The Future Of Gothic Horror Is Here In ‘Penny Dreadful’

In our modern world, we have various television shows featuring gothic horror themes. Every once in awhile, we get one that is a cut above the rest… visualistic, captivating, brilliant in cinematography and brimming with acting talent. For this generation, Penny Dreadful is that television series, one that is worth every binge watching second. It is unique in so many ways that trying to point to one specific aspect is difficult. With a mashup of old horror monsters in a modern day vision of Gothic horror, the show features characters that break your heart and enthrall you. You will love Penny Dreadful, and every moment of it is exceptional.

Eva Green portrays the tortured psychic Vanessa Ives

You get a huge collection of characters never before seen together on screen, including worried father Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), Eva Green, a psychic with immense power, a gun-slinging American named Ethan Chandler (30 Days of Night’s Josh Hartnett), Reeve Carney as the eccentric, asexual artist Dorian Grey, Frankenstein’s first creation (John Clare) and Dr. Victor Frankenstein himself (Harry Treadaway). You just can’t help but feel deeply for all of them, even the ones who are completely evil. With great insight into each aspect and character of the show, you get something that hasn’t been done in a long time.

John Clare as the sad, heartfelt first creature of Dr. Frankenstein

Don’t expect your usual happy ending with Penny Dreadful, but that is the appeal of the show. With death counts rising, mental statuses fading, and secrets coming to the surface, the end of the third and final season will have you feeling so devastated that the story will not continue for a fourth year. But the finality of the situation is somehow satisfying, and it gives you the strange satisfaction of knowing that there will truly be peace.

Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives

The new series, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels, is sure to be suspenseful and interesting, but the original will always remain the best. From the many heartbreaking moments to the bloodcurdling, skin crawling visuals, Penny Dreadful will remain a one of a kind television series that is sure to capture a new audience and inspire many new artists to take on gothic horror projects. If you’re a fan of old school horror monsters, you will love the wonderfully written spiderweb of this series, pulled in as each character’s story dovetails into the others to form one brilliant storyline. There’s also an amazing, eponymous followup comic book series to fill in some of the side stories and explain characters in more depth. Penny Dreadful is a brilliant and amazing collaboration of classics, and every moment of this show is memorable and brilliantly done.

Did you watch the original series? Are you excited for Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels? Let us know in the comments!

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