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The first season of Penny Dreadful wasn't exactly a hit in the ratings but, on the positive side, viewership remained pretty consistent. How will this series do in its second season? Will interest rise or fall? Renewed for a third season or cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
On Penny Dreadful, legendary characters from classic fiction like Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula), and Doctor Frankenstein and his monster (Frankenstein). They work to fight both personal demons and supernatural threats. The cast includes Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, and Simon Russell Beale.
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Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 4, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places”
Written by John Logan
Directed by Damon Thomas
Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime
Everyone pairs up in the latest episode of Penny Dreadful, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places.” Penny Dreadful is obviously an ensemble show, but it’s always had a problem knowing quite what to do with its plethora of characters. After last week’s series highlight episode, which slowed things down and focused on a single coherent story, the show gets back to business, with “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places,” attempting to cram in as much information as possible relevant to season two’s main plot.
Creator John Logan needs to find a new approach to his ever-growing cast of ghouls and werewolves and you can feel him sensing this here. His solution–pairing off almost every main character to move things along–gives the episode a fast, »
- Chris Evangelista
The first series of Penny Dreadful was a bloody mess. No surprise there, you might say. What else is a spooky, sensational Victoriana drama about a possibly-possessed medium, an Quartermain-ish adventurer, an American gun-for-hire who’s secretly a werewolf, and Dr Frankenstein and his many monsters going to be? Throw in a legion of vampires pursuing and being pursued by our heroes – it alternated between chasing and being chased, a bit like the end credits of The Benny Hill Show – and it’s not exactly a recipe for Downton Abbey.
So, we had blood and guts, slicing and dicing, vampires chained up in basements, corpses reanimated and then ripped in half, sub-Exorcist demonic mutterings that French and Saunders »
- Gareth McLean
Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 2, “Verbis Diablo”
Written by John Logan
Directed by James Hawes
Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime
The game is afoot in “Verbis Diablo,” the second episode of Penny Dreadful’s second season. Whereas season one had a tendency to seem unfocused, introducing its ensemble rogues gallery of players, season two has its eye on the prize. That prize is Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), for whom secret witch and target-practice expert Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory) has ill intentions.
“Verbis Diablo” finds Vanessa tormented by the threat of witches out to do her harm, so Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) says he has just the thing to make her feel better: visiting a bunch of cholera patients. Because nothing cheers someone up more than dying folk. Here Vanessa has her first encounter with the Creature (Rory Kinnear), alias Caliban, alias John (make up your mind, sir). The two »
- Chris Evangelista
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »
- D. Zhea
"Fresh Hell" is hitting the small screen tonight via Showtime. The Penny Dreadful Season 2 premiere airs at 10:00pm Est, and ahead of the episode's television debut, we've been provided with ten hardcover copies of The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful coffee table book, as well as two full sets of individual character posters, to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
From Titan Books, The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful was written by Sharon Gosling and contains 176 pages:
"Some of horror literature's most iconic characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and figures from Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful goes behind the scenes to unearth its secrets and dissect every aspect of the show's production, with exclusive interview material with the creator, »
- Derek Anderson
Two episodes were provided for review prior to broadcast.
The haunted Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) remains at the bloody heart of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful as it launches headfirst into its second season. Based on the first two episodes, the series remains as scary, sexy and spine-tingling as before the break, but new threats and altered circumstances promise to add new flavor to an already tasty concoction of supernatural thrills, dramatic twists and Victorian ambience.
Most pressing out of those new threats, as was teased by the trailers and plot synopses ahead of time, is the unveiling of Madame Kali (Helen McCrory), aka Evelyn Poole, as a sadistic, Elizabeth of Bathory-esque mastermind, in communication with Lucifer and devoted to tormenting Vanessa until such a point as she is ready to become the bride of Satan himself. In order to carry out this mission, Evelyn enlists the help of her coven of witches, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“It is our make-or-break season, and we’re going for it.” So said John Logan, creator and executive producer of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, at a press conference for the show’s second season earlier this year. The Victorian era thriller, featuring some of literature’s greatest supernatural characters, finds Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group — including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) — unites to banish evil forces. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), The Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Here at FM, we cannot get enough of Showtime’s gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, and with the second season premiering this weekend, we will not have to wait much longer to be satiated. But it is still a few days away, so to tide fans over, Hot Topic released a Penny Dreadful-inspired fashion line today, and screw my wallet, I want it all!
The beautifully designed pieces definitely capture the macabre aesthetic that is at the very core of the series. Scorpions and spiders hide in lace details and victorian-inspired prints on dresses, tank tops, and jackets. The line will be available for pre-order online at Hot Topic from April 28, before hitting shelves on May 26.
