OK, Mrs. Horror Boom HAD written up a fairly eloquent intro to this intelligent (and sad) piece by Jeff “Doc” Jensen on EW.com, which included two intelligent, thoughtful reviews and some really good point about The Strain, but then the goddamned laptop suddenly crashed and for the only time, WordPress didn’t save a draft for me. Also there’s a heat wave that makes me feel like any moment, I’m going to melt into one of the winos in Street Trash who drank “Viper”, so I don’t have the energy to start from scratch (apologies). I will add a caution that when the article comes to the “when real life interrupts TV” portion, you might not want to read it somewhere you don’t want people to see you getting choked up. Click “view original” in the lower left to read the entire article – if you’re a fan of “The Strain”, we can’t recommend it enough!
I actually think the spot called “The Pupil” goes a little too far (even though it’s CGI). Perhaps it’s the fact that my eyes are kind of red and itchy from an allergy flare-up, which is terrible timing. Here they are below; someone on You Tube made a compilation, so thanks for that… DAMN.
aaand here’s the new one, titled “Countdown,” where you actually get a glimpse of how hideous the vampires look (that may be the “Master” vampire at the end there; if they all are like this, I don’t see how any humans are going to be left to be characters on the show):
Jesus, those things are scary! They’re sure not like those candy-ass vampires that sparkle in the daytime …then again, I’m not a tweener. That’s a good thing; other than True Blood, I’m tired of the current hot vampires (and sexy as the TB vamps are, they’re shown doing some very ugly, monstrous things). Oh, and these vampires “shed” –I’m guessing permanently–their genitals, so forget sex anyway. Maybe that’s why these ones are so vicious and pissed-off.
From the official press kit:
A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team 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.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.
Writer, producer, director and novelist Guillermo del Toro has built his career on bringing fantasy and horror to vivid life. He wrote and directed the dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered six Academy Award nominations, including one for del Toro for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. The film went on to win three Oscars. Named by The Hollywood Reporter as a “Master of Horror,” del Toro’s other film credits include Pacific Rim, Hellboy and the upcoming Crimson Peak starring Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain.
The Strain premieres July 13th on FX!