Get Caught in the Victorian Horror-Fantasy: Penny Dreadful (2014)


If you are looking for a scary series to binge-watch on Halloween, you are in the right place. In Penny Dreadful, from HBO, you’ll witness the terrifying adventures of Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and medium Vanessa Ives fighting supernatural threats in a grim Victorian London. And if you think that this is just another series about ghost hunters, this spoiler-free review will prove you wrong. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the delightfully awful world of Penny Dreadful.

Familiar monsters

The characters of this series are the main aspect that sparked my interest when I first heard about Penny Dreadful. I am not a big fan of the horror genre, but I am a big fan of literature. So when I saw that Frankenstein and Dorian Grey are two of the main characters, I decided to give the series a chance. I wasn’t one bit disappointed with how the stories of these two famous characters are adapted. Penny Dreadful takes the most gruesome aspects of these tales and incorporates them in whatever manner suits the storyline.

A horror like none other

The show does a great job at giving horror elements, like vampires and demons, a fresh interpretation. It has such a unique twist on the classics that it creates its universe, stepping away from the clichés of the horror genre. The story brings together characters of tales and stories, of mythological and biblical implications. The narrative line fluctuates between the world of the living and that of the dead…or the undead.


Whether you are a fan of the horror genre, or you’re more into fantasy, Penny Dreadful is definitely worth checking out. It has all the aspects of horror but it has this beautiful way of also being a fantasy drama. You will grow very attached to its characters and their inner demons.


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