Penny Dreadful Reviews
This movie is so full of potential, and has a premise so interesting, that it's pretty sad to see how it goes downhill.
The premise is about a young woman who suffers from motorphobia (fear of cars) and is entrapped by a homicidal hitchhiker on such. Hi-jinks ensue.
The visuals are nice, the acting is also well done. The story itself is rather interesting and sometimes it's strange. Some secondary characters appear around the movie solely to further the plot; nothing further.
The ending of the movie is what drives the rating down. It just seems so unnecessary and poorly executed that it makes me cringe at the fact that I liked this movie for the rest.
So in the end, this is a 4 out of 10 (2 stars). It's slightly below average
First off, the film is obviously low budget(limited cast and set.) With that said, it does well with what it has to work with. Good visuals, mostly competent actors, etc. The problem with this film is the fact that it centers around Penny and her phobias/anxieties. It makes it very hard to relate to her, even leading to frustration with her character.
Without ruining the plot, the movie drags, tons of holes in logic, and can get very boring. I found myself watching it waiting for common sense to hit. This is one of those movies that you have to endure, and when it's over, just leaves you frustrated. Would not recommend, would not watch again, 1/2 star.
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.
This movie is basically a slasher, as many random people gradually get killed by the insane hitchhiker, however there is a "psychological-horror" side to the plot, as we witness the girl constantly being exposed to the thing she fears the most, and having to choose between overcoming her phobia or escaping from it and coming face-to-face with a maniac in the outside. The ending even has a twist which leaves us feeling it is almost impossible to escape from fear and terror.
Overall, this is a good little flick with an interesting concept, especially for people who are personally familiar with phobias. Maybe even one of the best After Dark films to date.