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Penance (2009)

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A young mother decides to become a stripper to earn some fast cash, only to find her worst nightmares are about to begin.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marieh Delfino ... Amelia
Jason Connery ... John
Michael Rooker ... Mann
Graham McTavish ... Geeves
Alice Amter ... Eve
Valorie Hubbard ... Kathy
Lochlyn Munro ... Jack
Allison Lange ... Tara
Tony Todd ... Chauffeur
James Duval ... Sleazy party guy
Eve Mauro ... Suzie - Sassy
Sita Young Sita Young ... Molly
Katherine Randolph ... Polly
Garrett Jones Garrett Jones ... Will
Morann Peri ... Corridor prisoner
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A young mother decides to become a stripper to earn some fast cash, only to find her worst nightmares are about to begin.

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He Made Them Pay For Their Sins


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Release Date:

30 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Dungeon See more »

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Malibu, California, USA See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Clever Worm Entertainment See more »
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1.78 : 1
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The character of Geeves (Graham McTavish) was based on an actual O.B./G.Y.N. from Australia, who performed genital mutilation on hundreds of female patients. See more »

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When Mann points the gun at Will it's a Beretta 92f then when Mann takes the camera and shoots Will it's a different gun and then right after the gun changes back to the Beretta 92f. See more »

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Video, torture and tits... oh my!
9 October 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I'm as sick and tired of predictable torture flicks and found footage films as the next horror fan, and so Penance—which 'cleverly' combines these two tired sub-genres to create the 'found torture footage' sub-sub-genre—hardly sounded like it was going to deliver much of interest to this particular jaded viewer.

Indeed, after just a few minutes of wobbly Blair Witch-style nonsense, during which attractive young mother Amelia Wallis (Marieh Delfino) prattles in front of a video camera about her love of Topanga Canyon, her job at a centre for battered women, and her daughter, I was itching to switch off. But what I had forgotten about was the power of a fit bird in the raw to make almost anything worthwhile...

As part of her audition tape for a TV game-show, the usually reserved Amelia agrees to help her stripper pal Suzie (Eve Mauro) entertain a group of stags at a party; let's just say that this girl was built to strip! From that moment on, Penance becomes pure trash entertainment: after Suzie is given a black eye by a customer, Amelia reluctantly stands in for her friend on a highly paid job for a special client, a decision that results in the poor girl's incarceration at a disused asylum where she is subjected to torture by Geeves, a religious zealot who has dedicated his life to purifying the souls of strippers. Cue lots of gratuitous nudity, pointless cameos from horror icons, dumb plot development, vaginal mutilation, self-castration, and more nudity.

Penance's use of the found footage gimmick is totally implausible, the story painfully dumb, the supposedly tense action absolutely laughable, and the violence disappointing (although nasty in concept, the gore is not that graphic), but Marieh Delfino kept me entertained throughout, albeit on the most basic of levels. In fact, it makes me wonder if I would have enjoyed The Blair Witch Project more if Heather Donahue had only thrown caution to the wind and flipped out her norks....


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