PENNY DREADFUL Soundtrack Will Unsettle and Disturb

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful provided a story caught between horror and poetry with long monologues, superior acting and immaculate costume work. These aspects created a very strong tone, but the score was the final touch — solidifying the never ending, disturbed and unsettling mood. Composer Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man, W.E.) proves that he is more than adept at creating a horrifying, creeping tingle that will climb up any listener’s spines. The Gothic horror sounds of the orchestra Korzeniowski uses transport listeners to a dark old London where the walls are alive and the hairs on their neck stand on end.


There is a very clear overall feel to the soundtrack. The order of the songs could be randomized and the tone would remain the same. After the opening with “Demimonde” (the opening theme of the show) the listener will be treated to a crushing song, “First Blood”, delivering a haunting sense of impending doom. It will be hard for some listeners to sit still with the strings and drums pushing their ears and minds to run as fast as they can. Many of the tracks are beautiful (particularly “Dorian Gray”), nearly appropriate for what one would imagine dancing was like in old London. These tracks, though less creepy, never lose the dark tones, there is always an impending sense of horror, darkness and futility.

Penny Dreadful’s soundtrack is everything that a film composer wants. It not only fits within the tone of the show but can create it without any visuals. Korzeniowski has proven himself as a TV Drama series composer with this album and will hopefully return for the second season. The vibrant sounds of this album are sure to please any fans of classical or soundtrack music, as well as anyone seeking to be unsettled with beauty, after all “to be beautiful is to be almost dead.”

Here’s the official trailer with Eva Green talking about “Demimonde”:

Track List:

1. Demimonde (Main Title) (1:36)
2. First Blood (3:21)
3. Right Behind You (2:15)
4. Modern Age (2:09)
5. Street. Horse. Smell. Candle. (2:25)
6. There Is A Place (2:04)
7. Welcome To The Grand Guignol (2:20)
8. Everyone Likes Oranges (1:44)
9. Abomination (1:13)
10. Pull The Trigger (2:03)
11. Mina (2:34)
12. Allegiance (3:38)
13. Dorian Gray (1:37)
14. Never Say No (2:39)
15. Where Do They Go? (2:23)
16. Transgression (3:45)
17. Asylum (3:41)
18. Closer Than Sisters (3:15)
19. Too Many Monsters (3:24)
20. Mother Of Evil (2:45)
21. Secret Room (1:43)
22. I’m Not Myself (2:00)
23. Let Me Die (2:30)
24. To Be Beautiful Is To Be Almost Dead (2:48)
25. The Last Rites (2:48)
26. Back Hand Of God (2:22)
27. In Peace (1:33)
28. I Was Never Going To Go To Africa (3:04)
29. Reborn (3:09)


An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, PENNY DREADFUL completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.

The Penny Dreadful soundtrack is out NOW!
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