What’s cooler: the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new novel, The Strain or that vampires are scary again?

June 10, 2009

Most of you know I’m a big horror fan, in particular when it comes to the zombie-apocalypse genre. Something about the end of the world makes me happy.

“Slumdog Millionaire” was swell but for me Danny Boyle will always be the director of “28 days Later” and “28 Weeks Later.” I believe the visual intensity he brought to Slumdog was absolutely learned making the above-mentioned horror films.

Like a lot of people, I’m frothing at the mouth to see the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s terrifying novel, “The Road.” Early reviews promise no compromise in the delivery of McCarthy’s bleak, dystopian vision. John Hillcoat directs from a script by Joe Penhall.

Another Academy Award winning director, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) just released a novel he co-wrote with author Chuck Hogan. The Strain is a vampire tale but, rest assured horror fans, it is far removed from the fey Twilight series. Thank God! Maybe 14 year-old girls and bored suburban housewives find those vampires threatening but I’ve had roommates who were more frightening. The Strain is about a gruesome virus let loosed upon New York. The resultant strain of vampires are hideous, blood thirsty monsters. They want to eat not forge relationships.

From what I’ve read online, the gifted director tried to sell The Strain to cable TV but the project got nixed. So he teamed up with Hogan (himself an accomplished thriller writer) and created the novel. It is apparently book one of a trio.

What’s also cool is there are films advertising The Strain on the Internet. I’ve posted one above. These “commercials” were made to look like movie trailers and, indeed, they had me fooled. The fact that they are for a novel should give readers and writers of the printed word a reason to cheer. Imagine: viral films made for a book! The fact that they are so baddass should give horror fans a thrill.

For my first novel, The Last Generation I also made a faux trailer. For legal reasons, I couldn’t really use the film. But it’s pretty cool. Take a look. If you’re smitten, The Last Generation is still available online. Right next to The Happy Soul Industry.

One Response to “What’s cooler: the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new novel, The Strain or that vampires are scary again?”

  1. Shon said

    The trailer is brilliant. What a way to advertise for a book. I enjoy your site. “The Group Lunch”, really hit a mark. You can tell Jeremy that I think he did a great job on Bing.

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