Showtime's Penny Dreadful Will Possess You With This New Teaser

By Nick Venable 2013-12-18 07:10:36 discussion comments
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Iím a huge fan of horror TV shows, and Iím an equally huge fan of TV teasers that evoke excitement and anticipation for an upcoming product. (I know most of you are different and like really boring teasers, right?) And so it is with a raised eyebrow and downward turned mouth edges that I viewed the above teaser for Showtimeís upcoming monster mash-up Penny Dreadful, which looks to take over the genre void left by Dexterís glorious absence. That said, Iím not particularly excited or anticipatory of what I see here.

From what we know about Penny Dreadful, which admittedly isnít much, literary beasts such as Dracula and Dorian Gray are running amok in London at the end of the 19th century. But there hasnít been any sign that either religion or satanic forces would come into play. Yet in the teaser above, we see Eva Greenís character Vanessa Ives praying in front of a crucifix on the wall Ė plus candles, since you canít pray without candles Ė until she is apparently taken over by a most unholy spirit, as depicted by entirely white eyeballs and the on-the-nose quote, ďWe all have our demons.Ē

Iím up to my own eyeballs with horrors revolving around possessions and demonic forces, as cinemas have gotten bogged down in recent years with mid-to-no-budget exorcism horrors. Last yearís American Horror Story: Asylum seemingly took on every taboo the sub-genre had to offer, so I wonder why Penny Dreadfulís creators decided to go this route as well, especially when they have a rogueís gallery of villains to attend to already. And thatís without mentioning FXís upcoming exorcism drama from Eli Roth, or Cinemaxís upcoming exorcism thriller from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

Of course, thereís also a Dracula series on the air as well, so I donít know why I was expecting Showtime to make something original happen elsewhere. With a cast that includes Josh Hartnett, Billie Piper, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and Helen McCrory, Penny Dreadful will make its debut at some point in 2014. The first clip below should have you in (Frankensteinís creatureís) stitches, and check out the first video production diary below, which delves into the background of the premise.

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