‘Penny Dreadful’ Trailer: The Monsters of Victorian London

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Genre and literary mash-ups aren’t anything new – after all, it’s been 70 years since Frankenstein’s monster first did battle with the Wolfman. However, crazy re-imaginings of classic genre tales are all the rage at the moment – one need only look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the more recent, off-the-walls Sleepy Hollow for a taste of the trend.

Showtime will throw its hat into the ring of classic horror showdowns next year with Penny Dreadful, a limited series that will depict a Victorian London haunted by creatures such as Frankenstein’s creation, werewolves, and Dracula-inspired vampires. Billed as a psychological thriller (but with monsters, apparently), Penny Dreadful has released its first teaser preview.

Though Showtime has begun to crank up the hype machine for Penny Dreadful, its production is ongoing. Just last week, Coming Soon reported that Doctor Who alumnus Billie Piper signed on for a starring role in the production. The series also features the talents of Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz), Josh Hartnett (Bunraku), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Helen McCrory (Hugo), Danny Sapani (Trance), and Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn).

Penny Dreadful Title Card Penny Dreadful’ Trailer: The Monsters of Victorian London

Like many television teaser trailers, Penny Dreadful’s first preview shows absolutely no actual content from the series – while also doing quite a good job at establishing an atmosphere of darkness and dread. Shadowed glimpses of matted fur, tattooed bodies, and whip-stitched flesh impressively complement the (perhaps over-the-top) narration. At the very least, we know what tone the show is shooting for.

Executive-produced by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and at least partially directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), Penny Dreadful certainly sports talent behind the camera. Combined with a promising cast, the series could very well transcend its potentially ridiculous premise and deliver something genuinely interesting. Until we actually see footage of its various ghouls and ghosts, the question will have to remain up to our imaginations.


Penny Dreadful will stalk onto Showtime in 2014.

Source: Showtime

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  1. I like the cast and I hope this is
    properly served Gothic Horror
    and not a cliched variety.

    “whip-stitched flesh”
    Great turn of phrase, Kyle.

  2. Helen McRory’s also currently starring in the brilliant Peaky Blinders alongside Sam Neill and Cillian Murphy on BBC2 about a real life criminal gang that operated in Birmingham, England in 1919.

    Lets see if that show and Penny Dreadful gets her as much success on TV as her husband currently enjoys on Homeland.

    This sounds cool but I couldn’t help being reminded of the first half of League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

  3. Show me the money, honey. I would like to like this, but need to see much more before I can decide if this is worth watching or not. Full Monty Monster trailer, please!

  4. a limited series

    Catches my eye. To much TV now adays gets dragged on and very rarely do you get a series that continues to live up to its hype covering 3 or more seasons.

    I like to see beginnings middles and ends as it tells me the storyteller knows how to tell a complete story.

    Hopefully this will be a success telling a story and letting us use our imagination how its world continues to live after the credits roll instead of trying to suck every last ounce of life and money out of it.

    • That’s one of the things I’ve hated about US TV shows (other than the way too many episodes per season and having a several month break in the middle that takes the wind out of your sails), prolonging things with so many seasons that the writing gets terrible before questions are answered.