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The Strain

Network: FXEpisodes: 46 (hour)Seasons: FourTV show dates: July 13, 2014 -- September 17, 2017Series status: EndedPerformers include: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Mía Maestro, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Jack Kesy, Sean Astin, and Robert Maillet.TV show description:      A high concept thriller, this TV show follows Doctor Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.When a plane lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport with the lights off and doors sealed, Eph and his team --including Nora Martinez and Jim Kent -- are called upon to investigate. Inside, they find 200 corpses and four survivors.Later, the bodies start disappearing from the morgues and the team soon realizes that it's a mysterious viral outbreak --
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[A Brew To A Kill] Septic Man and The Brown Note

I don’t believe in Karma. But there may be something to it. I’m sitting in my basement getting a whiff of my own shit while trying to write about a movie called Septic Man. Nothing like a good rain to get the sewer backed up. Ugh. Here’s hoping I can get power through this while holding my nose.

Water contamination in a small Canadian town forces an evacuation. That is when plumber Jack (Jason David Brown) is approached by a strange man (Julian Richings) who asks him to look into the cause. Years ago, Jack was able to fix a similar problem and received no recognition. After convincing his pregnant wife (Molly Dunsworth) to leave without him, he goes to investigate at the water treatment plant. Unfortunately for Jack he his trapped in a giant septic tank by metal mouthed, non talker, Lord Auch (Tim Burd) and
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‘Septic Man’ DVD Review

Stars: Jason David Brown, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Molly Dunsworth, Timothy Burd, Stephen McHattie, Nicole G. Leier | Written by Tony Burgess | Directed by Jesse Thomas Cook

Some films are just crap, but Septic Man is literally about it. In the first few minutes you may get to see a lot of human waste, but if truth be told if the movie has a bigger problem than that… it may be slightly constipated.

Jack (Jason David Brown) is a sewage worker who is known to be good at his job. When government official Phil Prosser (Julian Richings) gives him an offer he can’t (or isn’t) allowed to refuse he finds himself investigating problems in the city water system which are leading to a plague of diseases, even death. When he finds the source though he finds himself trapped in the water treatment facility at the mercy of two strange brothers intent on killing him.
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The Strain Recap: Nursery Crimes

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The Strain Recap: Nursery Crimes
A long-standing cultural paranoia has come to pass amid The Strain’s strigoi siege: A popular goth-rocker is, in fact, an evil demon seeking to insidiously infect the minds and hearts of his followers. That would be the show’s ostensible Marilyn Manson stand-in, Bolivar, whom the Master has selected as his latest vessel. During a showdown with Quinlan, the newly rejuvenated lord of darkness explains that he selected Gabe on account of his loyalty. Although it’d suffice perfectly fine if Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan kept Bolivar around purely to achieve the aforementioned satire. Either way, the Master 2.0 looks pretty badass, so it’s an upgrade for both him and the host. (We will miss you, Robert Maillet.)At the Throggs Neck warehouse that’s currently doubling as a feeler nursery, the Master and Eichhorst find themselves staring down Setrakian and Quinlan several yards away. It’s
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The Strain Season 2 Episode 1 Review – ‘Bk,NY’

Martin Carr reviews the first episode of The Strain season 2…

Having failed to defeat The Master, Ephraim and his team retreat to Red Hook and begin fortifying their position…

Guillermo Del Toro directs the opening ten minutes of season two with skill, precision and delicacy. Coming across as part Grimm faery tale, part moral fable. We are treated to high-end storytelling, which adds breadth and backstory before dropping us back into present day Manhattan. Where a split second flashback to last season’s finale, aids the unfamiliar in catching up on The Strain as it hits the ground running.

Once more David Bradley’s Abraham Setrakian stands out from the crowd. Like an ailing Van Helsing circa nineteen seventy something, he piles conviction into a performance which never drifts into caricature. Kevin Durand’s Vasilly Fet meanwhile shows similar skill, playing quietly confident and unfazed without a false note. Just
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The Strain Recap: “Bk, NY”

At the end of The Strain's first season, Setrakian and the gang suffered a devastating defeat when their tactical assault drove The Master into direct sunlight, and yet he lived on, fleeing back into the underground. For Season 2, The Strain travels back in time with its opening sequence, a prologue directed by Guillermo Del Toro that is packed with narrative seeds that have already begun to sprout by the episode's end. The prologue picks up in a 1932 Romanian village where a childhood Abraham Setrakian begs his grandmother to tell him the tale of Yusef Sardu...even if it's a scary one. The scene travels back even further in time where we pick up with Sardu (Robert Maillet), a benevolent Polish nobleman who suffered from Giganticism. Yusef was content with his lot in life, a jovial childlike “gentle giant”, but his brother was shamed by his condition and organized a
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The Strain Season 2 Review: The Strigoi Slayers Return to New Horrors

