FX is premiering the highly anticipated The Strain on July 13, and we couldn’t be more excited. Set to be the “thriller of the year,” with an ancient vampire mythology (based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan), The Strain aims to sway from the romanticized stories of vampires (Twilight is dead, for those of you stuck in 2006). It hopes to bring the horror with an all-star cast and creepy effects guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies. Plus, with the team of award-winning writer/director Carlton Cuse (ring a bell, Lost fans?) and del Toro (of Hellboy franchise and Pan’s Labyrinth fame), how could it not be good?
After watching the first four episodes, we can honestly say we haven’t been this excited since we found out In the Flesh was renewed for a third season—OK, you caught us; it has yet to be renewed, but, come on, that show needs to get renewed yesterday.
All right, enough of the shameless plugs. Let’s break down why watching The Strain is a no-brainer.
1. We’ll say it one more time: Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro. Carlton Cuse is one of our personal heroes. If you haven’t watched Lost, send us an email, and we’ll personally give you our Netflix log-ins so you can have a marathon. That show invented the term “gives me feels.” And Guillermo del Toro? He’s a monster fanatic who knows how to deliver the fascination to the big screen.
From the critically acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth to the blockbuster Pacific Rim, del Toro brings the perfect combination of action and horror. With the added genius of character-development all-star Cuse, we hope this is the “it” show of season.
2. It’s got Samwise Gamgee. Sean Astin of The Lord of the Rings and Rudy fame (not to mention The Goonies) stars as Jim Kent, who works at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We recently saw an interview with Sean at a Comic-Con last year, and let’s just say the guy’s not giving any spoilers away. What we can say is that Astin is a bona fide movie star, and his presence solidifies the hype.
3. It has other movie stars too. Corey Stoll of House of Cards fame joins the cast as Eph Goodweather, a career-driven man struggling with his family situation who works for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There’s also David Bradley of Game of Thrones, who plays Abraham Setrakian, a man in his 80s with a mysterious past.
Well, Nina Dobrev, we aren’t sure if he has all the answers, but he knows something about what the CDC is investigating.
4. A refreshingly terrifying take on vampires. If you’re sick and tired of vampires in pop culture that sparkle in the sun, date high schoolers and eat bunnies, this is your show. Not only are the eternally damned in The Strain evil, they’re downright unnerving.
See what we mean? The suspense this show is bringing to TV is unlike anything else on right now. To be honest, we had to look away a few times … and watch it with the lights on.
5. Cast of colorful characters. The show quickly introduces an array of supporting characters from all walks of life. There are some interesting characters we think could become major players, and we’re looking forward to delving into their backstories as the season progresses (which they start to get into right off the bat). Hopefully, The Strain uses their expansive cast in a good way and brings all of the characters together, so they’re actively integrated into the main storyline. If they go the way of True Blood season 6, it could be their downfall.
So, are you excited? If not, the fact that the promotional billboards’ “disturbance” has taken to Twitter is also intriguing.
Listen, “The Strain” billboard, with your worm-coming-out-the-eyeball… Stop ruining EVERY MORNING.
— Sian Heder (@sianheder) June 26, 2014
Girl, get yourself some coffee and buck up. The Strain is about to take us for a wild ride, and you can thank us later. For the rest of the future fans, sound off with your thoughts on the show—and don’t forget to tune into the series premiere on Sunday, July 13, on FX at 10/9C. Until next time … #FangsOut
Watch the trailer for FX’s The Strain: