From the continual barrage of teasers, posters, and photos we’ve seen lately, you’d guess that the FX horror drama The Strain would be closer to release that some as-yet-unspecified date in July. It feels right around the corner. Still, it’s probably a total blast to come up with these creepy, unsettling short videos, and they’ve definitely got the market cornered on unnerving fans and potential viewers. But not content to rest on their laurels, the team is back yet another short and spooky clip.
I haven’t read the books by Guillermo del Toro and his writing partner Chuck Hogan that serve as the source material, so I don’t know if or how this latest offering, entitled “Beauty,” fits into the story of a vampire plague in New York City, but it sure sets the mood. In fact, I don’t know if the subjects of any of these videos have a damn thing to do with the plot or not. So far we’ve seen rats, eclipses, worms burrowing into someone’s eyeball, twitching body bags, and a creepy dude with a cane scattering candy on the ground. Maybe it all plays into the story, but it certainly seems like they’re throwing together whatever they can to make people’s skin crawl, and I’m okay with that because so far they’ve been pretty damn effective.
“Beauty” clocks in at a whopping 16-seconds, and shows a beautiful woman with the profile of some nasty-looking dude growing out of her throat. Perhaps this is supposed to be a vampire, the face bears a strong resemblance to the creature from Nosferatu, which would provide a link to the subject matter.
Aside from esoteric imagery, The Strain is about a group of Centers for Disease Control doctors, led by Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), who travel to Manhattan to asses and combat the sudden outbreak of bloodsuckers. You can understand how such a thing would be a problem in such a populous urban setting. Together with a group of everyday New Yorkers, they may form the last line of defense for the human race against this plague of ancient evil. Sounds like a good time to us. And if you slap del Toro’s name on just about anything we’re liable to give it a watch, and the fact that he’s highly involved is even more exciting.
Right now there is no set in stone date for The Strain, all we have is the vague “sometime in July” promise from the network, a fact this teaser reiterates. In addition to Stoll, the show also stars Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.