You’d think that vampires would be averse to the summer season, but instead they’re all coming out to play. The final season of True Blood arrives on HBO in June – and in July, FX will premiere the first season of The Strain, a horror series based on the novel of the same name by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The two writers co-scripted the pilot episode of The Strain and will serve as executive producers for the rest of the season. Del Toro’s first feature film, Cronos, was a vampire movie and he later went on to direct Blade II, so it’s safe to say that he’s comfortable in the genre.
The Strain kicks off with a Boeing 777 arriving at JFK airport, completely dark with the shades pulled down and all communications offline. CDC investigators Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mía Maestro) soon discover that the plane is carrying a deadly virus that mutates and transforms its victims into blood-sucking parasites.
A new TV trailer for The Strain offers a brief tease of what’s to come in the show, including the very first stages of the viral outbreak and a glimpse of the Master (Robert Maillet) taking down an unfortunate victim. Harry Potter and Game of Thrones actor David Bradley plays Abraham Setrakian, an experienced vampire hunter who will most likely be tasked with exposition duties during the pilot.
This new trailer is one of only a few glimpses that we’ve seen of The Strain so far. A found footage teaser showed rats gathering on the streets of New York City to herald the arrival of the Master, while other teasers have only shown brief (albeit creepy) clips of imagery that represents what’s coming in the show.
With their wizened looks, retractile proboscises and parasitic worms, the vampires of The Strain probably aren’t going to be as sexy as their modern day competitors – hopefully, though, they can at least bring the scary back.
The Strain premieres Sunday, July 13 at 10/9c on FX.