Penny Dreadful: WATCH the Premiere Now - Undead Monday

Posted by The Daily Zombies Monday, April 28, 2014

This Undead Monday, catch the first episode of Penny Dreadful, the "psychosexual" gothic horror TV series created for Showtime by John Logan and executive produced by Logan and Sam Mendes, in its entirety courtesy of Showtime. 

This Undead Monday appears to be particularly auspicious indeed. Since late last year, we have been covering Penny Dreadful with the release of a series of its teasers and trailers (hereherehere, and here) by Showtime. Today, the wait is suddenly over in a big way. While the pilot episode is set to premiere only on 11th May on Showtime, the network has decided to launch a full multi-platform blast of the first episode by releasing it online nationwide for all to sample the “psychosexual" horror series. 

Ambitiously aiming to weave together the origins of horror icons the likes of Count Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and Dorian Gray in Victorian London, Penny Dreadful is created and written by John Logan with Logan's fellow collaborator from Skyfall, director Sam Mendes himself serving as the Executive Producer of the series. Boasting a stellar cast spearheaded by Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, and Billie Piper, the series seek to revitalize classic horror icons in gaslight of Victorian London in the eight-episode first series.

Available across multiple platforms from the free On Demand channels to YouTube, the series premiere can also be accessed for free via Showtime Anytime on iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Kindle Fire, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV, Hulu, and what have you on the app that is available on most Smart TVs. 

Without further ado, hit the jump to check out the first episode on YouTube (only available for US viewers).

And here are the posters released thus far.

Here's the official synopsis for the series:

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, Licence 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). PENNY DREADFUL is a drama series created, written and executive produced by 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.


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