I’ve been looking for a new show that would appeal to my darker side, and since Dexter ended on such a bummy note last season, Showtime looks like it’s going to fill that void with the upcoming Penny Dreadful. The show stars Eva Green and Josh Hartnett as some of literatures most horrifying characters including Dr. Frankenstein and Dracula. All of the sex and gore takes place throughout Victorian London, and judging by the trailer below, it’s going to be a pretty wild ride.

Here’s the Synopsis:

[box_light]In Penny Dreadful, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters — including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light — have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights and License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill).

The series is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance.[/box_light]

Penny Dreadful premieres May 11th on Showtime.


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