So, what takes your fancy? A dash of werewolf? A sprinkle of witch? A peppering of suspense? A dollop of horror? A drizzle of chaos? A glazing or originality? Whatever takes your liking, this show is guaranteed to please.
From creator John Logan comes this refreshing, riveting, and addictive show: 'Penny dreadful'. Horror fans, bow before this man, he has brought you a truly incredible series!
We are in Victorian London, which is fascinating enough from a historical point-of-view, but then comes the turmoil. We have a man who discovers a monster lurks within him, which he struggles to control. Then, we have a prim and proper young lady with a rather interesting past, who has caught the eye of a truly evil being, who will not rest until she is his. Add this with a Doctor we all know very well - Dr Frankenstein - and his creation. Or is it creations? Oh, and let's not forget Mr Dorian Gray himself, who has supernatural abilities and many-a-fetish that needs to be fed.
So, have I piqued your intrigue yet? No? Well then try this on for size. The setting is not only alluring but realistic. We can truly imagine how it would have been to live in the 1890's in London. The vast difference in that part of history - when all said and done, isn't that far in the past - is unbelievable. From how they passed the time, the popular jobs, society, technology, politics, law enforcement, homes, traveling, and how people conduct themselves. We see everything, from rich to poor, sane to crazy, and weak to strong.
The characters themselves are just as important as the storylines unfolding with a perfectly controlled, steady pace.
Eva Green portrays a tormented Vanessa Ives with elegance tinged with the constant knowledge that something is seriously wrong with her. I seriously enjoyed watching Ms Ives, from her social gatherings to the supernatural threats she faces. I hope to see a lot more of Eva Green landing roles in the horrorverse.
Josh Hartnett (Halloween H20, 30 Days of Night) is no stranger to horror. However, this role is more than the leading man in a horror flick, this role is a challenging one to take on. But no surprise, he tackles it with remarkable skill. A werewolf is one thing, roar! But, the man who is dealing with it is another entirely. He stresses how bad living with the darkness truly is. Not to mention, he is an American living in Britain, with family seeking him out, wanting him back.
Those are just two of the brilliant characters within the show. The acting, as a whole, is practically flawless. Every actor has taken their role seriously and while keeping the spirit of the myth alive, have also brought their own twist to it. Which is just as important as keeping the memory of that being alive in my eyes.
Thus far, we have superb acting, captivating storylines, and a detailed and enticing set. As usual, the visual effects and makeup team have clearly worked hard to portray scenes of brutality, as well as bring creatures and monsters to life!
All in all, this show is perfect in every way. It is currently on Netflix, and I highly suggest you hop on over and get started. Episode after episode, you are glued to the screen, amidst a spell if you will. Be sure to comment on this blog if you plan on watching it, or have already started to watch it.
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