Penny Dreadful [DVD] [2006]

  • SKU: 8239774
  • Release Date: 03/27/2007
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    17% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 6)

    Special Features

    • "Behind the Screams" featurette
    • Teaser trailer
    • Sanity "Stay Away" music video
    • 16x9 widescreen version
    • 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio
    • English and Spanish subtitles
    • English closed captioning
    • Trailers


    Penny Dreadful
    A woman haunted by the childhood car crash that claimed the life of her mother and father finds her worst nightmares coming true when she and her therapist travel back to the scene of the accident in this tale of terror originally released as part of the After Dark Horrorfest. Penny (Rachel Miner) has never quite been able to shake off the trauma of seeing her mother and father perish when their car careened out of control on a long and lonely stretch of highway, and now her therapist (Mimi Rogers) is determined to help the fragile girl overcome her lingering fear of automobiles. But as much as Penny might hope to overcome her oppressive phobia, she is about to discover that there is indeed very much to dread on this remote mountain pass as a murderous hitchhiker emerges from the chilly, high-altitude fog to prey on the frightened girl's darkest fears. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Rachel Miner
      Rachel Miner - Penny
    • Michael Berryman
      Michael Berryman
    • Mimi Rogers
      Mimi Rogers
    • Mickey Jones
      Mickey Jones

    Customer rating

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Worth seeing at least once


      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.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Pretty lame movie for the Horrorfest


      I did not enjoy this movie. Some might. It mainly takes places in a car. Very predictable story, and very predictable reactions. There is a Michael Berryman cameo appearance and that is why the movie gets bumped from a 1 too a 2 star for me. If you want the whole set you must buy this movie. If you are just a casual movie buyer or horror watcher, skip this movie!!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      HUGE Disappointment


      I thought that this movie was going to be as good as greavedancers but it really dissapointed me. It really made no sense to me whatsoever. It was not even scary!!! Plus basicaslly the whole movie was based inside of the car... I give it 2 thumbs down.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      original idea


      For me, the original situation of having the girl trapped in the car with her carphobia was pretty cool and inventive. There were several really suspenseful scenes that surprised me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars



      This movie, as well as the other Horrorfest movies, are horrible and a waste of money. Movies like "Dawn of the Dead" and "28 Days Later" are more scary than this.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars



      im a huge horror fest fan, but this movie was horrible. the whole thing took place in a car and was so pridictable. i feel asleep.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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