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Late Night Double Feature (2015)

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Starring Brian Scott Carleton, Grace Armstrong, Lewis Beach

Directed by Torin Langen, Navin Ramaswaran, Zachary Ramelan, Kelly Michael Stewart, Jason Tannis

Harking back to the glorious days of public access cable TV midnight shock cinema, Late Night Double Feature grabs its audience with a refreshing mix of just enough comedy to complement its horror backbone, resulting in a pretty damn entertaining film.

Led by a five-headed Hydra of directorial proportions (just read the names above), the movie takes a sizable jab at the production and presentation of “Dr. Nasty’s Cavalcade of Horrors” show and the movies it showcases with a “behind-the-scenes” look at the drama entailed within when the drunk host of the show, Dr. Nasty himself (Carleton), continues his boozing ways and follows the lead of a womanizing director, all the while upsetting his beautiful co-host, Nurse Nasty, in the process.

In any event, the problems on the show will remain for some time so let’s jump into the two horrific features that are on the slab!

In Dinner for Monsters, a struggling chef gets the opportunity of a lifetime to step outside his fledgling restaurant and make some serious dough simply for cooking a spectacular meal for a private list of heavyweight clientele. What he comes to realize is that the meal isn’t the usual “wine and dine” product that’s thrown out on the table during one of these events – grab yer knives cause it’s time to cut right down to the bone! With an ample supply of gore and a sprinkling of black humor, this “dinner” should fulfill even the most picky eaters… that is, until you see what you’re about to chomp down into.

The second movie being broadcast among some goofy commercials is Slit – a much darker peek into the world of “cutting” and the man who offers his services to those who wish to be sliced but not necessarily diced. His undoing is clearly enveloping all around him when his next client isn’t quite that interested in being the victim. While it seems as if the comic element was abandoned for more of a bleaker atmosphere, it still worked and the story was even more worthwhile to lay eyes upon than its predecessor.

Looking at the movie as a whole, I’d have to surmise that beyond some of the lamer bits of humor that clearly came off as stale and filler-like, the premise of the seedy undertakings that went on behind the scenes of the show itself were a savior to the presentation overall. Complemented by two decent photoplays sandwiched in the middle, this “Cavalcade of Horrors” is one show that I wish would have found its way onto my public access channels. Recommended for those who reveled in the days (and nights) of the after-hours shock-a-thons that entertained the masses for so long.

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New Vatican Tapes One-Sheet Afoot

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:59

Time to add a little devil to your day, kids! Check out your first look at latest one-sheet for The Vatican Tapes, which is opening in theaters on July 24, 2015.

The Vatican Tapes is directed by Mark Neveldine (Crank). The demonic possession drama stars Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Cas Anvar, Peter Andersson, and Olivia Dudley.

Synopsis:
THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

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Art Bell Returns with Midnight in the Desert

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:49

When Art Bell’s Dark Matter radio show for Sirius XM went off the air abruptly, I, like many fans, was left heartbroken. It was great to have the man himself – the king of paranormal radio – back, but shit happens. The bad news? Art was gone. Today’s incredibly good news? He’s back and off the corporate leash for good!

From the Art Bell website:
After extensive analysis and elongated negotiations with several suitors, we have decided that we can go ahead on the planned launch of “Midnight in the Desert” in late July, using a business model that will allow us to manage the entire operation on our own.

As was hinted by Art via his Facebook feed, we thought about it, compared the numbers and decided we could pay for bandwidth, pay the commercial licensing fees, pay our own overhead and still be financially viable, assuming the following conditions:

1. We have a considerable number of fans subscribe to a membership service that allows you to access the archived shows anytime via the website for a reasonable $5 /month.

2. We can sell advertising to be played during the breaks during the show. Not a lot, but enough to help pay for the music licensing during the LIVE FREE stream.

3. We can successfully curb pirated posts of our content to the Internet.

We’ll be operating under a certain specific licensing model that will allow us to ramp up from a “small webcaster” status into a large broadcaster in the future. It is imperative that we earn enough through subscribers and ads sales to pay the bandwidth costs and music licensing fees. We believe that we can ramp up successfully using the current models in place at this time.

However, this happens to be the year (2015) that music industry participants are negotiating the next 5 years (2016-2020) rates for music licensing on the Internet. It is a wide open arena, and some license models may not survive. But we believe that we can operate under the current 2015 model for 6 months, and eventually fit into a 2016 model that is still cost effective.

We hope to recoup all of our investments within the first 6 months, so we can better endure the cost increases that will inevitably happen in 2016. If the fans support us with memberships and the advertisers are satisfied, we should be good for a long while.

Keep watching here for the launch date announcement and further updates.

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March Maniac Madness – Hellraiser’s Pinhead Rules! Doug Bradley Speaks!

