First, let me say, I don’t do horror. At all. I just find no need for it. I don’t enjoy being scared. Matter of fact, I just hate it. But what I do love is all things Victorian England and paranormal stories. I know…very strange combo and considering a good deal of paranormal stories have been turned into bloody horror films/tv shows. But I can admit, I love Vampire Diaries and the Originals. Sue me. Well, I am eating my words a bit with this series….I love Penny Dreadful even though it is horror. It is full of all the things I love and hate in a tv series. Should be interesting to see if I last to the end!
This is Showtime’s description of the show: Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
Without really even looking at the show page, I decided to watch it based off a preview. That isn’t like me at all. I usually research things to death before I commit. Well, I didn’t this time and I am glad I just went for it. I was hooked after the first episode. It pulled me right in.
The cast is fantastic and includes a number of movie actors: Eva Green (I think she is absolutely stunning and loved her in Casino Royale) as the mysterious and alluring medium Vanessa Ives, Timothy Dalton as the brave explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, and Josh Hartnett playing a role that fits him well, a befuddled American named Ethan Chandler who doesn’t understand what’s going on, but is willing to come on the ride along. We are also introduced in the first episode to Harry Treadaway as Victor Frankenstein. This group comes together to help Sir Malcolm on his quest to rescue his daughter (the future Mina Murray who is more than likely based on Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula) from what Vanessa refers to as “the demi-monde” . Vanessa explains it to “A half world between what we know and what we fear,” Vanessa explains. “A place in the shadows, rarely seen but deeply felt.” A place where “unfortunate souls are cursed to live always.”
There have only been two episodes this season so far and I believe only 8 are slotted for the season. Episode Two didn’t disappoint. Enter Dorian Gray. I love him in literature and I sure do think I am going to love him on this show. Wow.
Watch it. Be intrigued with me.