Steampunk joins horror literature in a TV series

Penny Dreadful by Showtime.
Priest asks Vanessa, “do you really want to be normal?” ( zoom tight to actress Eva Green) Viewer hears a whisper breath of air but no answer is forthcoming. Season One of Penny Dreadful concludes.

My knowledge and experience horror literature is as pale as the haunted souls creeping throughout this a TV series from Showtime. ( now on Shaw On Demand, MC. ) I saw the trailer and was hooked, not just by the strong cast but by the amusing cross references with Dracula, Frankestein, Dorian Gray, Shelley and Woodsworth. Books, theatre and science are plentiful bridges to the eight episode sequences. I needed to put aside the obvious literary misgivings of the borrowed themes but enjoyed it just the same. It’s a fun horror ride with delightful writing that weaves poetry and literature throughout the script. Visually PD is rich and dark as is the setting of 19thC London.


“Penny Dreadful” stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, with Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, and Harry Treadaway rounding out the cast. The series is written and executive produced by John Logan of Desert Wolf Prods., and executive produced by Neal Street Prods.’ Pippa Harris and Sam Mendes.

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IMDB REVIEWER | 12 Jul 2014
“After a slightly shaky start, (I think trying to encapsulate the stories of Frankenstein and his monster, Dracula, Dorian Gray, not to mention a rip-off of “The Exorcist”, wit
h a werewolf thrown in for good measure, might have been going a creature or two too far), “Penny Dreadful” turned out to be one of the year’s more pleasant, as well as nastiest, surprises. Unlike the pretentious, art-house gore-fest that is “Hannibal” this was imaginative, fast-moving, just the right side of silly when it needed to be and intelligent, (and suitably gruesome), in just the right proportions, adhering very much to the spirit of the originals if not to their text. It was also very well acted by a decent and starry cast, (as a young Victor Frankenstein and his creature both Luke Treadaway and Rory Kinnear were outstanding while even Josh Hartnett acquitted himself quite well this time round), written and directed. For once I’m looking forward to Series Two already.”

IMBD , Anthony Mcculley | 13 May 2014
“Penny Dreadful is to horror what Game of Thrones is to fantasy and Walking Dead is to the zombie apocalypse – its all about the characters and story lines that are only possible when set in their unique universes.
This show is amazing. Everything from the sets, to the acting and directing… Eva has turned in two Emmy nomination worthy performances already.
Even if you don’t like horror – go check this show out. Such a unique twist on the classics. I can’t tell you how excited I am about TV right now – people are finally starting to get it… there is a market for mature, gritty, raw, and complex characters set in worlds that were once considered nerdy and childish.”


Variety. ‘Showtime Sets ‘Penny Dreadful’ Encore on Halloween ‘

IMDB. Penny Dreadful.

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