Saturday, April 26, 2014

FX's summer vampire series "The Strain" is probably going to be VERY creepy

Just check out the poster for the upcoming FX summer series "The Strain":

Yuck!! Worms coming out of a woman's eye?!? I read the trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Logan ("The Strain," "The Fall," and "The Night Eternal") a year or so ago, and I'll just say that this is definitely not a "True Blood" kind of vampire story. It's more like hell unleashed on Earth. "The Strain" (the novel, that is) was particularly effective in the beginning, which has a long set-piece set aboard an airplane that doesn't respond to the control tower yet lands safely. The perceptive reader can already get a sense of what's going on, but of course the characters don't, which is a variation of Alfred Hitchcock's theory of generating suspense. It's moody, incredibly tense, and quite disturbing.

My guess is that this is going to be a really scary summer series. The explanation of the origin of vampirism was kind of surprising, and not necessarily well-integrated, but I thought the trilogy ended satisfyingly. (Hopefully, FX won't pull an "Under the Dome" and turn what would be a great limited series into an ongoing one.)

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