Penny Dreadful: The Complete Series

Paramount Pictures in association with Showtime is unleashing the Complete Series of the British Sky TV programme Penny Dreadful today. This danse macabre is by turns frightening, poignant, and completely unnerving. And it has never looked better. Featuring a gorgeous high definition transfer, the series looks and sounds fantastic as it takes the viewer deeper…

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) – Kenneth Branagh

  The final version of Frankenstein to be suggested for viewing by the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is this 1994 adaptation by actor/writer/director Kenneth Branagh. He takes on this version of the tale by creating a lush and beautiful looking period film. Despite the films he would later make, this one feels restrained, not quite stuffy but…

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus (1818) – Mary Shelley

  So having spent some time with the cinematic incarnations of Frankenstein and his creature, I thought, as it was mentioned in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, that I would revisit the original tale, on which all of them found their inspiration. I hadn’t read the original tale since 1984, when it was on a list…

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) – Terence Fisher

  We jump across the pond for the next Frankenstein instalment for the Sci-Fi Chronicles. I’ve previously reviewed their first title, The Curse of Frankenstein, so today I’m looking at Hammer’s second Frankenstein film, which sees returning star Peter Cushing reprising his role as Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein escapes the guillotine with the aid of his loyal hunchback servant,…

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

I’ve jumped into a whole new decade in 101 Horror Movies, and I’ve come across the first Hammer film on the list. Hammer is an iconic studio name for horror fans, churning out some classics, some not so classics, and always colorful posters that highlighted the terror of the monster, and the curves of the…