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 17:45

When we started our first ever March Maniac Madness tournament, we brought some of horror’s biggest heavyweights in to partake in a FAN CHOSEN battle. You played. They fought. You chose your winner…

Hellraiser‘s main Cenobite, Pinhead, tore the competition apart and has taken his rightful place as the first entrant into Dread Central’s March Maniac Madness Hall of Fame.

To mark the occasion, we reached out to the actor who brought this most feared and beloved character to life, Doug Bradley, to let him know that the fans have spoken and neither Alien, Predator, Jason, nor Freddy could top the terror Pinhead brings.

Mwahahahaha! Smackdown from Hell!! He tore your horror icons apart!!!” says Bradley. “I know that The Nameless One took this challenge very seriously, sparring for hours with Chatterer, adhering to a strict diet (closely monitored by Butterball) and with an extensive massage from The Female at the end of each training session. But really: The Prince of Pain up against a guy with a sleep attitude and an outsized fork for a hand? Never going to be a serious contest, was it?

Applause for Uncle Creepy for coming up with such a cool idea and, as always, my thanks and appreciation for the loyalty of the fans.

No, applause to YOU, Doug, and thank you for all the wonderful memories you’ve created for us all and above all… CONGRATULATIONS!

To leave your personal thanks for Mr. Bradley, please comment in the comments section below. March Maniac Madness will return. That’s a promise.

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Take a Peek Inside Supernatural Episode 10.18 – Book of the Damned

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:54

The 10th season of “Supernatural” has been somewhat disappointing to this longtime fan of the show, but here’s hoping a visit from regular guest star Felicia Day can inject a bit of energy into the proceedings.  Here’s an inside look at tomorrow night’s Episode 10.18, “Book of the Damned,” in which executive producer Jeremy Carver teases that Dean might finally have a way out of damnation!

“Supernatural” Episode 10.18 – “Book of the Damned” (airs 4/15/15)
FELICIA DAY RETURNS AS CHARLIE — Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to tell them she found the Book of the Dead, which could help remove the Mark of Cain.  The Winchesters race to her after she tells them she’s been shot by a man named Jacob Styne (guest star Jeff Branson), who says the book belongs to his family and he won’t rest until he gets it back. 

Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) and Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) take a road trip to find Castiel’s grace, but they hit a couple of bumps along the way.  PJ Pesce directed this episode written by Robbie Thompson.

For more info visit “Supernatural” on cwtv.com, “like” “Supernatural” on Facebook, and follow @CW_spn on Twitter.

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First Clip Feeds You a Helping of Applesauce

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:38

Filmmaker Onur Tukel made an impressive debut on the horror scene with last year’s Summer of Blood, and this year he returns to horror with Applesauce. Ahead of its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival we’ve gotten our hands on the first clip, featuring Trick ‘r Treat‘s Dylan Baker. Dig it!

Applesauce also stars Tukel himself as well as Trieste Kelly Dunn, Max Casella, and Jennifer Prediger.

Synopsis:
After he confesses the worst thing he’s ever done to a radio talk show host, Ron Welz’s past starts catching up to him, and someone starts sending him body parts. Who is tormenting him? There are eight million people in New York City, and everyone’s a suspect.

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80s Throwback Invites You Down the Demon Hole

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:24

It’s no secret that the 80s were a prime decade for horror fans, which is why so many filmmakers of today are so eager to evoke the spirit of that bygone era. Horror-comedy Demon Hole looks to do just that, and we’ve got all the details for ya today.

Screen Daily reports that UK sales outfit SC Films has boarded international sales rights to the completed film, written and directed by Josh Crook. It’s set to screen at Cannes.

Demon Hole charts the fallout after a fracking crew drills a hole on sacred Native American land unleashing an ancient demon, which then terrorizes six teens serving community service in a remote forest.

Cast includes Samantha Scaffidi, Austin Ramsey, Paris Campbell, Summer Bills and Adrian Denzel.

The current crop of horror movies has gotten too severe and grim,” says Cook. “While scary, they’re also depressing. Taking influence from John Hughes as much as it does John Carpenter and Wes Craven, Demon Hole brings the vibe of the 1980s back and invites the audience to enjoy the ride.”

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Circle – New Poster and Trailer Prove Everything Gets You Killed

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:16

On tap right now we have the teaser trailer, an expanded version just for Dread Central readers, and the poster for the upcoming flick Circle courtesy of Votiv Films and Taggart Productions. If you’re a fan who likes his/her horror served up with a hot side of weird, then this one is for you!

Written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione, Circle stars Saw V and “Dexter’s” Julie Benz, The Collection‘s Michael Nardelli, and Autumn Federici.

