Penny Dreadful, the popular British-American Showtime show, has been renewed for a second series and fans are eagerly anticipating its release. In the meantime, we can all re-watch series one of this popular gothic show and revel in all of the amazing makeup and prosthetic work that has brought so many horrific creatures to life for us to enjoy.
No CGI Monsters
The creators of Penny Dreadful established early on that they did not want to rely upon CGI monsters to bring the thrill and horror to their show. And it’s a good thing that they chose to go in that direction because the characters appear much more authentically scary, thanks to the makeup and fangs donned by the actors who bring these monsters to life. In fact, the prosthetics used on the actors in the show are so realistic that it is extremely difficult to determine what’s real and what’s fake.
An Old-Fashioned Vampire That Strikes Fear in the 21st Century
One of the most eye-catching characters in the first season of Penny Dreadful was the vampire. Complete with long claws on his feet and his hands, contact lenses to make the actor look demonic, and, of course, the gruesome teeth and fangs, this is definitely a vampire with a classic appearance and a far cry from your Twilight and True Blood vamps. To put it in perspective, it takes about 6 hours for the actor to be transformed into this formidable creature of the night.
Bringing Frankenstein to Life
Another popular character on the first series of the show was Frankenstein, who was brought to life with the use of prosthetics and a heavy dose of special effects makeup that made the actor, Rory Kinnear, look as though he was made of cracked porcelain rather than skin. Hours in the makeup chair certainly did the job of transforming him into The Creature, complete with jagged scars and piercing eyes.
Series 2 of the show is set for production this fall. It’s anticipated that 10 episodes in total will be shot and edited, and the second series is set to premiere sometime next year.