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Penny Dreadful: The Most Faithful Version of The Frankenstein Legend

Brilliantly introduced in the second episode of the Showtime hit, Caliban, or the Creature (Rory Kinnear), is a human tragedy that has easily become a series highlight alongside Eva Green’s bewitching Ms. Ives. Marked with raven black hair, and the soul of a poet, he could downright be a romantic hero if not for his yellow eyes and grisly facial deformities (amongst others) endured because of the rash enthusiasm by his previously maddened father, Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway). In a rush to imbue life to the dead, Frankenstein created an existence as wretched as Caliban’s outward appearance.

However, for those mostly familiar with the story of Frankenstein and his ultimately unwanted child through those aforementioned Universal films, or their generations of knock-offs from Hammer to Roger Corman, the sight of this loquacious monstrosity might seem a bit unnervingly new. Indeed, save for a humorous epilogue for Peter Boyle’s rendition of the Sharply Featured Man in Young Frankenstein (1974), never has the Monster ever been quite so voracious in his vocabulary or articulate in his pain.

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