Synopsis:
In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in an inward-facing circle and unable to move, they quickly learn that every two minutes one of them must die… executed by a strange device in the center of the room. At first the attacks seem random, but soon the strangers realize that they, as a group, have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed. A vote. A chance to control the machine. But how can they choose who deserves to die? And what happens when there is only one person left?

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Meet Lucky Leo in New Image from Rob Zombie’s 31

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:04

Filming has officially wrapped on Rob Zombie’s Halloween horror flick 31, and while we wait for a trailer, Zombie has been teasing the action with still images. We’ve got another one on tap for you today, so read on to check it out.

The image comes courtesy of Rob Zombie’s Facebook page, and introduces us to Lucky Leo. The character is played by Tracey Walter, known for his roles in Silence of the Lambs and the I Spit On Your Grave remake. Evil is his religion, according to his favorite coffee mug.

The cast includes Meg Foster as Venus Virgo; Judy Geeson as Sister Dragon; Jeff Daniel Phillips as Roscoe; Jane Carr as Sister Serpent; Richard Brake as Doom-Head; Ginger Lynn as Cherry Bomb, Doom-Head’s very special friend; Malcolm McDowell as Father Murder, the owner of Murder World; David Ury as Schizo-Head; Daniel Roebuck as Pastor Victor; Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Panda Thomas, the manager of a traveling roadshow known as “The Venus Lux Happy Time Fun Show”; Pancho Moler as Sick-Head; Tracy Walter as Lucky Leo; E.G. Daily as Sex-Head; and Torsten Voges as Death-Head as well as Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.

Synopsis:
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

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Stanley Film Festival 2015: Sun Choke Trailer Premiere

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:57

The Stanley Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the most bankable events for quality horror films out there, and right now we have the trailer premiere for one of the films making its premiere there, Sun Choke.

The Ben Cresciman-directed psychological thriller screens Saturday, May 2nd, in Estes Park, CO.

Sun Choke – USA/2015 – World Premiere (Director: Ben Cresciman, Featuring Sarah Hagan, Barbara Crampton, Sara Malakul Lane)
Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.

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22 Awesome Bughuul aka Mr. Boogie (Sinister) Fan Art Pics

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 23:00

With Sinister 2 making headlines with its trailer premiere, we thought that this would be a more than appropriate time to post some really badass Sinister fan art for you cats to enjoy! Revel in the spooky!

Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing Sinister 2, which Focus Features will release nationwide domestically on Friday, August 21, 2015. Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, penned the Sinister 2 screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, with whom he also wrote the original film.

In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death. James Ransone, who portrayed the concerned sheriff’s deputy in Sinister, is reprising his character in Sinister 2.

Sinister, which starred Ethan Hawke, was released domestically by Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, in 2012 and earned over $48 million; the movie’s worldwide gross was $82 million.

Learn more about Sinister 2 on Facebook and Twitter. Watch the brand spanking new Sinister 2 trailer below or on any page on DreadCentral until April 12th.

 

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Guillermo del Toro’s Haunted Mansion Moves Forward; Ryan Gosling Joins Cast?

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 19:45

When it comes to the status of Guillermo del Toro’s Haunted Mansion movie for Disney, things have been as silent as a tomb. That changes today though as The Wrap is reporting that Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in Del Toro‘s film based on the much beloved attraction.

Haunted Mansion has been in development at Disney for several years, as the project was first announced at Comic-Con in July 2010.

D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) is currently working on the script for the supernatural family film.

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True Blood Actor Signs Up for Preacher

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 19:37

Some quick “Preacher” news has just come in, as Deadline is reporting that “True Blood” alumna Lucy Griffiths has joined the cast of AMC’s pilot, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic. No word yet on who she’ll be playing.

The project, from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sony TV, and AMC Studios, is about Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper is still in negotiations), a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

In addition Ian Colletti, was cast as Eugene Root, aka Arseface.

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New Jurassic World Still Gets Cornered

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:17

Hot on the heels of the first clip from Jurassic World which we showed you this morning, comes a new still featuring three of our heroes in what looks to be a really bad position.

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer star in the film, which will be released June 12th in 3D by Universal Pictures.

Related Story: Jurassic World – Meet Indominus Rex

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg and Thomas Tull executive produce, and Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World.

This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

 

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MTV Unveils Scream Title Treatment; Trailer Premiere Sunday Night

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:13

MTV has unveiled the title treatment from its upcoming series based on the Scream franchise and it looks, well, like the Scream logo. Look for the trailer to premiere during this Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards when Bella Thorne, who appears in the network’s “Scream” pilot as an homage to Drew Barrymore‘s iconic “Do you like scary movies?” scene, presents it.

The new MTV series centers around a YouTube video going viral that soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.

Related Story: Script Pages Surface from MTV’s Scream Series

“The Killing’s” Bex Taylor-Klaus plays Aubrey Jensen. Also starring in the series are Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, and Joel Gretsch. Jamie Travis directed the pilot.

