Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro (2010): BOOK

A massive disappointment. THE STRAIN has been sold as an apocalyptic vampire epic, but it's really just a series of recycled ideas from Del Toro's previous work (The Old Man from Cronos, The Long Tongued Vampires from Blade II) that is written in a painfully heavy handed manner by Chuck Hogan. None of the characters are developed further than a single trait (The doctor that loves his son, the rat catcher, the doctor's assistant...), the situations all have have a 'been there, done that' feel to them (Some of them literal recreations from BLADE II), and the pacing is painfully slow: The novel is can be summarized as a series of paper thin people being surprised by vampires. The poetry Del Toro shows on the screen does not translate to the page at all. And this is coming from someone that loves all of his films (Well, maybe not Mimic)

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