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Guillermo Del Toro's The Strain will feature vampires unlike any we have ever seen

Jan. 15, 2014by: Alex Maidy

As we await the first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's FX series THE STRAIN, some new images from the show have made their way online. Based on the novels written by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, THE STRAIN is a contemporary retelling of the classic vampire story with a twist. Reading the novels you get a very Michael Crichton/ANDROMEDA STRAIN medical thriller vibe mixed with the supernatural bloodsucker element. But, before you begin to roll your eyes at the prospect of another vampire story, think again.

Much like the creatures from BLADE II, Guillermo Del Toro's vampires in THE STRAIN are not your traditional interpretation. LOST and BATES MOTEL showrunner Carlton Cuse, who will oversee THE STRAIN, shared some details at the recent Television Critics Association press tour.

“You'll never look at vampires the same way. These are not sparkly, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems. These vampires, or to use the Romanian word, tragoi, are really scary creatures…

The books are well-represented in the show, but the series is a deeper and richer experience. It's a really interesting vision of the vampires. There’s a wonderful mythology about these vampires and their backstories. They're sentient, and it's a layered force of antagonism that our characters are up to in this story, which differentiates itself from other shows in the genre.”

THE STRAIN does have a much grander scale story to it which likely comes from the fact that when Guillermo Del Toro couldn't get it made as a film, he adapted it as a trilogy of novels, which is now becoming a cable series.  There is a large scale story with a finite ending which means the series, like HBO's GAME OF THRONES, can play with events along the way while knowing the path is well defined. 

Get excited people because THE STRAIN has all the hallmarks of being a great viewing experience.  Starring Corey Stoll, Sean Astin, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland and Miguel Gomez, THE STRAIN hits FX this summer.

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9:27PM on 01/16/2014
because Guillermo is involved I'm interested. I look forward to a trailer.
because Guillermo is involved I'm interested. I look forward to a trailer.
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11:58AM on 01/16/2014

I'm still out because of vampires

Twilight vampires are not the only reason vampires are so tired. The whole thing is just overdone, the market is oversaturated with them and I find any version of vampires to feel stale and uninteresting at the moment. I think we just need a break from them, but apparently that's not coming.

And I mean, 'vampires unlike any we have ever seen' and then I read further and all it says is it's not Twilight vampires, they're brutal, they're scary... uh, we've seen that -- plenty of times
Twilight vampires are not the only reason vampires are so tired. The whole thing is just overdone, the market is oversaturated with them and I find any version of vampires to feel stale and uninteresting at the moment. I think we just need a break from them, but apparently that's not coming.

And I mean, 'vampires unlike any we have ever seen' and then I read further and all it says is it's not Twilight vampires, they're brutal, they're scary... uh, we've seen that -- plenty of times before. 30 Days of Night, Blade, Daybreakers, the Underworld movies, From Dusk Til Dawn, etc. etc. etc.
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2:21AM on 01/16/2014
Yo Carlton Cuse, it's "strigoi" not "tragoi"!
Yo Carlton Cuse, it's "strigoi" not "tragoi"!
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11:11PM on 01/15/2014

For once, the hype doesn't lie

I've also read the books and yes, the strigoi are very different from previous vampires. It's tempting to say they're the anti-TWILIGHT but del Toro and Hogan actually deconstructed vampire myth with this series. The series references classic tales, but with a very distinctive twist.
I've also read the books and yes, the strigoi are very different from previous vampires. It's tempting to say they're the anti-TWILIGHT but del Toro and Hogan actually deconstructed vampire myth with this series. The series references classic tales, but with a very distinctive twist.
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8:58PM on 01/15/2014
I've read all three of the books. If done right, this series should be epic. I won't spoil it but let's just say that this series is incredibly, incredibly ambitious and dark.t. The strigoli (as they are referred to in the books) are nothing like the Twilight style vampires we've been subjected to. They are grotesque and horrific, there's nothing remotely sexy or romantic about them. The head strigoli, The Master, is also one of the most formidable and powerful villains that I've ever
I've read all three of the books. If done right, this series should be epic. I won't spoil it but let's just say that this series is incredibly, incredibly ambitious and dark.t. The strigoli (as they are referred to in the books) are nothing like the Twilight style vampires we've been subjected to. They are grotesque and horrific, there's nothing remotely sexy or romantic about them. The head strigoli, The Master, is also one of the most formidable and powerful villains that I've ever encountered in fiction.
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8:34AM on 01/16/2014
This makes me feel like reading the books now.
This makes me feel like reading the books now.
6:49PM on 01/15/2014
Like any Del Toro project, consider me anticipating this with much excitement. FX knows how to deliver great quality television.
Like any Del Toro project, consider me anticipating this with much excitement. FX knows how to deliver great quality television.
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6:21PM on 01/15/2014

Unlike anything we've seen before

I don't know about that. We've had vampires that can walk in the day, ones that give interviews, and even whiny young adult vampires in love that sparkle.
I don't know about that. We've had vampires that can walk in the day, ones that give interviews, and even whiny young adult vampires in love that sparkle.
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11:05PM on 01/15/2014
Read the books.
Read the books.
5:20PM on 01/15/2014
Hey it's that bald guy from House of Cards (last picture)!
Hey it's that bald guy from House of Cards (last picture)!
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