UPDATED: Billboards for The Strain Are Freaking People Out – Including a Paranormal Activity Actor!

Billboards for The Strain Are Freaking People Out - Including a Paranormal Activity Actor!What a bunch of babies! Apparently billboards for FX’s upcoming “The Strain” featuring some kind of a worm either coming out of, or going into, an eyeball are too much for residents of Hollywood to handle, and they’ve taken to Twitter to bitch about it.

Okay, so maybe you don’t necessarily want to see a close-up of a worm-penetrated eyeball while you’re trying to choke down your Egg McMuffin in the morning, but is it really that big of a deal? Well, people need something to tweet about. It can’t all be pictures of food and cute cat videos.

And we’ve heard from some celebs on the Twittersphere regarding “The Strain” billboards. Paranormal Activity 2 star Molly Ephraim herself has spoken out. Ephraim tweeted, “Billboard for ‘The Strain’ or whatever that godforsaken thing is w/ the thing in the eyeball on my street; can I call the Mayor to complain?”

And to really hammer her point home, she followed up with, “NO BUT SERIOUSLY I CAN’T DEAL WITH THOSE POSTERS FOR “THE STRAIN” I NEED THEM REMOVED CITYWIDE.”

Funny, horror didn’t bother Ms. Ephraim that much when she was cashing those PA2 checks.

And for good measure, Nicholas Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and writer of The Muppets, did another bit of fine writing when he tweeted, “Hey, ‘The Strain’ billboards: f— you! People have little kids in this city who don’t want to be scared out of their goddamn minds!” Really? It’s a little gross, that’s all. People aren’t running through the streets in a terrified frenzy.

Anyway, we’ve included some other bellyaching tweets about “The Strain” billboards below. For those of you who dig this kind of stuff, prepare yourselves for the series premiere on Sunday, July 13th, on FX.

UPDATE: Per EW, following all the outcry, the only way FX could “worm” itself out of this predicament was to yank the images. “We are in the process of replacing the key art for ‘The Strain’ on outdoor media in several locations,” said the network in a statement; however, they would not specify where the changes are being made.

Billboards for The Strain Are Freaking People Out - 
Including a Paranormal Activity Actor!

Billboards for The Strain Are Freaking People Out - Including a Paranormal Activity Actor!

The ensemble cast of “The Strain” includes 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.

“The Strain” is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

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Scott Hallam

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  • shallowcuts

    yeah its a little too intense for open public display. i dont have kids but my older bro and sis do. little kids. this could absolutely traumatize a young child and any good parent would be very keen to protect what their kids are exposed to, whether willingly or not.

    • Sirand

      Had I seen this thing around town as a kid, I would’ve been traumatized. Hell, I’m an adult and that images makes me squirm.

      All these big and bad horror fans are saying things like “Pussies” and acting all persecuted… but for fuck’s sake, there’s also a time and a place for this stuff. Not everyone can handle seeing Fangoria images thrust in their face at the bus stop.

      • MonsterMash

        They shouldn’t have to either, much in the same way I shouldn’t have to see TV commercials for the garbage others watch or ad’s before youtube videos. It’s hardly worth getting upset over. Sounds kind of silly to try to say one is ok and not the other.

  • Sirand

    Y’know, I totally understand the outrage about this and why they’re taking them down.

    It’s way too disgusting an image for bus stops. If I saw that poster as a little kid, I would’ve freaked the fuck out.

  • Rottenjesus

    What a bunch of pussies! It’s a billboard for a HORROR show! Not some shitty sitcom on ABC!

  • MonsterMash

    Yeah fuck that. It’s a general bias against horror that allows this shit to happen. That PA2 check-cashing comment sums this up perfectly.

  • frank_dracman

    I can see kids freaking out. Adults, on the other hand, need to grow the fuck up and stop bitching about anything that even remotely upsets them. God I hate social media.