Ever wondered how award-winning writer/director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) might tackle an epic vampire tale (aside from Blade 2, that is)? What if he were given an unlimited budget, state-of-the-art special effects and a cast of thousands? Well, in a way, you and your pals can get that wish gift-wrapped this year – if only on the movie screens of your own imaginations – in the form of The Strain, the first of a planned trilogy of novels written by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (acclaimed author of Prince of Thieves) depicting a vampire plague carried into New York aboard an airliner full of blood-drained corpses.
Imagine an apocalyptic outbreak-style thriller crossed with Dawn of the Dead or 28 Days Later, then throw in a bit of old-school Nosferatu-flavored supernatural menace, and you've got a dead-of-winter page turner that will keep the readers on your gift list in a white-knuckle trance.
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