“The Strain,” Guillermo del Toro’s new TV series


Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hell Boy, Blade) is making a TV series about vampires called The Strain. Below the creepy teaser shows a shaky frame with a bunch of rats. Through their spreading a disease, they have something to do with creating the most horrifying of vampires. The show is based on three books written by Toro and Chuck Hogan.

Toro definitely has a thing for blood suckers, but he can flip the concept pretty well. His first attempt was 1993’s Cronos. An old antique dealer, Jesus Gris,┬ádiscovers an ornate golden beetle hidden in an ancient statue. The beetle embeds itself into Gris and gives him eternal life, but obviously there’s a catch. Gris can’t take daylight and he develops an appetite for human blood. The story is a clever variant on a classic tale. I love his work and Idris Alba too, but Pacific Rim, although well received, was just barely worth sitting through. Fingers crossed for The Strain. Check the Cronos trailer below.

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