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Leonard Maltin

The Dark, Dank World of Penny Dreadful

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • May 10, 2014 12:00 AM
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Guest post by Darwyn Carson — Victorian era pulp fiction by another name could have been Penny Awful, Penny Number, Penny Blood or Penny Horrible. The name that caught was Penny Dreadful.

Dark Shadows—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 11, 2012 1:00 AM
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It makes sense that for Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton to get in on the current vampire craze, they’d have to approach it with a sense of humor. I doubt if many young viewers know that they’ve based their new film on a forty-year-old daytime TV drama, and it scarcely matters. Dark Shadows is an amusing piece of high camp, stoked by Depp’s deadpan star performance and the kind of elaborate trappings one would expect from Burton. (His longtime production designer, Rick Heinrichs, has done another beautiful job with both real and virtual sets.)

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