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Penny Dreadful (2005)

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Jessica and David Clausen are an upstart couple who come face to face with the Supernatural after inheriting a beautiful townhouse in New York City's West Village District.


Bryan Norton


Bryan Norton
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Credited cast:
Emily Vaughan ... Jessica Clausen (as Emily Vacchiano)
Sebastian La Cause ... David Clausen
Betsy Palmer ... Trudie Tredwell
Peter DuPre Peter DuPre ... Gary Stender
Jodi Kelly ... Louise
Warrington Gillette ... Donald Acquin
Tina Krause ... Marla
John Thompson John Thompson ... Trevor Acquin
Leo Geter ... Barry Simms
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Trotter Eddy Trotter ... Eddie


An upstart couple from New Jersey inherit a beautiful $7 million townhouse in NYC's West Village District. Forced to sell the place because of taxes, they move in for a few months to make some renovations. But Jessica begins experiencing strange occurrences in the house: noises from downstairs, a blonde child in a red sweater looking at her from the front window, strange telephone calls in the middle of the night. Instead of being scared off, she embraces it. It's exciting living in a haunted house. Jessica figures out that what she's experienced is an event from the past. Is the house trying to tell her something? Does it hold a terrible secret? She enlists the aid of an eccentric psychic in hopes of solving the mystery. But the psychic insists the house is not haunted. Is Jessica losing her mind? All is revealed on Halloween night, when Jessica, alone in the house, wakes up in a pool of blood that is not her own.... Written by E Media Wire

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Jessica doesn't know it yet...but her new house is trying to tell her something. See more »


Horror | Thriller








Release Date:

26 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Made its premiere at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival at Universal Studios Los Angeles for the 25th anniversary of "Friday the 13th". The film reunites "Friday" veterans Betsy Palmer (Mrs. Voorhees) and Warrington Gillette (Jason, Part 2) See more »


Jessica's shoes change from shot to shot in the opening titles sequence as she walks through the Village. See more »


Jessica Clausen: I've seen a man with a gun and a blond child, a little boy.
Trudie Tredwell: Oh, those Children! Mischevious little devils. Especially when they're dead.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Brad Norton 1956-2005 See more »


Featured in Building the Bad House: Making 'Penny Dreadful' (2007) See more »


Carol of the Bells
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (uncredited) and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky (uncredited)
Performed by The New London Children's Choir
Used with permission
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User Reviews

A treat for horror fans
17 November 2005 | by Kenshiro OtanakaSee all my reviews

Penny Dreadful is a somewhat simple ghost story with some very unique twists. What makes the film so charming though, is the gathering of many horror icons, like Betsy Palmer as a doddery old psychic, Peter Dupree as a sleazy real estate agent, and Warrington Gillette. Tina Krause also shows up, but has no nude scenes, which lowered the rating of the film marginally.

Also, since it's a short, it doesn't suffer from the usual slow plodding found in most ghost stories.

One aspect that makes PD unique, is the reaction of the main character when she realizes that her and her husband are living in a "haunted house". Instead of the usual freaking out and every one assuming she's crazy, she's excited by the aspect of living with ghosts and embraces it. Very different.

An overall well crafted film.

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