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Penny Dreadful (After Dark Horrorfest)
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The film stars Rachel Miner, best known for her riveting performance in "Bully" as Penny Deerborn, a young woman whose deep rooted fears have virtually handicapped her life after she was traumatized by an auto accident which killed both of her parents. Penny's fears seem to be many but start with a fear of cars. She is traveling with her Psychologist Orianna (played by Mimi Rogers) to the scene of the accident to confront her fears.
Along the way they hit a person hitchhiking along a dark stretch of road. Seeing that the person is ok, they offer the mysterious hitchhiker a ride to a nearby campground (ha ha ha) and by now the silent passenger has even creeped out the Doctor and she's anxious to be rid of their rider as soon as possible. You can probably guess the hitchhiker turns out to be a crazed killer but that might be the last thing that is stereotypical about Penny Dreadful. Unlike so many other recent horror slashers, Penny Dreadful doesn't seek to amaze viewers with creative new ways to kill, nor is it all that gory. Rather, this is a study in terror.
The killer eventually traps Penny in the car, wedging it between two large trees so she cannot open the doors.Read more ›
I'm a big fan of horror movies and can be pretty lenient in my opinion of them as long as they aren't a complete disaster. (See my review of "The Beast of Bray Road"The Beast Of Bray Roadfor an example of complete disaster. "Penny Dreadful" falls somewhere in the half way point.
The film focuses on Penny Deerborn (Rachel Miner) who is terrified of automobiles after a tragic accident when she was young took the lives of her parents. Penny is embarking upon a road trip with Dr. Orianna Volkes (Mimi Rogers), a psychiatrist trying to help rid Penny of her amaxophobia. During the trip, the two cross paths with a hitchhiker. This, of course, is the point in all horror films when everything goes to hell.
I'll start by saying that the hitchhiker is a very creepy character and there are scenes of great tension in the movie. I enjoyed the idea of the car, a source of terror for the character, having to serve as a refuge. The biggest flaw with the film is it's too long (92 minutes). Instead of being released as a feature film it should have been part of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series. There are a few side characters introduced in the film who serve no real function but to be potential victims.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for the series "Penny Dreadful". The movie was horrible.Published 2 months ago by Robin Johnson
I thought i was going to be watching the TV series, it wasn't, but was a good movie.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Eh I pretty much hated it. I've enjoyed most of the after dark horror fest movies but not this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Metro
Movies classified as "A", "B", "C", this one ranks in my book a "Z" movie...Published 5 months ago by brendan jones
I must say I did not exactly hate it, in terms of the one star I am giving. I thought it was one of the stupidest films I've ever watched. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Flap