Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2014
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An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga that 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.
Publisher: Hollywood, California :, Paramount Pictures,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2014
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (435 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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BPDaegan
Sep 25, 2017

Dark, edgy, rich, mysterious, clever ... this is fun!
(*For Adults*)

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augsburgerin
Dec 08, 2016

Just finished watching this and was fascinated right away. Amazing acting by Eva Green as the medium Vanessa Ives.

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honda00
Oct 22, 2016

The music on this show is incredible.....dark and beautiful and gorgeously emotional. There is so much craftsmanship in the series, that it was over budget. A love story in many dimensions.

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jchrisc
Aug 05, 2016

Costume, make-up and set design are by far the best things going for this one. Episode 1 Season 1 was the best one and showed a ton of promise but fell completely apart thereafter. Poor writing, directing, and with notable exception of Green and Dalton, crap casting and acting. It was "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" taking itself way too seriously.

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ositorican
May 29, 2016

At first I was hesitant to watch this series even though I like movies like these with werewolves, Dorian Gray, etc. I have to say I now regret not watching it before. It's a great series. Acting is dead on, no pun intended.

cals_readers May 17, 2016

This is a series that will appeal to genre wonks who don't take themselves too seriously. Practically every stereotype from horror literature is represented in one gigantic orgy of interweaving gothic romance story-lines. The casting and performances, however, are outstanding (especially Eva Green and Timothy Dalton) and the production is adequately creepy. If you're able to sit back and watch television exploit and skewer your favorite classic horror stories without getting indignant you may find some enjoyment is Penny Dreadful. What I'm trying to say is Penny Dreadful is like a Smith's song, you could take it seriously but it's more fun if you're in on the joke.

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jimg2000
Dec 31, 2015

Beautiful actors in or out of pretty period attires, especially draped over Eva Green (recommend to watch her first film "The Dreamers, 2003") My 2 star rating must be in the minority as season three finale is due to broadcast in 2016. Unfortunately the vampire horror genre is not my cup of tea. A super write up at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/06/horror-fiction

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gurujr
Dec 05, 2015

A solid watch for me mixing in famous fictional characters from the Victorian age. Enjoyed the nice shocker endings of most of the episodes. I know there's a season 2 but I hope the series continues for a long time.

7duffy Aug 30, 2015

Loved it. Interwove the stories of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Grey, plus mummy, werewolf, Phantom of the Opera and The Exorcist connections are made and mentions of topical history like Jack the Ripper ... all with some sex scenes thrown in for good measure. Can Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hide on the horizon ? Can't wait for season 2.

brontelit87 Dec 17, 2014

The overall premise of the show and the cast of characters from literature were interesting, but the show was lacking something. The actors were pretty good. I think that Eva Green deserves an award for her quite marvelous performance. She must have been exhausted from the intensely physical part of her performance (her possession scenes are great!). Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton were pretty good in their roles. Unfortunately, Billie Piper's role was totally annoying and unnecessary- Piper's talent was definitely not utilized in her role. I also felt that there were a lot of unnecessary, adult scenes, that mostly didn't forward the plot at all. However, I am looking forward to the second season of this show. Maybe that will be a bit better. This show could have been great instead of okay. I think that the creators of BBC's _Merlin_ are the only ones so far who have been able to make a completely fresh, compellingly new take on well known stories and characters.

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