First Teaser for THE STRAIN from Guillermo del Toro

     December 2, 2013


The first teaser spot for Guillermo del Toro’s FX horror series The Strain is now online, but you’ve probably already seen it.  The spot premiered during the mid-season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but its content was intentionally vague in the hopes of sparking up a conversation.  Remember the “found footage” video of hordes of rats crowded the city sidewalks? Yep, that’s for The Strain.

The Strain stars Corey StollDavid BradleyMia MaestroSean Astin, and Kevin DurandCarlton Cuse will step in as showrunner while del Toro remains onboard as an executive producer.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser.

Check out the teaser spot for The Strain below (via Bleeding Cool):

“He Is Here” viral video clip first aired during The Walking Dead’s Season 4 MidSeason Finale on Dec.1, 2013 #TheStrain – Follow us on Twitter: @TheStrain_TV

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  • LIKE IT IS!!!

    Found footage… ? Really? Bored… to… death…

  • tarek

    yeah… big meh. I hate these blair witch-like movies. enough.

  • alk

    *shudders.* Horror isn’t just dead…it’s the measley remains of dust and broken, shattered bone pieces still continuing to be r*ped over and over…this shit is so oldd….

  • Old Soldier

    Eh, better than the Saw movies.

  • TheNinjaMax

    I see del Toro has taken a page from J.J. Abrams with this teaser. :/

  • Jeff

    since I am a huge Del Toro fan I was highly anticipating the show. After watching that teaser all of a sudden i’m not interested. Found footage stuff just isn’t for me. Disappointed is an understatement.

    • ManuelRamosDelgado

      The teasers are found footage, not the actual show. I’ve read the books and if you’re a Del Toro fan you want be disappointed as far as the source goes.

      • alk

        why the fck would they make just the teasers/promotional stuff found footage? I would think the filmmakers/Del Toro would be smart enough and aware of the fact that audiences are sick and tired of found footage and would understandably mitakenly believe the whole thing was found footage…unless otherwise noted, yea??

      • Mike

        Not everyone is as angry at found footage as you guys. I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Cloverfield, chronicle and End of Watch were all good, and I haven’t seen many other “found footage films

      • ManuelRamosDelgado

        I’m also getting tired of found footage, but as long as they only use it for the teasers, i’m ok with it.

  • mrl72

    Awful promo. Just awful.

  • Kevin

    Pretty effective teaser. Creepy, but intriguing enough to draw interest.

  • Nerdgasm

    I love the books. They aren’t groundbreaking but they pack a punch of thrill and are extremely fun and as long as the show captures that, then I am okay with it. As far as the found footage stuff is concerned I could see these one of two ways. Del Toro camp could be making Faux “this is actually happening to the world” segments to center the show in some type of realism before the show launches much like Sony stamping Spider-Man symbols in cities for The Amazing Spider-man… orrrrr the show could be found footage which wouldn’t surprise me cause it certainly could be adapted that way. The first book follows CDC agents trying to figure out what’s going on… the only issue is that the latter two books would not work as well with found footage as characters split up and many have their own story lines…. either way and that being said this was a terrible way of starting their online campaign. hopefully something better comes out… I’ll still check out the show when it airs.

  • Jack le Critic

    Oooh Rats…just like downtown Delhi…everyday life for a lot of Third World populations…

  • Brent Stires

    magically appearing rats is terrifying!

  • JudgeMethos

    It’s Del Toro, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt…

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    I did indeed see this during the Walking Dead and had not the slightest clue what it was, except maybe one of those commercials that get cut off half way through and replaced with another (not sure how widespread a practice this is, but Suddenlink specializes in it).

    I don’t see the problem with the using “found footage” for a teaser. Yes it’s been done to death in the past few years, but it was used well in this particular instance.

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  • jrp6048

    The rats running away is a major part of the story and the found footage could be referring to a video made in book 1. If the series follows the book it wont be found footage

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