Hello Offbeaters, and welcome to a lovely Tuesday evening at The Offbeat.
Its cheery, its nearly end of the semester for us students, and its sunny (at least where we are). So what is the perfect way to celebrate this?
Twisted and terrifyingly dark gloom, of course.
Hey, we’re The Offbeat for a reason, guys.
On that note, today we are recommending the wonderfully dark and terrifying TV show, Penny Dreadful.
Penny Dreadful is a show that came out in 2014 that chronicled and wove together several dark horror stories, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, Frankenstein, and more. It ran for three seasons, centering around the life of Vanessa Ives, a troubled young woman stalked by the forces of evil. Despite its fame, the show insisted that they would not have another season after the central story ended. They surprisingly insisted the intended story was over, and there was no need to continue. It was a bold storytelling move, and has my storyteller’s respect.
The show masterfully balanced dark and gritty without leaning towards excessive gore or shock value, which is impressive considering the amount of death and horror. It also blended together realism and supernatural experiences quite well, making the world of Vanessa Ives seem realistic and moving.
Penny Dreadful is one of those great horrors that aren’t just scary, but also are well-written and compelling. The TV format aids them in that, as things can be eerie and encroaching without having at most a two-hour deadline for things to go down. Also, the natural stakes escalation feels even more powerful once they stopped after season three, because they were never trying to top anything. Things logically escalated and then try to overdo what felt like the most escalated things could get.
Everything is creepy, fascinating, horrific, and compelling. It’s a great show that truly shows off its great cast and its great material in a unique and worthwhile way. From witches to werewolves, there’s never really a dull moment.
Now, before I ruin anything, go check out the show yourself. Meet some of the best monsters you’ll ever know and love horror like you’ve never loved it before.
And, of course, say hi to the monsters for me.
Grab some garlic, believe in curses, demons, and monsters, and stay weird.