If you’re a fan of Guillermo del Toro and a fan of vampires, you’re going to want to pick up the “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker’s latest fictional effort, “The Fall.” The second part of his novel series that started with “The Strain,” del Toro’s latest proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is nothing sparkly or — dare we say it — “Twilight“-y about his approach to the bloodsucking menace.
“Our trilogy is dedicated to a parasitic feeding entity,” del Toro told MTV News about the vampires in his novels. “These guys don’t sparkle. They won’t take you to dinner. You will be dinner. They are mouths with a stomach and a collective brain — the terrifying inhuman aspect of vampirism.”
“The Strain” and “The Fall” focus on an epidemic that breaks out and converts a city’s population into a massive assembly of murderous, bloodthirsty creatures — and anyone who has seen del Toro’s body of work knows that the storyteller doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to guts and gore. But that’s not to say that the filmmaker has something against the comparatively softer approach to vampires as seen in the “Twilight” franchise; it’s simply not a take that he’s particularly interested in.
“The other aspect is perfectly genuine, and I don’t put it down, but it’s an area I have no interest in,” del Toro explained. “I’m not attracted to the Byronian badboy that vampires can be. That’s an analogy I don’t pursue. But we do find people that are reading both types of fiction and enjoying it. Diversity is the key to happiness.”
Del Toro had much more to say on the topic of “The Fall,” one of the most thrilling works of vampire fiction to hit the market in quite some time. For more information on the novel, check out the full report from MTV’s Eric Ditzian and let us know what you think in the comments section and on Twitter.