The premise of the movie is an interesting one- you have the main character Penny who is traveling into the mountains with her psychiatrist Orianna as part of a therapy session. You see, Penny's parents died in a horrible car accident & as a result she's incapable of getting into a car without having a panic attack with fits of nausea. Unfortunately for them they ran into a hitchhiker who has his/her (never quite clear on the gender) own idea of a good time. As in cutting people open for fun.
This really wasn't my type of horror movie but I decided to give it a try based on the premise & the title. (I've always loved the term 'Penny Dreadful'.) While the movie is overly long & could have been better served as an hour long production, it's still a pretty good slasher flick. There's some interesting imagery in the film for those who are looking for a little hidden depth to their horror films. (You can equate Penny's climb out of the car as akin to her climbing out of a womb, showing that she's not afraid of cars anymore. Before that point she was only going to hide in the car.)
I couldn't help but feel a little bit disappointed overall, though. There was the potential for a twist in the movie, a twist that never really came. At one point I almost thought that the hitchhiker was actually Penny herself & that she had killed everyone in a state of delirium after having snapped from revisiting the mountains where her parents died. (The hitchhiker representing her autophobia.) I also imagined that there could be a possibility that there was someone else in the car with Penny & her parents before the crash & that the hitchhiker was actually her long lost brother that she'd suppressed memories of. (Like for instance he could have been ejected from the car where no one found him & he grew up living in the wild. Then he chose to take revenge on Penny when he read her dossier in the car b/c he viewed her as forgetting him.) None of these twists ever came however & the film ends with the stereotypical "bad guy might get up to kill again" finale.
Still, for fans of the slasher genre this will be a nice flick. Worth owning? Dunno- it was interesting to watch once, but that really seemed to be enough for me. There really wasn't anything extraordinary about the film that seemed to stand out. The main actress was amazing in this role, especially considering that she literally carried the bulk of the film. Then again, I'm not the target audience so it may appeal to slasher fans. I'd recommend renting it before you buy, though.