FX’s upcoming adaptation of The Strain, based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s trilogy of vampire novels, is poised to be the creepy, horror-themed show of the upcoming summer TV season. After spending a fair amount of time building us up with one spooky teaser after another, we’re finally getting close to seeing this for ourselves. The network has teamed up with the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, and they’ve now unveiled two fantastic-looking Mondo posters created specifically to mark this event.
Entertainment Weekly debuted the posters that were crafted by Phantom City Creative and will be on hand this weekend when FX is scheduled to premiere the debut episode of The Strain for the first time, which is why they commissioned these two pieces. They definitely fit in with the overall level of creepiness we’ve seen from the promotion for the series so far. Maybe they’re not as straight-up spooky as a worm crawling into someone’s eyeball, or watching a room full of zipped-up body bags start to twitch in unison, but the stark, black-and-red design certainly gets the intended point across. This is going to be scary and unsettling, you have been warned.
The Strain follows the exploits of a group of Centers for Disease Control doctors, a so-called “Canary team” because they’re the ones sent into unfolding situations first in order to determine what kind of mess they’re dealing with, much like the caged birds were once lowered into sketchy mines. Led by Doctor Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the crew goes in to New York City after an ancient plague of what appears to old-timey vampirism surfaces in Manhattan. Together with a collection of everyday New Yorkers, they may be the last line in of defense between the disease, the so-called Master vampire, and the future fate of the human race. So no pressure or anything, just go about your business like everything is fine.
This recently delivered extended trailer gives you your best look yet at the series, and shows you more of what to expect on a week-to-week basis. Writer/producer/Lost alum Carlton Cuse is also along for the ride, and the cast includes Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand. The 13-episode season of The Strain kicks off on Sunday, July 13, which gives you yet another show to fit into your already full-to-overflowing Sunday night TV-watching schedule.