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Penny Dreadful - Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, PENNY DREADFUL completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.
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A second series ('season' if you're in America) is planned apparently, so we'll see if the writers manage to continue (or improve upon) the excellent story-line.
Even if you're not keen on supernatural / horror stories, it's worth giving this a go for the period recreation which is very well done (costumes / sets) but watch out, there's more than a bit of bodice ripping going on. The goriness aside, there are some fairly graphic scenes involving the lead characters........
The acting across the board was great, Josh Hartnett as a stoic and mysterious American with hidden depths managed to bring a lot of character moments to his Ethan Chandler that were surprising and intimate. Eva Green was spellbinding as a dark gothic beauty with possible demonic possession and managed to form the core of the series, everything seemingly revolving around her, and some of the choices and extremes that as an actress she goes too are scintillating. Finally Timothy Dalton is possibly the best I have ever seen him here, stealing the whole show for me with his portrayal of a vain and damaged man.
Overall if you like atmospheric horror then this is the show for you, it looks stunning in HD and you can tell that good money was spent on getting this correct. I cannot wait for season 2.
The very concept of having all these different and equally famous literary characters under one roof sounds convoluted and potentially messy, and yet the show manages to weave all of these characters together into one coherent narrative. Faces such as Dr. Frankenstein, Van Helsing, and Dorian Grey are all present here, so if you're a fan of classic gothic literature from the likes of Oscar Wilde and Mary Shelly, then naturally this will intrigue you. Some original characters are added into the mix too, such as the mysterious and enigmatic Vanessa Ives as played by Eva Green, and Green's performance here is one of the best I have ever seen in any TV series. I'd describe to you just how versatile Green's performance is, how much passion and energy she places into this challenging role, but it's better if you find out for yourself.
All the characters are perfectly cast, with Timothy Dalton being a particular selling point as Sir Malcolm, but I was particularly touched by Harry Treadaway's performance, and Rory Kinnear is also given a very unusual role to play and gives an equally unusual and tender performance to match it. I won't reveal any more than that in terms of characters.Read more ›
Central to all this mayhem is the figure of Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green who gives an astonishing performance as the possessed friend of Mina whose aforementioned father, Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), is convinced holds the key to his daughter's fate: so chuck in a bit of the Exorcist as well! A brilliantly hammy turn by Simon Russell Beale as an utterly dotty Egyptologist and a curious sprinkling of Billie Piper as a consumptive Irish prostitute completes the dish. All we are missing is Mr Hyde: but (hopefully) it's still early days yet!Read more ›
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This is excellent Gothic horror. The series weaves aspects of the stories of Dr Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Grey into one narrative. Read morePublished 2 days ago by The Quibbler
Well penny dreadful you were dreadful. I'm very open minded with tv shows, but this was such hard work.Published 3 days ago by matt
The horror genre disappoints so often that Penny Dreadful at least deserves credit for puncturing the diseased, deadened flesh of consistently betrayed trust with a failure of such... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent original dark gothic horror. Eva Green is mesmerising as Vanessa Ives.
Well written, directed and acted. Highly recommended.