Classic Gothic horror is back in full force after years of brutal and psychological horror taking the limelight. So many new and wonderful TV shows are available that I thoroughly enjoy.
Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story are some of my favourite TV shows.
In my opinion, you can’t beat the old tales of ghosts, spirits, demons and monsters lurking amongst the shadows waiting for you. The question that scares me most is do vampires, ghosts and demons really exist?
My first memorable introduction to demons and being possessed by them was The Exorcist and The Entity.
‘Based on a true story’
That one sentence still frightens me today, because you just don’t know if they exist and I’m happy to NOT find out. It’s the unknown that’s intriguing, but tempts you to watch such characters gracing the screen, when you know deep down it’s going to be disturbing.
One of the most recent and exciting demonic possessions was that of the nun, Sister Mary Eunice in American Horror Story: Asylum.
Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is a fantastic TV show that features the best Gothic horror characters ever created. Dracula, Werewolf and Dr Frankenstein and his monster mingle with the Victorians in London and we are treated to an intense demonic possession of one of the shows main characters, Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green in season 1, episode 2. It’s simply stunning! I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat. Eva Green should be nominated for the scene that sees her writhing about in her chair and making demonic noises. The way she changes her expressions is like watching the demon itself. Before you know it, she’s on the table and distorting her body in unimaginable ways.
Penny Dreadful also has vampires!
The Vampire of Gothic Horror
I’m surely not the only person ever to exist that has fantasised about being a vampire. The vampire of Hammer Horror has a demanding and powerful sexual presence. Just look at the way Dracula played by the wonderful Christopher Lee, who controlled his female prey with his hypnotic gaze prior to taking her soul. You only have to wonder what it would be like to be a bride of Dracula, but then came Mr Barlow from Salem’s Lot that put my fantasies well and truly in check. King’s vampire was hideous and a true monster and if you want to read my thoughts on him click here. Truly terrifying! Then came Grace Jones as Vamp and fast forward to True Blood and Eric and the sexual vamp is well and truly re-instated.
I’ve just finished watching the first season of Hemlock Grove brought to us by Netflix and low and behold, she was a vampire! I am on about Olivia Godfrey played by the beautiful Famke Janssen who is strongly believed to be a Upir (vampire species found in the Ukraine). At the end of Season 1, we see Roman Godfrey played by the very talented Bill Skarsgard who turns out to be a half Upir.
I’ve only watched season 1 of Hemlock Grove and this is a show that I just couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Roman and Peter a werewolf and how the two of them teamed up to catch the Vargulf, an insane werewolf responsible for murders within Hemlock Grove.
So there you have it. Classic horror is back and hopefully to stay as it inspires my photography so much and I just can’t get enough of good TV shows like those mentioned above.