Title - ‘Penny Dreadful’ (Varese Sarabande)
Artist - Abel Korzeniowski
‘Penny Dreadful’ is a highly-inventive series on Showtime that features some of literature’s most terrifying character, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and other iconic figures from the novel Dracula that are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. A psychological thriller at its heart, composer Abel Korzeniowski (born in Krakow, Poland) has written an incredible work of art to back their every move.
An original score of 29 tracks, it‘s those tracks that allow ‘Penny Dreadful’ (starring Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Harnett, etc.) to weave together the aforementioned classic horror origin stories into something that stands proudly alongside; and within the shadows when required. As Korzeniowski (‘W.E’, ‘A Single Man’) has himself said, “The themes of Penny Dreadful represent both different characters and abstract ideas,” and that is a brilliant way to sum up this lush work of musical art.
From the off, and the main title ‘Demimonde,’ it’s obvious that the theme of ‘Penny Dreadful’ is one of a meaningful study of Victorian London. A study of dark beauty, something that can be terrifying and mesmerizing at the same time, such tracks as ‘Right Behind You,’ ‘Welcome To The Grand Guignol,’ ‘Abomination,’ and both ‘Asylum’ and ‘Too Many Monsters’ immediately pull you into the world where these characters exist. One of the most unusual gothic horror stories to hit TV since ‘American Horror Story,’ Korzeniowski’s soundtrack lingers long on the mind; even after you have stopped it playing!
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk