New 2-minute Penny Dreadful trailer is eerily bloody, gory and sexy

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Feb 17, 2014, 2:59 PM EST (Updated)

Do you prefer your horror treading the line between terrifying and enticing? Then check out this first full Penny Dreadful trailer.

Showtime’s released a two-minute video for its upcoming horror series Penny Dreadful, which stars -- among others -- Eva Green (Camelot, 300: Rise of an Empire), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Timothy Dalton (Bond, James Bond; Also, Rassilon from Doctor Who) and Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night).

Below's the show's blurb:

In Penny Dreadful, some of literature's most famously terrifying characters -- including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light -- have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights and License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill).
The series is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance.

We can't help but wonder if Penny Dreadful will mark Hartnett’s triumphant return. The actor’s been on the down-low for the past couple of years, starring in nothing big enough to make a splash, so it feels like he's been gone a very long while. But we totally digress.

As you guys will see, this new trailer is pretty creepy and has a deep eeriness to it. There's also a fair amount of said blood, and pointy teeth, and what looks like an hefty dose of sex to boot. Will Penny Dreadful turn out to be the next American Horror Story? Or will it be its own beast?

Have a look at the gory (and surprisingly sexy) trailer:

Penny Dreadful will creep onto our TV screens on May 11 on Showcase.

(via Comic Book Movie)