FX Networks and Guillermo Del Toro‘s The Strain looks absolutely fantastic. It is scary, suspenseful, gory and has great pacing. I am saying this after watching the first 4 episodes of FX’s The Strain and believe me, I watched the TV series with high expectations and I was not disappointed. FX’s The Strain premieres this Sunday July 13, 2014 and it has been agony keeping this news from our HellHorror.com fans for this long. Cast in FX’s The Strain are David Bradley, Anne Betancourt and Nikolai Witschl.
We were sent a really well done press kit that screams Guillermo Del Toro’s vision and direction - big fan of Del Toro. The box opens up to reveal the special book revealing intricate details on the TV series. Sorry for not posting more details as they might spoil too much.
I love the simplistic but gripping intro; bloody letters that spell out "The Strain." This TV series is definitely scary and gory so rest assured, it is what you want to see. I could not wait to watch the next episode and after watching the final 4th episode, I just need to see the entire season.
We open with the plane in flight where Del Toro quickly teases a scary Vampire from Berlin. We skip forward to seeing Andrew Divoff as Bishop, this guy is great. Del Toro proceeds to character development that seems very fluid and natural, I usually get bored easily at these moments but they were good. Sean Astin is another actor I could not wait to see what his character was like, and Astin delivers a solid role. We then get to see our seasoned vampire hunter Abraham who is aged but is still very tough. Del Toro shows off Abraham’s experience at the expense of some petty thieves. This was a bitter-sweet scene for me however and possibly the only scene that I did not like, very unlike Del Toro. I loved the vampire coffin reveal because it has so much character besides being huge. The coffin is hand carved, 9 ft tall, very old, filled with mysterious soil and has a suspicious inner latch to close from the inside; yeah, you know what I mean.
Should you watch FX’s The Strain, most definitely. You will not be disappointed and the episodes do leave you craving for the next episode. I watched the episodes 4 times already and I can watch them another 4 times. I was a little worried that FX’s The Strain may be too similar to Syfy’s Helix but this is an entirely new beast of a horror TV series.
"The Strain" (2014)
Synopsis: A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.
Directors: Guillermo del Toro, Vincenzo Natali, Howard Deutch, Guy Ferland, David Semel, T.J. Scott, Ken Girotti, J. Miles Dale, Deran Sarafian, Peter Weller, Phil Abraham, Charlotte Sieling, Kevin Dowling
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Producers: Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, J. Miles Dale, Gary Ungar, Cory Bird, Regina Corrado, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, Ra'uf Glasgow, Richard J. Anobile, Andrew Zolot, Elizabeth Ann Phang, Gennifer Hutchison, Glen Whitman
Musicians: Ramin Djawadi
Editors: John M. Valerio, Anthony Miller, Sarah Boyd, Kathryn Himoff, Christopher Nelson, Gena Bleier, Anthony Redman, Russell Denove, Nona Khodai
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