find anything fun or entertaining about them.

        Like I told Goldilocks, I saw QOTD at the cinema as a teenager in college and liked it but saw Interview a few years later and didn’t find it interesting. Caught Bram Stoker’s Dracula last year, didn’t enjoy it. Saw Nosferatu on The Horror Channel one afternoon a few years back and enjoyed that though.

        I also saw Van Helsing at the cinema and thought it was a fun movie.

        I dunno, I like horror movies to be creepy and atmospheric but without cheap jump scares (which rules out a lot of horror of the last decade because that’s what 97% of modern horror relies on, rendering it crap to me) and I also don’t enjoy too much gore for the sake of it (ruling out any of Eli Roth’s output).

        Problem is, vampires are violent creatures but the movies in the vampire genre tend to try and attempt atmosphere and fall completely flat and veer into “boring” territory.

        The recent Dracula TV show wasn’t one of the best I’ve ever seen but it managed to get the balance between vampiric violence and atmosphere just right in my opinion. It held my interest as Dracula attempted to craft a human persona and find ways to hide his true nature while also showing him indulging in his bloodlust in a way that truly captured the perfect way of portraying vampires as far as I’m concerned.

  3. I have read the books from which this series is based and I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy (as well as the comics) so I have high hopes for the TV series.

  4. Love the “strigoi” reference, it means “evil ghost” in romanian :)

  5. I gave the first book in the series a try, but I didn’t finish it; I didn’t like the writing style. Maybe the show will make up for that.