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Penny Dreadful - A series of horrors...

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Penny Dreadful gathers and adapts part of the fabulous “bestiary” produced by English literature from the Victorian era.

It is a story much like the 19th century Gothic novels, in which human vulnerability is exploited and manipulated by monsters, demons, witches, vampires, mystics, werewolves and mere humans consumed by despair and revenge.

At first, I had no desire to give the television series penny dreadful a chance. Had it not been for the cast to give me any hope, I would not have wasted a single second watching what I thought was yet another festival of blood and frighteningly untoward situations. After all, I was wrong. Surprise of surprises, penny dreadful is a treasure and, for me, a milestone in the horror and fantasy television genre. It is so good that I've already reviewed its three seasons. Moments like this, when all my attention turned to the screen, when I heard the murmur of the waves, the sound of sea gulls and footsteps on the sand, accompanied by simple violin and piano cords, filling my whole existence in an emotional crescendo, I soon realized that I was facing the decline of the series and that it could only be epic. A panting man dressed in black walked towards a river carrying a body wrapped in a sheet. Falling on his knees, he held that shroud in the...

...water. He slowly pushed the sheet away, revealing a child's face. He touched her face tenderly in a gesture of deep love mixed with excruciating pain, with a lost look, the man in black abandoned the child to the current of the river and his soft voice resounded off reciting a poem. There was a time when meadow, grove and stream, the earth and every common sight to me did seem apparelled in celestial light, the glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now, as it hath been of Yore. Turn where so ere I may, by night or day. The things which I have seen I now can see no more. It was not the first time that this poem was heard in the series. Right at the beginning, there is a moment when young Victor Frankenstein expresses all his sadness by reciting it in a green meadow of tall grass, seeming to be one of the pillars...

...of the plot. The poem emerges as a dialectic between mortality and immortality, exposing the cruelty of both. To say much more, moreover, would be to create a spoiler that would take away some charm from those who have not yet seen the series. Not Unlike the way it fits in the series. The poem is an essay about childhood, about the loss of innocence, when we realize our vulnerability to the world of its experience, while the tragedies of life unfold before our eyes, it is as if suddenly the world became a painful, melancholy and unbearable weight and anguish. In the romantic style of the nineteen century that focused on human drama, tragic loves, Utopian ideals and desires for escapism, in fact creating sublime moments of recitation and dialog. The whole plot is full of characters and literary references from Anglo Saxon Culture, William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, John Claire, William Wordsworth,...

John Keats, Henry Rider, haggard, Lord Tennyson, among others. An unlikely best eary penny dreadful gathers and adapts part of the fabulous best jury produced by English literature from the Victorian era. It is a story much like the nineteen century Gothic novels, in which human vulnerability is exploited and manipulated by monsters, demons, which is vampires, mystics, werewolves and the mere humans consumed by despair and revenge. Said like this, it seems hideous, but we easily find a delicacy and poetic essence in the script, exceptionally written by the series Creator John Logan, supported by Andrew Hinderaker and Christy Wilson Cairns. The story is magnificently played by Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm Murray, an incarnation of adventurer Alan quartermain, mixed with Van Helsing Eva Green as Vanessa Ives,...

...a medium and incarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, a Werewolf, rory knear as John Claire, Frankenstein's creature, Harry Treadaway as Dr Frankenstein, Reeve Carney as Dorian gray, an immortal billy Piper as Lili Frankenstein's fiancee, Christian Camargo as Dracula, Olivia, Llewellyn as Mina Harker, and Chizod Latif as Dr Henry Jeckel. In the end, what we found out with penny dreadful is that we are our own demons, more powerful than vampires, witches and immortal creatures. What is one penny dreadful? Besides this classical current around the series, we cannot forget the referential Matrix to the Cordell Tales that animated London's urban imagination, such as the string of pearls eighteen forty six to eighteen forty seven by James Malcolm Rhymer and Thomas Peckett Post, which has as villain the character Sweeney Todd, popularized in two thousand and seven in...

...the film of the same name by Tim Burton. In nineteenth century England, this very popular literary genre was known as Penny dreadful or penny of blood witch. Literally translated, the is something like a penny of horror or blood. They were low cost books which narrated a lethargic world and aristocrats, murderous baronets, title ladies addicted to the Study of toxicology, poison study, Gypsies and chieftains, robbed men, masques and women with daggers, stolen children, wrinkled witches, heartless players, nefarious libertines and foreign princesses. It was in these stories and in all the imagery of the Victorian era that John Logan was inspired to create the series penny dreadful shown on the showtime channel. You can find out more stories like this at Mister Olsoon DOT COM.

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