Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Penny Dreadful News: Episode 2

It sadly appears that those at Showtime only think they know what advertising and making money is about. Penny Dreadful's first episode, Night Work, was free to watch on the Showtime website; episode 2, Seance, is all ready available, however, you have to have cable and pay the extra $20 a month just for Showtime; because of Showtime being ridiculous, it is neither available on iTunes nor Hulu (only the first, free episode is available on Hulu). It has been rumored, that the second episode, Seance, will be available to watch for free also (if you have Showtime, the second episode is available to watch now through their website). The reason this is so frustrating is because other Showtime series are available, but they are dangling out Penny Dreadful to boost their subscriptions so, basically, we are not going to get to see the rest of the series, unless you have Showtime or it comes out on disc, or they possibly release it on Netflix, etc., but this is disappointing.
However,....
Does this guy look familiar to you? No, it's not John Malkovich, but long-time readers should have recognized Nosferatu (a word meaning "the undead"), from the silent horror-classic of 1922 which was the very first depiction of Bram Stoker's Dracula in celluloid. Nosferatu was particularly interesting because they dramatically altered his looks from the text described in Stoker's novel: Count Dracula has a mass of black hair on his head, face and even his hands, whereas Count Orlock in Nosferatu is totally bald. In my post The Undead: Nosferatu, I posit that the reason the film was made was because of spreading homosexuality after men returned from life-in-the-trenches during World War I, and the film (directed by the homosexual F.W. Murnua) was essentially serving as a warning to men and women of the harms of homosexuality to themselves and society at large.  If you have never seen a silent film before, I can highly recommend Nosferatu: it's the first silent film my sister has ever seen, and she absolutely loves it, and her favorite genre of film is Rom-Coms, so while the music isn't particularly good, it is highly creepy and the springboard for many of the other horror films in general that were made afterwards. Back to Penny Dreadful: the inclusion of such a character
I have decided that we will do the first episode. It will be nice to have a break, and, additionally, all the incredible devices used in this episode are devices used in general, so it will help you in making your own interpretations and deductions in other works of art you encounter, so we will at least do the first episode that is available for free at their website (there are so many international readers of this blog, I want, as much as possible, to do films/television shows that nearly everyone can access so readers aren't getting left in the dust). So, as soon as Godzilla is over, we will take a breather to do Penny Dreadful, one or two episodes, depending on what is available (I have contacted them via their website and wrote how disappointed I am and that I hope they will reconsider listing it on iTunes/Hulu; do you have a moment to drop them a note suggesting the same at this link here?, and then we might do SALEM (at least that is on Hulu and iTunes). So, Godzilla comes out this weekend, I am going Thursday night to the 3D IMAX showing, and I can hardly wait!
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner
P.S.--Here is the trailer for the next episode of Penny Dreadful: