Sat down with my Mom and watched The Strain premiere on FX tonight. I happened across a copy of The Strain almost a year ago in a bookstore bargain bin. My Mom happened to be looking for something new to read, and enjoys horror, so I bought it for her. She loved it. Read through it and the two sequels as quick as she could get them. When FX announced the series was coming this summer we were both pretty excited and it was a no-brainer that we would have a small premiere gathering. With that out of the way, let’s jump into actually talking about The Strain premiere on FX.
This show is refreshing in the most unusual way. It portrays Vampires as scary monsters. What a concept… No sparkly or sexy vampires here. Many thanks to the vision of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan for making vampires scary again. The series premiere has started out following the book very closely and all the characters are true to their print counterparts. The opening scene is a little modified, but clearly serves as a better opener for television as it grabs your attention with some action before turning to tense drama with suspense. The show is gory. I say that, because articles are already popping up like the gore factor was unexpected. I could understand that if you did no research about the show or the books. But it is what it is. This is a fantastic horror show.
One of the characters I am looking forward to most is Abraham Setrakian. This old man portrayed by David Bradley (from Harry Potter and others) has some amazing backstory that will take some time for the show to touch on, but is definitely worth the wait.
Another big surprise to me was Sean Astin. I didn’t want to spoil too much for myself by researching before watching, but it was good to see him in a new, different role. I’m very happy about the casting choice because Sean Astin is coming to Wizard World Nashville this year, and is definitely on my list for a photo op or autograph.
With a story and characters closely following the book versions, this is sure to be a success. The visionary success for at least the premiere is that it was written and directed by Hogan and del Toro, the writers of the book series. Visually, this has del Toro all over it. He definitely knows how to make a twisted, amazing world. I tried to keep this article as spoiler free as possible so there will be some mystery for you to discover on your own. So, keep your receivers or DVRs pointed to FX on Sundays for The Strain and watch the world change in a scary new way.