Final ‘Penny Dreadful’ Trailer: You’re Not Alone In The Darkness

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Showtime has released trailer after trailer after trailer for their upcoming Gothic horror series, Penny Dreadful, but to date none of them have been quite like the latest teaser posted above. Instead of showing off footage from the series, and establishing a modicum of plot, this latest clip serves as a character introduction of sorts; every sequence in the promo hints at the background of the series’ principal players, or so it seems, moving from one person to the next in mesmerizing style before wrapping itself up.

Everyone has demons, so marketing for Penny Dreadful likes to remind us, but rather than explore the dread inherent to that idea, this bit instead chooses to reassure us: whatever grim, inward or outward burdens you may carry, there are others out there who bear the weight of their own hardships. Then again, maybe that’s not actually much of a relief given the nature of the program, perhaps even less so when we consider the sources – it’s not very encouraging to hear all of this from monster hunters, spiritual mediums, macabre doctors, and depraved immortals.

But all the same, the idea presented here is that wherever you lurk in the vast gloom of Penny Dreadful‘s literary-based world, you’re not alone. Take that as a kind of comfort if you will. The overarching message here, though, appears to be one of introduction, as each piece of the teaser provides a backdrop for the characters displayed here, reflecting who they are as individuals while cluing us in to their personal narratives.

Penny Dreadful Full Cast Final Penny Dreadful Trailer: Youre Not Alone In The Darkness

We’ve made the acquaintance of these people already, thanks to a handful of images Showtime previously released in tandem with mini-bios on each of the individuals presented in the teaser. There’s Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), a veteran explorer determined to put the wrongs of his past right; Vanessa Ives (Eva Green, recently amazing in 300: Rise of an Empire), a powerful medium weighed down by the very gifts that make her so extraordinary; Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), an American on the run from his own secrets; Dr. Viktor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), a surgeon too fascinated by far with the mysteries of life and death; and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), a wealthy young man who might not be as young as he seems.

What, exactly, ends up uniting these characters (the latter two of whom are ripped right from the pages of classic Gothic literature) is still less than obvious. The teaser’s ending shot, though, suggests that they’ll be working together as a team, a sort-of riff on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as they fight against the darkness invading London.


Penny Dreadful premieres on Showtime on May 11th, 2014.

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  1. Nice.

    I guess it’s weird that US TV and movie execs release so many different trailers and such for their movies/shows (we only get one brief thing a week or two in advance to generate interest that just shows a few clips without giving away story or character details) but at the same time, kinda nice when it comes to things like this.

    I can’t wait and will be watching this intently. Looks great.

    • Yeah, I know what you mean, Dazz. The weirdest thing is that it doesn’t always happen for every show. Just certain shows.

      In the end, I doubt it’ll impact my enjoyment one way or the other, but I wonder if the amount of teasers we’ve gotten for this show speaks at all to the exec’s confidence regarding its success. They’re promoting it like it’s going out of style.

  2. I will be watching Penny Dreadful for Eva Green, and Eva Green alone.

    • I won’t be watching it for Eva Green “alone”…I will be watching it for her together…with me!!!! (hee-hee!!)

    • Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton?????

      Love Eva Green, but since Lucky Number Slevin (not to mention Bunkaru, Black Hawk Down, Sin City) I have been a fan of Hartnett.

      And I recently saw Timothy Dalton in Chuck and he was awesome.

      Rory Kinnear was great in Skyfall (and all the Craig-bonds) as well.

      They definitely have the cast to make this show awesome. And Showtime’s record is pretty damn good lately (except for Ray Donovan).

  3. As long as they don’t overdo the “sex” angle, but concentrate more on the drama and supernatural chills and atmospheric creepy mood angle, I will definitely be aboard for this. Penny Dreadful looks fairly promising. I also enjoy Sleepy Hollow, and find it rather refreshing as spooky-related things go as well. I also watched the first episode last night of WGN America’s new creeper, “Salem”. It was fairly good (maybe a bit too much on the sex angle, but otherwise OK). I will say they surprised me with being right up front and in your face with supernatural shock scenes, more explicit then I expected to see on network television (not complaining, though; they definitely read up on some books on aspects of 1600s witchcraft scares and the aspects of the characteristics of witches, and did not beat around the bush with their scenes). So far there are not plans, according to WGN, to pass it on to Netflix, to put this on DVD or on full-episode view on their website, but I am hoping that will change. They could only benefit from this additional exposure. Show is pretty intense, though, not for the kiddies.

  4. I’m over Eva Green. The same dangerous eyes femme fatale character over and over. Didn’t like Penny Dreadful. I really wanted to. I’m not a troll. It was very cookie cutter – characters, plot, everything.