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Penny Dreadful (2006)

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Young Penny goes on a retreat with her psychologist; the intention is to help her overcome her phobia, an intense fear of cars. Unexpected events find her in a nightmarish situation where her worst fears come true.

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Richard Brandes

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Diane Doniol-Valcroze (story), Arthur K. Flam (story) (as Arthur Flam) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rachel Miner ... Penny Deerborn
Mimi Rogers ... Orianna Volkes
Chad Todhunter ... Alvin
Mickey Jones ... Eddie
Liz Davies ... The Hitchhiker
Michael Berryman ... Gas Station Attendant
Lucy Rogers-Ciaffa Lucy Rogers-Ciaffa ... Young Penny
Elyse Mirto ... Penny's Mother (as Elyse Marie Mirto)
Tammy Filor ... Mary Saunders
Casey Sander ... Truck Driver
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Young Penny goes on a retreat with her psychologist; the intention is to help her overcome her phobia, an intense fear of cars. Unexpected events find her in a nightmarish situation where her worst fears come true.

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Rated R for violence/terror, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Encontro da Morte See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Plagued with horrible weather, the cast and crew had to work through a sandstorm and several inches of snow in order to finish production. See more »

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When they're driving up into the mountains, the moon is in first quarter. But when the storm hits a few hours later, the moon is full. See more »

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The Hitchhiker: [whispering in the dark] Penny...
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References The Hills Have Eyes (1977) See more »

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Perhaps An Acquired Taste, But I Liked It
6 June 2007 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Penny Deerborn (Rachel Miner) and her therapist, Orianna Volkes (Mimi Rogers) take a trip to help Penny overcome her fear of cars. But as with any horror film, things go wrong and the car they are traveling in ends up becoming a prison for Penny (wedged between two trees). Oh, and there's also a serial killer loose in the woods.

What is going to be the real deal-maker (or breaker) for this film is if the audience can relate to Penny's fear of cars. Roughly an hour of the film has her in the car by herself being scared. Not much of a plot, or much dialog -- just the actress and her expressions of fear. Many viewers will find this intensely boring. I, however, could relate quite well with this (as someone with anxiety, I often experience attacks in cars and can put myself in her shoes -- if I had been Penny, I would have been much less brave).

Rachel Miner deserves full credit for being amazing. I was not really familiar with her before this, though her name was somewhat known. She seems to have a very solid range, if this movie is any example -- she was asked to carry a film all on her own with no characters to talk to. And in my opinion, she did it.

Mimi Rogers (the former Mrs. Tom Cruise) also plays a unique role. As a corpse. I think that deserves some credit, too, as even acting dead must take some skills -- never really moving or breathing on camera. Definitely a new direction for Rogers.

Secondary characters were nice, if for no other reason than to round out the film... and I loved the visuals... the colors of the dark, snowy mountains. I don't know much about cameras, but I like the way the light was filtered to give it this dark, lonely look. Very good move.

I say check this one out. It may not be for you -- it might bore you to tears. So if you think you're one of those, don't watch it late at night when you're about to take a nap. If you have any sort of anxiety or claustrophobia, I think you'll get a lot more out of this one. And as long as everyone just ignores how conveniently coincidental the whole plot is, we'll be fine.


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