Special Vampires Unit: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ is ‘CSI’ with the undead

It’s taken almost a decade, but Guillermo del Toro finally has his chance to call a mulligan on the civilized millennial vampire. In the prolific monster maker’s first TV show, The Strain, vampires don’t look like pop stars and sip blood from champagne flutes; they rip your throat out, and probably your dog’s throat too. They secrete weird ooze and grow reptilian body parts. It feels like one long rebuttal to most every vampire to appear on-screen, from Bill Compton to Edward Cullen to Dracula himself. The show, which airs on Sunday, is a hyper-pulpy attempt to merge crime drama and body horror — sometimes too pulpy, if you have a low tolerance for things like literal vampire-zombie-Nazis.

The Strain‘s debut is the culmination of a long…

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