The smartest move FX’s vampire horror series The Strain makes in its return is opening its first episode with Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), and a little history. Setrakian is the show’s most heroic character, a strigoi-slaying badass with a sword cane and inestimable amounts of knowledge, and The Strain is at its best when it’s able to show off its effects and its action sequences. So the choice to kick off Season 2 with a look back at the mythology and chaos that created The Master (Robert Maillet) is the perfect way to reorient viewers with the world, and get everyone excited about the season to come. From there, though, things are a little less certain. In between the completely gross aesthetics of the strigoi (their appearance, their habit of vomiting out worms, their blood-sucking projectile tongues, etc) and the nicely edited scenes of heads being chopped off
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TV Review: ‘The Strain,’ Season 2

TV Review: ‘The Strain,’ Season 2
Despite its literary underpinnings, “The Strain” gradually became more comicbook-like throughout its highly entertaining first season, and fully embraces those qualities for the better launching into season two. Having settled on a solid core of players after some casualties along the way, the show forges ahead with a strong sense of momentum and vision, as well as an intricate mythology that connects the ancient evil of the series’ vampire race, the strigoi, to the past. FX dramas are full of dark corners, but unlike many of those other shows, this fast-paced hour benefits enormously by not taking itself too seriously.

Lest anyone has forgotten, a towering vampire called the Master has invaded New York City, unleashing a viral outbreak of bloodsuckers with the help of a wealthy businessman (Jonathan Hyde), who thirsts for the gift of eternal life; and a former Nazi (Richard Sammel), who has achieved it. Those opposing
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The Strain: Season Two Coming to FX for Summer

FX has announced that season two of The Strain will kick off this summer. There will be 13 episodes.

On The Strain, a team of disease control experts are called in to investigate when a plane lands in New York with 200 corpses on board. They soon discover that a viral outbreak has begun that could overtake humanity. The first season's large cast included Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Mía Maestro, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Jack Kesy, Sean Astin, and Robert Maillet. (more…)
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Exclusive Video Interview With Mia Maestro On The Strain

The Strain may have just concluded its first season, but the fun continued last week during the New York Comic-Con Lunar Eclipse party. Fans of the FX series were invited to The Delancy Rooftop Garden Nightclub where some of the cast, including Mia Maestro, Natalie Brown, Jim Watson, Robert Maillet and Robin Atkin Downes, were in attendance.

Created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who also penned the trilogy that spawned the show, The Strain follows Cdc workers Eph (Corey Stoll) and Nora (Maestro) as they battle the outbreak of a vampiric infection. Though it had its ups and downs, the first season of FX’s spooky series went over quite well with fans and critics alike, providing a ton of fun and thrills along the way.

During the Lunar Eclipse party, which included decor and cocktails inspired by the hit show, we had the chance to sit down
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Nycc ’14 exclusive: “Strain” star reveals “Rabid Dogs” remake details

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Nycc ’14 exclusive: “Strain” star reveals “Rabid Dogs” remake details
While chatting with Fangoria at this past weekend’s New York Comic-Con about his role as The Master in FX’s The Strain (more on that soon), towering actor Robert Maillet revealed his role in Rabid Dogs, the recently wrapped remake of Mario Bava’s thriller a.k.a. Kidnapped. A French-Canadian co-production, the new Rabid Dogs (a.k.a. ENRAGÉS) was […]
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TV Review: The Strain: Season 1, Episode 13: The Master [FX]

FX’s The Strain The Master TV Show Review. The Strain: Season 1, Episode 13: The Master, is much more than a season finale. With Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and team forced out of Abraham Setrakian’s (David Bradley) Pawnshop, the second showdown with The Master (Robert Maillet) is inevitable. While all this [...]

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The Strain – Episode 12 Review

Martin Carr reviews the twelfth episode of The Strain

As episode twelve concludes we are within sight of the finishing line. Season finales, cliff hangers and pivotal plot points loom like spectres in the night. Past and present coalesce in a Grimm fable of East European origin. A place where old wife’s tales are passed down through generations, whispered round camp fires warning of an ancient evil lurking out there in the dark. Best bolt your doors and windows; because something wicked this way comes…..

When I was child like many of my generation there was no internet, barely anything computerised while mobile phones were a pipedream laughably inconceivable. We were raised on books, books and more books, with the occasional game of Monopoly or Risk thrown in. The point is simple; we had nothing more than our imaginations to depend on for entertainment. Now although those days are well behind me,
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The Strain’s Richard Sammel on Humanizing His Vampire Nazi and Channeling Hannibal Lecter

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The Strain’s Richard Sammel on Humanizing His Vampire Nazi and Channeling Hannibal Lecter
Once Richard Sammel completes his role as Nazi turned vampire Thomas Eichhorst on The Strain, he’d like to display his lighter side on a series like Suits. Seriously. Talking on the phone from his home in Paris, the 53-year-old German-born silver fox makes a point to highlight more comedic work he’s done on stage and screen. And in conversation, he’s markedly looser and more cerebral than his tightly wound, ultimately corrupted Strain alter ego. [Note: Spoilers up through last night’s episode of The Strain from here on out.]But after last night’s episode, in which we witness the turning point of Eichhorst’s origin story (and finally see the Master’s ugly punim) via his willing transformation into strigoi, we were primarily compelled to inquire about TV’s most reviled undead SS serviceman. Sammel, a prodigious talker, also expressed his awe at massive co-star Robert Maillet (who, while unsung, gives the Master his physical
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‘Brick Mansions’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay | Written by Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri | Directed by Camille Delamarre

Hollywood remaking a foreign film is far from a new phenomenon, and adaption in this manner has yielded some truly great films. We have seen such successes like Seven Samurai transformed into The Magnificent Seven, and Infernal Affairs altered into The Departed.

