Penny Dreadful

2006

Penny Dreadful

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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, when the two women accidentally cross paths with a dark and mysterious Hitch Hiker on a lonely stretch of mountain highway an attempt at healing suddenly takes a terrifying detour into a horrorific life-and-death struggle with a ruthless, deranged killer bent on preying upon Penny's worst fears.

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Cast

Rachel Miner
as Penny Dearborn
Mimi Rogers
as Orianna Volker
Liz Davies
as Hitchhiker
Tammy Filor
as Mary Saunders
Michael Berryman
as Gas Attendant
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  • Oct 02, 2013
    A colossal borer of a horror. When a movie contains these elements A) has a main character who does nothing but scream or panic (or, most frequently, scream AND panic) B) is shot in the dark, so when a camera points at something you have no clue what you're supposed to see C) 75% of the time is confined to a cramped car interior D) every scene goes on for at least 3 minutes too long - if it isn't scary to begin with, extending will not by magic make it scarier E) the biggest name in the cast spends a third of their screen time acting as a corpse F) features a screenplay that feels like a 12-page first draft G) the direction lacks any skill at building tension or suspense H) after 50 arduous minutes finally forces the viewer to find something better to do, without provoking even a fleeting wonder about what happens next then that movie is an utter FAILURE, undeserving of anything but the worst rating available. Dreadful indeed.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    Off to a bad start at the beginning, and the idea of a young girl with serious car phobia and later on being trapped in one with 4 trees blocking the car doors by a crazed slasher/hitchhiker does not work well enough to be "true horror". There could've been clever plotlines to go with the motivation behind all that madness in order to chill me, but it fails.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2011
    Oh it's dreadful alright. This is a very scary and entertaining horror film.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2011
    The acting of this movie wasn't awful, but it wasn't good either. Some people are saying the movie was "too long" when really it was only 90 minutes. I think it only felt long because the director dragged out scenes and made them much longer than necessary. I think the director tried to make suspense, but because of the lengthy scenes any suspense he attempted to create was lost as the audience got bored. For example (spoilers), in one scene in the car, Penny was sitting and heard kind of a soft moaning sound. It was really creepy and it was pretty suspenseful. However, the person kept moaning for a LONG time, so after like 5 minutes, I didn't really care who was making the noise or where it was coming from. It was a lot longer than it needed to be. There's a bunch of scenes like that in the movie, and it's all really unnecessary. The movie is kind of shallow too. A girl in a car getting tortured by a pyschopath. Lame. They don't even tell you the motive for the killer, until the very end, and even that is pretty lame. It's like they didn't know what the motive for the killer should be so they just said "hey! Let's make it an escaped mental patient!" It was pretty stupid and really unrealistic. How one person would be able to get a car with 3 tires down a hill and wedged tightly between a bunch of trees without causing the car any more noticeable damage is beyond me. Not the best movie. I could've made it better. Just saying.
    Japes . Super Reviewer

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