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We learned nearly a year ago that FX Networks had renewed The Strain” for a third season. Based off Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain Trilogy, the vampire outbreak series has a strong following. It was a bit surprising when it was announced that season three would only consist of 10 episodes, three shorter than each of the past two seasons (13 apiece). It will be great seeing Dr. Goodweather (good ol’ Eph) and his allies enter the 24th day since the outbreak. To whet our appetite so we can endure the next two months until its debut, FX has released the official trailer for season three.

The transformation has begun.

It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die.

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history…and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures. They need to find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable…before they become monsters themselves.

The Strain stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío.

Season 3 premieres Sunday, August 28th at 10pm.

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Jim Mickle‘s Stake Land quickly became an underground hit and a new and interesting look at vampires and what might happen if a vampire outbreak destroyed society as we know it. Blending the vampire and apocalypse genres into one film that delighted horror fans. It looks like Glass Eye Pix has been secretly shooting a sequel, The Stakelander, along with Dark Sky Films and Syfy that just completed production. Seriously, no one knew this was coming and until the announcement of completion, a sequel to Stake Land was a hope forgotten. (more…)

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In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Death at a Funeral (the remake)…. This is not the resume of a man that wants to make a new Syfy series about a female Van Helsing, Vanessa, that wakes up in a future overrun by vampires and joins the family business, but this is what Neil LaBute is doing next. The genre-based cable channel is picking up LaBute’s next TV project, which is paradoxically a spin on the titular character’s nemesis from Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, but can the man behind the Wicker Man remake end up doing something awesome with the campy premise? (more…)

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For several months FX has been offering unsettling little teases about their new series The Strain. Adapted from the first novel in a series written by collaborators Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, it was originally planned as a story for television. When Del Toro couldn’t find buyers, he took the literary route, eventually leading us to what might just be the future in TV horror. (more…)

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Looks like Guillermo del Toro‘s return to vampire adventures (remember Blade II, arguably the best of the Blades) is going for the jugular, both literally and figuratively. The Strain premieres next month, but below you can get your first, long look at the series and what del Toro and Co. have in store. Let’s just say that this may be the vampire show you’ve been waiting, or rather it’s the vampire show you’ve been waiting for if your ideal bloodsucker is more Bram Stoker than Stephanie Meyer (or Charlaine Harris) for that matter. (more…)

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The FX Network is showing that they’ve got some serious gall when it comes to their original series. Not only does American Horror Story have some of the freakiest imagery on cable TV, Sons of Anarchy has pushed the limits of TV-MA with its sex and ultra-violence, while Louie has proven itself to be the most artistically minded sitcom ever created. Now comes The Strain, Guillermo del Toro’s vampire series. And if the latest poster and promo are to be believed, it’s going to fit in just fine with the rest of the network’s challenging line-up.

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I have to tell you right off the bat that I haven’t watched a single episode of True Blood. I know, I know, what the hell is wrong with me? It’s just that Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Big Bang Theory, and a whole lot of life got in the way. So you can imagine that when I had this teaser to cover, that I might be a little confused, but I’ve been confused before. (more…)

TCC – Q&A with Author Brad Middleton

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And you thought you loved vampires. Author Brad Middleton is such a fangatic he wrote an entire book about the hows and whys vampires appear on the small screen called, Un-Dead TV: The Ultimate Guide to Vampire Television. Soon another tome will be added to his bookshelf with The Great Fright North, a book that chronicles and lucrative and surprising connection between Canada and all things horror. At the Toronto ComiCon this weekend, Middleton was on hand to meet fellow familiars and Nerd Bastards caught up with him to talk about his obsession with the macabre. (more…)

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Last May, I wrote about the coming of a new Latino-interest English language network to be called El Rey (have a look, in case you missed it). The new network is the brainchild of director Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, The Faculty, Spy Kids, Machete, Sin City) and is owned by Spanish language television giant Univision.

I also mentioned that El Rey will kick off with a new TV series based on Rodriguez’s Mexican-flavored vampire film franchise: From Dusk ‘Til Dawn. Today, we bring you the show’s official trailer (click the word “more”…well, for more. Duh).  (more…)