Showtime’s upcoming series “Penny Dreadful” is really capturing the interest of horror geeks with the release of their latest teaser. The teaser features a voiceover of some of the characters as they reveal the inspiration behind the horror series. Classic literature appear on the screen that seems to be written on a book which is stitched together like human skin.
Check out what some of voiceover reveals:
A quote from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” – “There is a reason why all things are as they are,”
A line from “Frankenstein” – “There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand.”
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Synopsis (via collider.com):
“In Penny Dreadful, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light – have become embroiled in Victorian London.”
The series boast with an impressive lineup which includes Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton. The horror series comes from three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Skyfall, Gladiator), who wrote the pilot and executive produces alongside Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road).
Character descriptions courtesy of hollywoodreporter.com:
“Hartnett plays Ethan Chandler, a man of action and daring who isn’t afraid of violence. He’s charming and brash, but there are demons behind his eyes. He’s more complicated than he likes to admit. Green co-stars as Vanessa, an enigmatic woman with haunted eyes, who will prove herself a force to be reckoned with as the heroine of the series.”
Logan, a self-professed “monster geek” said:
“I started thinking about themes and why almost 200 years after [Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein] was written, we’re still reading Frankenstein,”
“I think it’s because the monsters break my heart. Growing up as a gay man before it was socially acceptable, I knew what it was to feel different, alienated and not like everyone else.”
Penny Dreadful, which is filming in Dublin, will also feature a fair share of poetic dialogue — which inspired Logan to create the series.
“I chose to set the show [in 1891] not because it would be cool visually but because the Victorian era reminds me of right now,” he said. “They were on the cusp of the modern world … grappling with the very elemental question of what it means to be human. I sit down at my computer and I don’t understand any of the new world zooming toward us. We’re on the cusp of the same thing now: There’s frightening dissonance and excitement for unchartered waters. We will pull these characters from where they’re comfortable into unchartered waters, and, to me, that makes good drama.”
Check out the teaser: