Summary of 'the strain' pilot
  • Black person: Hey, I should die first
  • White people: Hey lets touch weird shit without gloves and masks
  • White person: I hear a sound, let me go find it alone....y'know and get brutally murdered
  • Nazi Vampire: I have weird eyes
  • Medical Practitioner: I will grab a beating vampire heart, because that shit is weird
  • other white person: I will let my clearly dead daughter back into the house
  • Cool but dumb old person: I will sound hella crazy and bring a sword into the airport because that shit is normal

True Blood meets true horror in The Strain

Tonight’s pick: The Strain – FOX8, 8.30pm est

FANS and critics are raving about Guillermo Del Toro’s original take on the horror genre with The Strain.

When a plane lands with everyone on board dead, Dr Goodweather and his team are called upon to investigate. But what looks at first like a viral outbreak might be the beginning of something more sinister. What is the virus? And what does it turn its victims into?

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a rating of 87 per cent. It’s brilliant work from the director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim.

- Charles Purcell