I was wrong! I wrote about my initial impressions of Penny Dreadful back in November. I only got about 30 minutes into the DVD and was done. The video got moved to the $1/Five Nights section so I tried again.
Here are my initial thoughts. I was very wrong. This is why I will try a show a second time. Some days you just aren’t in the mood for whatever it is you’re watching.
We are mostly focused on Sir Malcolm and his quest to find his daughter Mina. She has been taken or gone with Dracula. This part is very similar to the Bram Stoker’s Draculamovie most of remember (Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, etc.). Sir Malcolm is being helped by Vanessa Ives, Ethan Chandler, and Victor Frankenstein.
This show has got some of everything: sex, violence, demonic possession, vampires, sadness, and excitement. Definitely no humor in this one! Once I got past that first episode and started to learn more about the characters: Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler it got very interesting.
Vanessa in my initial write up seemed bored, but now I get why she is stoic all the time.
Ethan seemed one-dimensional at first, but slowly you started to see a lot of depth and a very big secret come out!
I loved this first season and cannot wait until Season 2 that starts May 3!! Too bad I don’t have Showtime and will have to watch for Netflix or video store!
Disclaimer: I will watch just about any horror movie no matter how crappy the rating is, or how stupid it sounds. Plus I had a hell of a cold this week and was loopy!
This is NOT the back from the dead snowman dad movie with Michael Keaton!
This Jack Frost(Rated R, 90 minutes) is killer snowman…yep you read that right.
Jack Frost is a serial killer on his way to being executed. I don’t know why he’s in the back of a police van traveling TO his execution. I would think if he was such a psycho he would be at a prison that could go ahead and do the job. Anywho…there is a snowstorm, an accident with a truck containing some experimental genetic chemicals…badda bing badda bang you got Jack Frost. Jack is on a mission for revenge against the sheriff who caught him, and is killing everyone in his way.
Okay, it is ridiculous I know! The snowman is rubbery looking, and nothing like the cover at all! The movie is super cheesy, and not very scary. How scary can you get with a killer snowman. I do have to say the whole snow thing was intriguing, because in this case he could change from water to snow at will. The other thing was how do you destroy something like that? You melt the snow..he becomes water, and refreezes. Steam the same thing will happen. It is like Return of the Living Dead and their issues with destroying the zombies. It is definite B-movie horror type, good for a goofy night that you don’t want to be truly scared.
Alexander is one of those people that the saying “If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all” applies. Things never seem to go his way. Even his birthday is being hijacked by the popular kid in school, who moved his party to be on the same day.
In Home Alone style Alexander makes a wish that his “perfect” family would see what’s it is like to have a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. What follows is a family trying to get through all of their worst days together.
Steve Carell is good at adding some slap stick, which my kids love! The movie was cute, but predictable. I can’t be too harsh. It is a Disney PG-rated movie. It had the good old happy ending, and was a nice family night flick to watch together.