Jill Blotevogel (“Harper’s Island”) is executive producer and showrunner; she also rewrote the original script by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin. Under the Dimension TV production umbrella, Harvey and Bob Weinstein executive produce. Additional executive producers are Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.

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The Barber Takes a Little Off the Top of Your Home Video Collection

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:54

We’ve been talking about The Barber around here for a few months, and the film is now ready to make a house call! Read on for all the details you need regarding its DVD and Blu-ray premiere in a few weeks.

From the Press Release:
Arc Entertainment presents THE BARBER, a dramatic thriller starring Scott Glenn (Netflix’s “Daredevil”, Silence of the Lambs) and Chris Coy (“The Walking Dead”). On April 28th, bring home the hair-raising thriller on Blu-ray and DVD.

Eugene van Wingerdt (Scott Glenn) is a small-town barber hiding a dark secret. Twenty years earlier he was arrested for several gruesome murders but was released due to insufficient evidence. The detective in charge of the case killed himself in despair. Now the detective’s son is in town with a few secrets of his own. Is he seeking revenge or hoping to learn at the feet of the master? Through the film’s myriad twists and turns, you’ll realize there’s much more to evil than you ever could imagine. The Blu-ray and DVD will also include deleted and extended scenes and an alternate ending.



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Get Your First Look at Xavier Samuel in Frankenstein

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:46

With so many various Frankenstein projects out there right now, it’s hard to keep them all straight, but today we have a first look at one of them, Bernard Rose’s version starring Xavier Samuel, and hopefully having a face to put with the name will help keep this one fresh in your minds.

Along with Samuel (Twilight, Adore, Fury), Carrie-Ann Moss (the Matrix trilogy) and Danny Huston (“American Horror Story,” Big Eyes) co-star in this modern day adaptation of the classic tale by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein will world premiere this coming weekend at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Rose directed from his original script based on Shelley’s novel.  Samuel stars as the Monster, Moss as Elizabeth Frankenstein, Huston as Victor Frankenstein, and Tony Todd as Eddie, reuniting with his Candyman director Rose. The special effects make-up was designed by six-time Emmy nominee Randy Westgate (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Synopsis:
FRANKENSTEIN is set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.

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New Scream Queens Promo Cuts Like a Knife

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:24

This newest promo teaser for Fox’s upcoming “Scream Queens” series moves away from the bubblegum antics of the previous videos we’ve seen and instead travels to the darker side with a bit of knifeplay from co-star Emma Roberts.

The ensemble cast includes Lea Michele, Nasim Pedrad, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, Oliver Hudson, Keke Palmer, Ariana Grande, and Abigail Breslin. Slated to premiere in the fall with 15 episodes, “Scream Queens” revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders.

Related Story: Pop! Goes Another Scream Queens Teaser

The Fox comedy-horror anthology series hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Ryan Murphy Television. Murphy will exec produce with “Glee’s” Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, and Dante Di Loreto.

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Universal Remaking Creature from the Black Lagoon; Scarlett Johansson to Star?

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:20

We recently learned that Universal Studios is looking to reboot all of their iconic monster properties, eventually bringing them together in a shared universe. They’re currently working on a modern day upgrade of The Mummy, and today we’ve got the scoop on their next undertaking. Read on!

The Tracking Board reports that Scarlett Johansson is being eyed to star in Universal’s upcoming Creature from the Black Lagoon remake, and she’s currently being courted to play the lead role that Julie Adams made famous in the 1954 original.

The film will be a remake of Jack Arnold’s sci-fi horror classic that set the tone for many monster movies that would follow. The story depicted a group of scientists that discover a dangerous prehistoric creature that is part human and part fish while on an expedition in the Amazon.

Creature from the Black Lagoon is taking shape at Universal, with Larger Than Life and Strike Entertainment producing. Gary Ross, Robin Bissell, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce, with a screenplay by Jeff Blitz, Gary Ross, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering. Leslie Urdang, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Jay Polidoro will oversee development for the studio.

In 2014, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were hired by the studio to structure the new Universal universe. Although it is currently unclear which films will be included, it has been revealed that the 2010 film The Wolfman would not be a part of the series. As for Dracula Untold, it may or may not be.

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New Penny Dreadful Teaser Teaches a History of the Occult

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:16

A new promo teaser has arrived for Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” and it provides a bit of history on the occult.  Is there any better way to spend a Thursday afternoon than boning up on mystical matters?

“Penny Dreadful” begins its 10-episode second season run on Sunday, May 3, at 10PM ET/PT.

Related Story: Exclusive Early Look at The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful

In the upcoming season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear), and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.

Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.

For additional info visit “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime, “like” “Penny Dreadful” on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

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