On the other hand, there are movies like Brick Mansions. This remake of the Luc Besson / Pierre Morel French parkour action fest District B13 has much in common with the original including plot structure, action sequences, and even shares one of the co-leads. What it lacks is energy, craftsmanship, and originality. Fans of the original have little reason to examine this new take, and those coming in fresh will also find it difficult enjoy this tired dud of an action movie.
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A Pair of Stills and a Preview Appear for The Strain Episode 1.09 - The Disappeared

This past weekend saw "The Strain" tackle a siege-themed episode reminiscent of Assault on Precinct 13. What's in store for us in Episode 1.09, "The Disappeared"? These stills and preview should offer a few clues.

The ensemble cast of "The Strain" is comprised of Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

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"The Strain" Episode 1.09 - "The Disappeared" (airs 9/7/14, 10Pm)

Eph (Stoll) races to safeguard his family, only to learn that Kelly (Brown) is missing. Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) reveals her role in Palmer’s (Hyde) plan, and Gus (Gomez) is forced to make a difficult decision about Felix (Pedro Miguel Arce). Teleplay by Regina Corrado; directed by Charlotte Sieling.

Additionally, for those of you who are caught up, we have a look at "The Downfall of Jim Kent,
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The Strain Episode 8 Photos Released

The numbers of the vampiric strigoi may be growing in New York City, but Abraham Setrakian and friends take up a new strategy against the creatures of the night in this Sunday’s eighth episode of Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain. New photos from the show’s next installment show ultraviolet lights being wielded like weapons.

Episode 8: “Creatures of the Night” Synopsis:

“After discovering the potency of ultraviolet light against the strigoi, Setrakian gains a new and unlikely disciple. A quick trip to a Brooklyn convenience store turns into a deadly all-night siege.”

The Strain is a high concept thriller from Academy Award® nominated Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse, which is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by del Toro and Hogan.

It tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center
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Creatures of the Night Gather in These Stills and Promo for The Strain Episode 1.08

From the looks of these new stills and promo for the upcoming Episode 1.08 of "The Strain," entitled "Creatures of the Night," finally our main characters are starting to come together. Check 'em out along with another peek "inside" the series.

In the "Inside the Strain - A Novel Approach" video you'll find below Episode 1.08's preview, the cast and crew discuss what differences and similarities exist between the book and the TV series.

The ensemble cast of "The Strain" is comprised of Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

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"The Strain" Episode 1.08 - "Creatures of the Night" (airs 8/31/14, 10Pm)

After discovering the potency of ultraviolet light against the strigoi, Setrakian gains a new and unlikely disciple. A quick trip to a Brooklyn convenience
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The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes and Septic Man!

The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes and Septic Man!
I got a real treat for ya my ghouls: more of what you love… namely, yours cruelly! Ya see, creeps, this here bit o’ wretched writing debuts a brand new format from the ol’ Ouija Board Kid, wherein I annoy—err—entertain you with even more revoltin’ reviews, insane interviews, and other assorted ass-foolery! I present to you the Giant-Sized Man-Thing Treasury Edition Super Special debut of The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii!

This week I turn my unblinking third eye upon the following fearsome flicks: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes, and Septic Man!

Release Date: Available Now on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Xbox, Time Warner, Comcast and Direct TV Written By: Patrick Doody, Chris Valenziano Directed By: Ben Ketai Starring: Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Brent Briscoe

Can You Get A Grip On The Thrills Of Beneath’S Long, Dark Shaft?

Caves and mines: not
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"Septic Man" - It's One Crappy Job

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Sneak Peek footage from director Jeese Thomas Cook's horror feature "Septic Man", starring Jason David Brown as a sewage worker who ends up transforming into a hideous mutant by way of toxic sewage:

"...'Jack' (Brown) is an average sewage worker who has been asked to investigate a water contamination in his hometown that has forced everyone else, including his pregnant wife 'Shelley' (Molly Dunsworth) to evacuate.

"Jack decides to investigate the local sewage plant but ends up getting trapped in a septic tank by 'Lord Auch' (Tim Burd) and his brother 'Giant' (Robert Maillet). They refuse to let Jack out despite his pleas and the toxic sewage eventually begins to transform Jack into the hideous mutant 'Septic Man'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Septic Man"...
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