Showtime has finally released a full trailer for their new show Penny Dreadful, and I have to say I am impressed. The show will revolve around iconic literary characters from classic horror stories including Dorian Gray, Doctor Frankenstein and his creation as well as what appears to be possibly a Mummy and characters from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.
What really impresses me about the trailer is the high quality production values the show has. They seem to have perfectly captured the essence of the era and the mood of horror in Victorian London. Not to mention the incredibly talented cast which features Eva Green (Cracks) and Josh Hartnett (30 Days Of Night) along with Billie Piper and Helen McCroy (aka Rose from Doctor Who and Narcissa Malfoy from Harry Potter).
Horror on TV is currently the big thing, but it’s been a mixed bag. The Walking Dead continues to not live up to it’s true potential, NBC’s Dracula is destined to be left at a single season, and don’t even get me started on the hot mess that has become many of the soapy likes of True Blood or Vampire Diaries. But this looks like it has the perfect combination of star power, production value and a fresh new take on classic characters. We won’t know until May, but this actually looks like it could be on par with shows like American Horror Story and Hannibal.