I did a book review on Guillermo del Toro’s vampire trilogy a little over a year ago for Biff Bam Pop!. The review was on all three books: The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal. I love horror and I love stories about vampires, even the ones that sparkle, but after reading the first two chapters of The Strain, I had a very hard time falling asleep. It was freaking scary. That’s saying a lot considering that I’m a professional ghost hunter and I don’t shock easily. Will the television series live up to the books? Find out after the jump.
This Sunday, July 13, at 10 PM on FX, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s horror drama called “The Strain” will premiere. There will be thirteen episodes and it stars Corey Stoll as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, David Bradley as Professor Abraham Setrakian, Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet, Mia Maestro as Dr. Nora Martinez, and Robert Maillet as the vampire who brings the nightmarish terror to the people of New York.
The book and the television series begin after Flight 753, a Boeing 777, departs from Berlin and lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport. There is no further contact made from the cockpit to the tower. The authorities are under the impression that they are either dealing with terrorists or some sort of biological epidemic. Two top investigators from the CDC, Drs. Goodweather and Martinez, are called in. Dressed in biohazard suits, the scientists enter the plane and a nightmarish puzzle. With the help of a Holocaust survivor, Abraham Setrakian, the CDC team finally realize that what was found on that plane was only the tip of the iceberg.
This is not your typical vampire story. There are no sexy vamps, and no one sparkles. Sex is the last thing on this Master Vampire’s mind. I think we are long overdue for a good old fashion horror story about vampires and Guillermo del Toro is just the man to deliver it. Make sure to watch the show this coming Sunday, and don’t forget to stock up on garlic.