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Showtime Announces Awesome-Sounding 'Psychosexual Horror' Series About Victorian Monsters

Question: Do you like literature? Yes, of course you do, how silly of me to ask. Do you also like monsters, provided they're menacing someone who is not you? Uh-huh, and what about psychosexual horror flicks? If you can emphatically check all these off under your "things that are awesome to me" list, then you will be quite please to learn that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has given a series commitment to a period drama from John Logan and Sam Mendes called Penny Dreadful, which will feature Dr. Frankenstein, his monster, Dorian Gray, Van Helsing, and presumably some female protagonists because 19th-century literature was not a paranormal circle jerk.

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Logan and Mendes most recently collaborated on Skyfall, which was pretty m'ok as James Bond movies go. The network is already selling Penny Dreadful as "psychosexual horror" in Victorian England, and the only thing that could really ruin this whole project is if the people who were involved with making The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen get their grubby paws all over it.

Showtime Gives Series Commitment to Horror-Thriller from Skyfall Duo [THR]

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I love Dorian Gray and I actually collect old versions of the novel, but I wish he wasn't brought into this. He's NEVER portrayed properly in Hollywood. If this is supposed to be like Fifty Shades of Victorian Gray, then they're going to fuck it up spectacularly. If they approach it properly, it could be interesting. Victorian horror novels were about many fascinating topics, chief amongst them, sex. Hell, Dracula is just one big sexual allegory (as well as being about the perils of letting "the other" into your home, ie immigrants).

Oh god, I have to step away from the comment box. I did my college thesis on Victorian horror novels. I could talk about this all day. I have zero faith in this project though. Ugh. It sounds like they're just mining old Victorian literature to make an American Horror Story knock off.