The full-length trailer begins again with a set-up by Eva Green, discussing a netherworld of sorts, but then expands, offering us more images of the bloody, grotesque, sexy, and weird. There is plenty of contortion and possession, as well as skin that is soaked in water, covered by hands, or riddled with blood.
There is also Timothy Dalton, who aside from the opening conversation between Green and Josh Hartnett, utters the only other words in the trailer. Those words are followed up by an especially sinister figure.
Created by John Logan and executive produced by Sam Mendes, the writer and director of most recently ‘Skyfall’, ‘Penny Dreadful’ is set in 1890s Victorian London where infamous gothic characters and monsters reside. Dorian Gray and Frankenstein are among those who look to make an appearance, as well as plenty of vampires, demons, and a character dubbed "the creature."
The titles refers to lurid and eerie publications of the same named released during the 19th century in Britain that would later inspire some famed authors.
Green portrays Vanessa Ives, Hartnett is Ethan Chandler, while Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory, and Billie Piper also star.
‘Penny Dreadful’ premieres on Showtime on Sunday, May 11 at 10/9c. You can watch the full-length trailer below.
Odd how authors like Gaiman and Mieville, damn near every Brit Scifi/Fantasy author, always have an alternate horror inspired London somewhere in their works. This feels similar. During the same time period you could find Babbage, Tesla, Holmes, Crowley, The Ripper, and an assorted few others roaming the London streets. Could be cool if there is some decent writing using the vernacular of the times. Then again Black Sails is a let down on the dialogue vernacular front. Cool graphics can never replace well written and plotted works.