Well, stuck with Virgin media, which hasnt the rights to show the Atlantic channel, my only way to see this was to buy this season 1 set. In the words of Mr Milliband, Was I impressed? "Hell Yes"!!! This is a huge Eye candy From Sky Original. I must admit, I my appetite was already whetted, because Im already a Huge Bond fan, and Eva Green and Timothy Dalton are among my favourites. I was also quite surprised to see Bond producer, Sam Mendes as part of the production team.
As an old Hammer Horror buff and off the X files series, I wasnt quite prepared to be shocked!! There is a lot going on in series, to much to go right into, but its rated 18 for a very good reason. But this is no low budget American slasher outing, this is a sumptuous banquet of Victoriana at its best.
To its credit, its refreshing to see adult content of quite a really graphic proportions, and not try and hide it behind over zelous censors. Each episode, you really dont want to watch while having dinner or at midnight!!
Im only into disc 2 second episode, but thats enough already, to see the incredible performances of all actors in this Feast. Timothy Dalton is well cast of course for this kind of outing, Eva Green, what can you say about her, except, she gets better and more accomplished every time she appears on screen. Rory Kinnear, surprises us, from being mild mannered "Ms" assistant to a totally different beast / person, which shows hes an underestimated actor. "Seance" so far is my favourite episode, its just so......WoW!, it makes the Ouija board film look like an afternoon matinée. Great screenplay and good camera skills, make you almost jump out of your seat. Technically, the effects, like the glass table fracturing are flawless, as is Greens performance as the medium, for her fathers sins, totally blown away, with the colourful language, and the depth of her charactor. Who would have though Dr Whos Assistant Billie Piper would also stand up as the Irish Prostitute, obviously suffering consumption, but totally believable. Josh Hartnett, seems to be taking all in his stride, until that is he, is subdued by the young man, who i think is a vampire?? Two guys ripping of each others clothes, and Eva Green making love naked to a ghost, is just so shocking, its positively delightful, that then scenes are there for a purpose, and I found the going back in time with her sister, walking on the beach, and Vanessa goes through a traumatizing time, locked up in an aslyum, which was heavy stuff. from time to time guest actors arrive, and was more than happy to see the great David Warner appear as Professor Van Helsing.
If you love Gohic, love the victorian era, want to watch a good horror story that pulls no punches, with a cast to die for, look no further than "Penny Dreadful".........Just, please be responsible and not let it into the hands or be watched by Minors, it is a powerful series, with some extreme violence and a lot of hard sexual content, Grannie would also probably pass out!! Highly recommended!! 5*****