British TV has given us countless of ghostly figures running down the grand stairwells of the manors and castles in long dresses and dark hallways. It has also given us some of the most funny parodies on the horror genre as well. This is a compilation of some of the more horroresque British TV-Series.
One of the many adaptations of the Dracula legacy, was a one season series from 2013. With Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Vikings), the story starts with the classical premise of when Dracula travels to London, originally for revenge for a centuries old grudge of those who wronged him. However, the plans get complicated and conflicted when he meets the woman that looks like the reincarnation of his dead wife.
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This show from 2014 may be a joint production between Britain, USA and Ireland, but it is perhaps the most quintessential British of them all. Everything from the Victorian Gothic, to the stellar cast of brits carrying the show. In this show, the universe is drawn from the old horror stories sold for a penny in the Victorian era, combining them to a intertwining set of stories. In the midst of them is medium Vanessa Ives that battles the supernatural entities in London with the American gunslinger, Ethan Chandler and the scientist Victor Frankenstein. I confused about the different stories used in the Penny Dreadful series, have a look at this:
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Penny Dreadful is an old term used during the nineteenth century to refer to cheap popular serial literature. Sort of like pulp fiction. It was also called penny blood, penny awful, or penny horrible. It means a story published in weekly parts, with the cost of one (old) penny. The main plot of these stories were typically sensational, focusing on the adventures of detectives, criminals, or supernatural entities.
This is exactly what Penny Dreadful was, and what it payed homage to. So we found some old stuff the series borrowed or was inspired by. And there is A LOT.
Haunting of Bly Manor
The sort of sequel to “Haunting on Hill House”, is set in England this time. Based on the story, “The Turn of the Screw”, it follows an American nanny trying to escape her past as she is set to care for two orphans living at Bly Manor. Together with the chef, groundskeeper and housekeeper they have to unlock the mysteries of the house, both what happened to the former nanny, the children’s parents as well as an old curse and haunting in the house that won’t let go.
This part psychological horror as well as an supernatural thriller is set in a small Welsh village. A cello star’s mother suddenly takes her own life without a reason in London. Unable to grapple with her death, the daughter digs into her mother’s past and finds a link to a little girl that disappeared in the small village in the 90s. The daughter travels to Wales to find the truth and who she really is. But there is not only a dark past waiting for her there, but dark forces as well.
Comedy Horror geniuses Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul) is back with a new series. It centers around a part-time paranormal investigators with homemade equipment to track down ghosts and the supernatural to share it online to go viral. But the deeper they dig, the closer they get to a huge and apocalyptic conspiracy.
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The Living and the Dead
This BBC drama is like a marriage like Poldark and Turn of The Screw. Or if Howard’s End and Jane Eyre had a ghostly child. The premise is that of a young couple inherits a farm and wants to start a new life together on the countryside. But the farm they inherited turns out to be of a haunted kind. And their presence in the isolated place they live in triggers paranormal happenings that starts to put a strain on their marriage as well as their minds.
Martin Shaw (The Chief) leads this drama series as a catholic priest. After an encounter he is drawn into the world of exorcism and a battle between good and evil.
This series originally aired on BBC back in 2008, but still holds up. It follows a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost that tries to live together as flatmates and get along as they keep getting mixed up in supernatural events. It was a hit when it aired until 2013, and even got itself an American remake.
The Turn of the Screw (2009)
As a fairly faithful adaptation to its source material from Henry James, the mini series follows a naive and sexually repressed young governess played by Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey). She is haunted by the ghosts of previous occupants of a mansion. She keeps battling between what is and isn’t real as the readers of the story has done since its publication.
From the minds of Charlie Brooker, most known for the hit series “Black Mirror”. Set at the set of a fictional version of Big Brother, there is a zombie outbreak. However, the house-mates keeps being unaware of the happenings of what goes on outside of the Big Brother House until someone comes to warn them. As the house is fan-proof, and therefore zombie-proof, it serves as an excellent hideout to stay in during the zombie apocalypse.
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