Penny Dreadful review: Well-cast gothic horror fails to make a gripping start – Reviews – TV & Radio – The Independent

The latest examples of gothic horror on TV have ranged from the enjoyably campy (American Horror Story on Fox) to the oddly bloodless (Sky Living’s Dracula, cancelled after a single season). Producer/director Sam Mendes and his Skyfall collaborator, writer John Logan, have hedged their bets with Penny Dreadful (Sky Atlantic), a new series that acts as a kind of compendium of all the genre’s favourite tropes: body snatchers, opium dens, spiders and lots and lots of blood.

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