This summer is shaping up to be a good time for genre fans on television. Shows like Extant and Outlander are set to debut, but one of the most intriguing upcoming series has to be Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain. We have a basic plot description, and there have been a handful still photos of the characters, but we don’t know a whole lot about what it is going to look like on an episodic level. This latest teaser, another in a long line of esoteric but ominous glimpses at the show, doesn’t tell you much, but it certainly does set the mood.
Based on the series of novels by del Toro and his writing partner Chuck Hogan, The Strain tells the story of a strange viral plague that descends on New York City, causing the infected to turn into hideous vampire-like creatures. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, played by Corey Stoll, is the head of a Centers for Disease Control Canary team, so-called because they go into hostile environments like canaries used to be sent down into mines. As the disease spreads, Goodweather and his team investigate the outbreak, and along with a crew of random New York residents, they very well may be the last line in the defense of the human race.
This video isn’t quite as unsettling as the last teaser, that one with that nasty worm eating its way into someone’s eye, but this is still creepy as all get out. To be honest, I have no idea what the hell is going on right here. There’s a cane tapping and pounding on the ground, scuttling around, scattering handfuls of candy all across the ground. I don’t know if that’s from the books or what, but that sure does create an eerie feeling. Is some vampire-ish creature trying to lure little children into some sort of trap? That’s the kind of feeling you get from this bit, but who the hell knows. Maybe those of you who have read the books can shed some light on this. Regardless, it definitely sets up the tone that the show is going for, and bears the comical moniker “Candy Cane.”
In addition to Stoll, The Strain also stars Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez. At the moment we know that the show will premiere in July on FX, but beyond that there is no more specific word.