TV Series: Penny Dreadful

      Penny Dreadful is a smart, stylish, sexy and carefully crafted gothic-horror TV series that offers a unique twist on some old legends from Victorian London times. The story centers around a rich world-exploring father who is living in creepy late 1800s London looking for his missing daughter. He suspects evil forces are behind her disappearance.  Helping him search for this lost soul are famous and gifted actors Eva Green (the 300: Rise of an Empire, Casino Royal) and Josh Harnet (Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor). Woven into this main story, with only some awkwardness, are some spooky characters from…

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Summary : You will love to be scared by this monster of a show!

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      Penny Dreadful is a smart, stylish, sexy and carefully crafted gothic-horror TV series that offers a unique twist on some old legends from Victorian London times. The story centers around a rich world-exploring father who is living in creepy late 1800s London looking for his missing daughter. He suspects evil forces are behind her disappearance.  Helping him search for this lost soul are famous and gifted actors Eva Green (the 300: Rise of an Empire, Casino Royal) and Josh Harnet (Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor). Woven into this main story, with only some awkwardness, are some spooky characters from popular horror literature whom you will surely recognize; but I won’t spoil it here. Despite the difficulty of combining and wielding these previously constructed legends of lore, the writers do an  excellent overall job of maintaining the new fiction and orchestrating the ensemble of characters -both alive and dead- in a satisfying way. And while Penny Dreadful is a gothic horror  for sure, the violence and gore are not the centerpieces of the drama; which is a testament to the clever script, well-developed main characters and plot intrigues that sustain the show’s pace and tension. Who needs unending blood and yet another Hollywood fight when there is intelligent mystery, suffocating foreboding, and evil lurking in the eyes and breath of each character? Not me!  However, when Penny Dreadful does get “down and dirty,” it does so with a nasty vengeance. In short, if you like gothic-horrors that strap you down with suspense and drama as it’s executioner’s axe pendulates between the magic of the supernatural world and the all too authentic grime and desperation of  the slums of London, this show is for you. Watch it if you dare, just not alone.

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