Don’t expect vampires to sparkle in this upcoming apocalyptic drama series from Guillermo del Toro.
If you’re looking for vampire stories that have more in common with Bram Stoker’s original Dracula than Twilight, you’ll definitely want to check out The Strain, which premieres July 13th on FX. This Guillermo del Toro project was initially conceived as a television series, but when Del Toro couldn’t find anyone to back it, it was reimagined as a series of novels – but now The Strain has landed back on television.
Like The Walking Dead‘s treatment of zombies, The Strain envisions vampirism as a disease, making the drama – which starts off with the CDC investigating a grounded plane – feel more like a crime procedural than a supernatural or fantasy series. However, there’s plenty of horror to be found in Del Toro’s gruesome vampires, which simply can’t be romanticized. As showrunner Carlton Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter, “These are not sparkly, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems. These vampires, or to use the Romanian word, tragoi, are really scary creatures.”
With the tone we’re seeing in this first trailer, we expect plenty of Walking Dead comparisons after the season starts. If that sounds like your kind of vampire story, then look for The Strain on FX this summer – or get a head start right now by reading the books or comics.