If Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming series on FX, The Strain, is even a fraction as creepy as the promos and marketing, we’re in for some eerie stuff when the show premieres this summer. Three short new teasers only prove this point, and I don’t know what the hell worms have to do with a show that’s supposedly about vampires, but they sure do make your skin crawl. The network has also dropped four pictures of the cast so we actually have an idea what the week-to-week episodes will look like.
This first clip gives new meaning to the term “heart worm.” You have my sincerest apologies, I’m very tired, but I don’t regret that pun in the slightest. Over the years we’ve learned that in horror-themed movies and TV shows, when you think something like a body or a monster or an internal organ is long dead, it’s not. So right from the second that you see this heart in a jar, you expect it to beat. It’s still unsettling when it does, but you anticipate the action. The Strain ups the ante, however, and throws in an angry ass worm, just to drive home their point.
This teaser sticks with the worm motif. You’ll want to be sure that you’re wearing shoes when you walk through this particular patch of dirt, especially how they form into a biohazard symbol. If the worms are doing that, you can safely assume that things are pretty terrible and you won’t be living much longer.
These next worms are just flat out pissed off. If you were forced to swim around in whatever that viscous white goo is, you’d probably be rather angry as well. Again, I don’t know what any of this has to do with the actual logistics of the show, but they do go a long way towards setting the mood.
Based on the novels by del Toro and his writing partner Chuck Hogan, The Strain follows a group of CDC doctors who are sent in after an ancient plague of vampirism takes over New York City. Led by Doctor Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the team, along with a crew of every day citizens, may be the last line of defense between the outbreak and the rest of humanity.
If you didn’t believe that this is a serious disease, just take a look at those suits Goodweather and company are wearing. If wardrobe is any indicator, they are not messing around. You also get the impression that there will be a lot of time spend wandering through dark places, which, considering what we know about vampires, makes a certain amount of sense.
Lost alum Carlton Cuse serves as showrunner, and the show also stars Sean Astin and Mia Maestro, both pictured, as well as Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez. The Strain premieres July 13 on FX.