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|Penny Dreadful - After Dark Horror Fest|
Actors: Rachel Miner, Mimi Rogers, Chad Todhunter, Mickey Jones, Liz Davies
Director: Richard Brandes
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Penny, a young woman traumatized by a childhood auto accident that killed her parents, accompanies her therapist on a road trip back to the scene of the accident as part of her therapy to overcome her fear of cars. But, wh... more »
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Mary G. (SugarNSpice)
Reviewed on 3/28/2011...
This is the scariest movie I have ever seen and I watch a lot of horror films.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah H. (psychogurl13) from CROSSVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 4/24/2009...
Good Story, bad acting for the most part.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
A horror film that has its moments.
John Upton | Connecticut | 04/07/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Penny Dreadful" is one of the 8 After Dark Horrorfest films that saw theatrical release over the course of one weekend in 2006. I considered going to the movies to see a few of the films but figured the DVD's would probably cost me less than the fare of a movie ticket (I was right based on the sale price the week they were released). Besides, I can deal with disappointment watching a bad movie on disc than seeing one in the movies.
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. They could have been cut from the film without even being missed.
I also thought the movie ended a bit suddenly. I don't need movies to be wrapped up nicely in a little bow but a person wants some sense of closure. There may be a possibility the director wants to do a sequel in the future but I wish film makers didn't approach every topic to be serialized. The director captures some great moments of tension and Rachel Miner is believable depicting her character's phobia.
All in all, I wasn't sorry picking up the DVD but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. The film would probably work better as a rental and I suggest viewing it alone late at night to heighten the mood."
Above the rest
Kevin Stanton | Pittsburgh | 05/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie certainly stands out in many areas. Primarily in claustraphobia. The scenes where Penny is a captive in the car comprise a good bit of the film.
The horror here is not supernatural... it is real. This movie held my attention very well. It is part slasher/part true horror.
The slasher on the loose is only revealed as an escapee from a mental institution... a theme done many times over. However, it is the unfolding of the story that takes this to a new level.
Penny is trapped inside a car, which she dreads, with the corpse of her psychiatrist and a murderer who lets her know he's watching her every move. He continues to murder and loads the bodies onto the car with Penny and the corpse inside. Penny, who had a horrible car wreck experience as a child, tries to escape numerous times only to fail.
This movie is actually quite the gem. If you like tense, gritty, claustraphobic scare treats then this is for you. Turn out the lights, lock the door and make some popcorn. Once the story gets rolling you'll be glued to the screen."
This Year's Blair Witch?
Cory T. Shaeffer | Pittsburgh | 04/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though this film is not as scary as the original "Blair Witch Project," it is somewhat similar in terms of the premise. It is set exclusively in the deep woods, thus sparking the comparisons. Basically the story is about a young woman haunted by a tragic car accident from her youth, who winds up trapped in a car by a deranged psychopath. The young woman must overcome her fears and fight against the killer's "games" in order to survive. Rachel Miner is an underrated actress, and her skills are utilized well here; she carries the film for the most part. This is her second notable performance in a very dramatic and demanding role ("Bully" was her best performance), so by casting a quality lead actress it adds to the film greatly. The plot and suspense is not quite on par with, say, Steven King's work, nor is it as tense throughout as "Blair Witch." Nevertheless, Miner's performance provides a dynamic that most horror flicks lack - a female lead with strength and survival instincts that can actually be taken seriously. I rented this based on Rachel Miner's performance in "Bully," and I was not disappointed."