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The Strain Season 2 Trailer Fights For Survival As New York Burns

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Whenever you mention monsters and Guillermo del Toro in the same sentence, it’s a prospect worth getting excited over. Reviews of the initial run of The Strain are somewhat mixed (I still haven’t had the chance to check it out for myself), but from most accounts as the season wound on, it got all kinds of crazy and awesome. And if this new trailer for season 2 of the FX vampire series is any indication, things are going to stay insane for the foreseeable future.

Based on a trilogy of novels by del Toro and co-writer Chuck Hogan, the basic premise of The Strain is that some kind of ancient biological evil, a nasty old virus, lands in New York City and turns the population into bloodthirsty vampires. A Centers for Disease Control Canary Team, led by Doctor Eprhaim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), are the only ones who can stop it, and team up with a collection of every day citizens to do just that.

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The Strain: Guillermo Del Toro Reveals These Details About Season 2

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The StrainI was a little late to the Strain party, which, now that I think of it, would be a cool theme for a party. I’m imagining everything from vampires to viruses to old dudes with swords—doesn’t that sound fun? Perhaps something like this would be in order for season 2, because even though I watched most of the first season thinking the show couldn’t possibly have another season in it, I was wrong. And Guillermo del Toro recently dished on what’s coming for the next go round. Hold on to your hats (and probably your stomachs)!

There are going to be some spoilers if you haven’t watched season 1, you’ve been warned.

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Pacific Rim 2 Takes Place In A Very Different World But With These Two Familiar Faces

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Pacific Rim 2Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots versus mega monsters sequel Pacific Rim 2 won’t hit theaters for a few more years, but that doesn’t mean we’re not hungry for details, though they do seem rather unimportant in the grand scheme of things. As long as massive mechs battle nasty creatures with the enthusiasm of a small child loudly smashing toys together on a playground, we’re 100% on board. The landscape of the second film will reportedly be quite different, though some key pieces will remain in play.

Talking to Collider while hyping up the impending Blu-ray release of The Strain, del Toro delivered a brief glimpse at what the world of Pacific Rim 2 will look like. In the wake of the first film, it’s a much more peaceful place, as after they closed the rift at the bottom of the ocean, the world’s giant monster problem went away. But then you have all of these skyscraper tall mechs to deal with, and what do you do with them?

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This Pacific Rim 2 Poster Is A Tease But An Epic One

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We’re a long way off from Pacific Rim 2, like damn near three years away, but that’s not going to stop us from getting excited about the prospect of Guillermo del Toro throwing more giant monsters and more giant robots (don’t worry, we know they’re not really robots, but for the sake of convenience, we refer to them as such with regularity). We’re apparently not the only ones pumped up for this, as there is now a new poster for the sequel that the movie released via its Facebook page. And as if that’s not enough, del Toro has talked about possible start dates for production, as well as future installments beyond just one sequel.

Pacific Rim 2

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Guillermo Del Toro On Pacific Rim 2 And The Classic Show That Inspired The Strain

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PacRimDelToroGuillermo del Toro had a lot to talk about at Comic-Con this year. He’s returning to his horror roots with the upcoming Crimson Peak. He’s got The Strain trying to make vampires genuinely scary again on FX. And he’s still riding high on the triumphant announcement that Pacific Rim 2 is coming in 2017, which has got to feel great in light of all the people who shit on it when it under-performed at the domestic box office. And while he’s keeping Pacific Rim 2’s overall story under wraps, he did reveal a few hints about what’s in store for us during a new interview with Hero Complex.

Del Toro has said before that Pacific Rim 2 will raise the stakes and up the action of the original, but given how things wrapped up at the end of the first movie, it will be interesting to see how he continues from there. On a basic level, he says he’ll be mixing things up just so it doesn’t feel like he’s repeating the same sort of action beats we saw last time around. But he also says they’ll be exploring more of the mythology about the so-called “Anteverse,” the alternate universe that was lobbing monsters at our world through a dimensional rift at the bottom of the Pacific. So could that mean an expedition into the Anteverse for our heroes? If so, will that mean mankind figuring out how to create a rift of their own, or will the denizens of the Anteverse open up another one themselves, hoping to get some payback?

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The Strain: Three Things We Liked About Del Toro’s Vampire Tale, And Two We Didn’t

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StrainLast night Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain premiered on FX, finally giving us a look at one of our most anticipated shows of the year. Based on the trilogy of books by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain actually began life as a TV series pitch by del Toro, but when he couldn’t get a network to pull the trigger on it, he went the novel route. Now it’s come full circle back to the small screen with a creepy tale of a vampire plague that’s about to make everybody’s lives a lot more complicated.

There was a lot to like about The Strain, and assuming it builds upon those strengths in the weeks to come, it should make a great palliative for fans who are currently in Walking Dead withdrawals. It wasn’t without its flaws, however. Hit the link below to see our breakdown of three things we really liked about The Strain…and two things we kind of didn’t.

Spoilers ahoy!

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