The aim of the collaboration between CBS Consumer Products, Showtime, and Hot Topic was to give fans a way to flaunt their love for the show, and without a doubt, they’ve hit the mark. »
- Caroline Stephenson
Awash in gothic atmosphere and tasty performances, “Penny Dreadful” puts a face on evil in its second season, and feels considerably richer for it. That countenance would belong to Helen McCrory, who plays the head of a Lucifer-worshipping coven, eager to hand over the psychic Vanessa (Eva Green) to the Prince of Darkness. John Logan’s creation still feels haphazard at times in the way it throws together macabre figures — a bit like the Universal monster mashes of the ’40s — but viewers who spend less time dwelling on details and go with “Penny’s” crimson-streaked flow will more than get their money’s worth.
Just to recap season one, Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) assembled a team to help him attempt to recover his demon-stolen daughter, including the aforementioned Vanessa, gunslinging American cowboy Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and a very young Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), whose chickens — Ok, in this case »
- Brian Lowry
Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” has devised a new way for fans to show their devotion to the gothic horror series, with a clothing line set to debut at Hot Topic ahead of the season two premiere.
Variety can exclusively reveal that CBS Consumer Products and Showtime have partnered with Hot Topic for a “Penny Dreadful”-inspired collection of women’s clothing, with tanks, dresses, and jackets incorporating the macabre imagery and themes from the show into wearable apparel. The line will be available for pre-order online at HotTopic.com from April 28, before hitting shelves on May 26.
“’Penny Dreadful’ has a unique aesthetic that is really captured in this apparel collection,” said Liz Kalodner, exec VP and general manager of CBS Consumer Products. “We’re excited to partner with a retailer like Hot Topic to give ‘Penny Dreadful’ fans the ability to express their love of the show with such a stylish assortment. »
- Laura Prudom
Sam Raimi and Gil Kenan discuss the Poltergeist remake in a new video from 20th Century Fox. Also included in our latest video round-up are two clips from the next episode of Salem, as well as the Penny Dreadful Season 2 mashup, "Everything You've Heard."
Poltergeist: "Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
In Theaters - May 22, 2015, in 3D"
- Derek Anderson
If you've been dying to see the Penny Dreadful Season 2 premiere on May 3rd, consider your wait to now be over, because Showtime has released the full season two debut episode early and online for fans to watch for free.
“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. »
- Derek Anderson
With the second seaoson of Penny Dreadful set to premiere on Showtime next month, a batch of character images has arrived online, along with six ‘Body and Soul’ promos. Check them out here…
This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as »
- Gary Collinson
"...'Vanessa' (Green) and 'Ethan (Hartnett) form a deeper bond as the group, including 'Sir Malcolm' (Dalton), 'Dr. Frankenstein' (Harry Treadaway) and 'Sembene' (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them.
"This season 'Vanessa' and 'Ethan' face new challenges and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace," said series creator John Logan. "Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together."
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- Michael Stevens
? The new season will see Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will be as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our heroes this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator, Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate, and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past. Showtime’s Penny Dreadful returns »
Another batch of “Body and Soul” promos for Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” have arrived (this time showcasing Eva Green as Vanessa, Rory Kinnear as The Creature, and Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray) along with a video featuring Danny Sapani discussing what’s… Continue Reading →
The post More Penny Dreadful Teasers Claim Your Body and Soul appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Ahead of its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2nd, the first trailer for Sun Choke has debuted, giving us a look at Barbara Crampton and Sarah Hagan in the psychological horror film. Also included in our latest round-up are new videos for Penny Dreadful’s impending second season, including a closer look at Danny Sapani's Sembene, as well as the latest promo for Scream Queens, featuring Emma Roberts using a very sharp object as a mirror.
Synopsis: "Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins to »
- Derek Anderson
Guests at the garden party in the upcoming creature feature, Stung, will have to replace their EpiPens with swords and flamethrowers if they want to survive the giants wasps from below that are featured in the film's first trailer. Also included in our latest video round-up is a boy next door with a creepy caretaker in John McNaughton's The Harvest, as well as Helen McCrory's tour of her character's eerily decorated mansion from the upcoming second season of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.
Stung: "Mrs. Perch, an elderly, wealthy lady from rural America, is throwing a fancy garden party at her remote country villa. Same procedure as every year - except this time her illegally imported plant fertilizer seeps into the ground. Subsequently, a local species of killer wasps that usually lay their eggs into other insects mutates into 7 ft tall predators. And the celebrating upper class company provides »
- Derek Anderson
“Penny Dreadful” fans have just one more month to wait until Season 2 kicks off, and if you’re wondering what Reeve Carney’s character, Dorian Gray, will be up to when the series resumes, here’s the actor himself with a sneak… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
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