An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, 'Penny Dreadful' 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.
Victorian 'Supernatural' or supernatural Ripper Street
- Penny Dreadful: Series 1 review by PW
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You rated this film: 5
Over the past few years I found myself enjoying TV series more than films and this is another example of that trend for me. Strong cast, good production values . I think is owes a just a bit to 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'. If you like that then you would love this.
Good concept but...
- Penny Dreadful: Series 1 review by RT
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You rated this film: 2
We gave the first three episodes a try, but they failed to inspire, so we've not pursued the rest.
It's a real shame - the cast is fantastic, and the concept is good. There are a lot of good actors in here, doing a brilliant job with what they're given. However, the writers try very hard to throw in every possible victorian novel/legend/etc, and it ends up just a bit overdone, and it takes itself far, far too seriously. Had it had some flashes of (intentional) humour, it could have been a different experience. Even the lashings of "shocking" gore, language, sex and nudity just gave it all a faint air of deperation.
There are a couple of potentially interesting plotlines starting to develop by the end of episode 3, but we really couldn't be bothered...
No erotic charge
- Penny Dreadful: Series 1 review by MD
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You rated this film: 1
I watched this in hope of some subtle erotic charge as promised in the description, but what I got instead was more of an accident in an abattoir. I could not even finish the first episode in spite of persevering beyond what one would normally want to. Whatever this series is about, it is not worth trying to find out.