You may have caught wind of an upcoming Showtime program called Penny Dreadful, but maybe the name is all you’ve heard? What is the show about exactly? Well, you can jump to the synopsis below or watch this handy video blog giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the production and some insight on the inspiration behind the new series.
The series stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway, and Billie Piper in what’s pegged as a “psycho-sexual horror”. Wait… “sexual horror”, does that mean there’s chance we’ll get to see Doctor Who star Billie Piper naked? The supernatural tales are all well and good, but clearly, I’ve found my reason to tune in *grin*. Alright, that was a little shallow and pervy of me. The promise of nudity aside, this looks like a fresh and amazing take on the Gothic genre. And that’s promising considering the over exposure of classic monsters in the mainstream.
In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation.