The people at FX knew exactly what they were getting into when they picked up “The Strain,” the vampire drama from Mexican horror master Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse — so yes, it will be as creepy and scary as you would expect from the man who brought the world “The Orphanage.”
“As you will see, no, we haven’t [held back],” he tells Zap2it at “The Strain’s” red carpet premiere at the ATX Television Festival in June. “The series tries to show the brutality of vampires feeding, so it’s a really, really shocking moment when you see the first feeding.”
This is del Toro’s first foray into television, so he’s glad “Lost” vet Carlton Cuse is by his side as co-creator.
“It’s completely different [from film], and I’m learning from the best,” he says. “We are developing in a way where I bring my ideas to the table but I am listening to Carlton as a guideline, because he is a master on TV. I’m open to learning, to being taught what works, what doesn’t, how to achieve a long-arc series properly, so it’s completely different. Visually, you develop the same way.”
That said, del Toro is happy he was able to direct the pilot and establish the world of “The Strain,” about a mysterious vampirism virus that sweeps the country, but equally as pleased to hand it off to other talented directors for the run of the series.
“It was important [for me] to direct the pilot to set up all the sets, makeup effects, digital effects, wardrobe, blah blah blah,” he says. “But I think it’s important to figure out with Carlton which directors have an affinity for the show, where we can take it in the next season, if we can.”
“The Strain” premieres Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m. on FX.