Does anybody remember The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? The movie, not the comic book? With all the weird literary figures teaming up to fight…something? My mind’s kind of hazy but I think it ended Stephen Norrington’s directorial career. If we’re lucky, maybe this new Showtime horror series will put Josh Hartnett down for good.
I kid Hartnett, as anybody who’s ever worked with Brian De Palma is cool by me, but Penny Dreadful definitely gives off an LXE vibe, what with its teaming of Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a Victorian England setting. I might be cynical, but it also doesn’t help that Showtime is responsible for perhaps the most heartbreaking attempt at a horror series in the history of cable (the failed Masters of Horror experiment). Maybe I’ll give this one a try if Stephen King calls me up and says “hey…it’s aight by me”. I don’t see that happening, though and today’s new trailer does nothing to convince me otherwise.