Fox’s new extended trailer for the upcoming psychological thriller The Following brings cinematic quality suspense to the small screen. The series comes from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), and stars Kevin Bacon as troubled former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, who returns to the field after the brilliant and sadistic serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from prison and resumes his killing spree. Adding an extra dollop of creepiness to the proceedings, Carroll is no longer working alone and has managed to amass a cult of followers ready to do his bidding.
The intensity level in the trailer is almost unreal–and this is just the general audience trailer. Between the guy shimming down from a crawl space just out of sight of an unsuspecting police officer, the suicidal woman covered in words and the bloody Poe-inspired message scribbled across the wall of a crime scene, it’s clear that The Following intends to scare viewers silly. Check out the trailer for yourself below. Do you think Purefoy’s Carroll is menacing enough to wreak all of that havoc?
The Following premieres Jan. 21st at 9pm ET/PT on Fox.