Monday, October 29, 2007

Penny Dreadful (2006)

Title: Penny Dreadful
Director: Richard Brandes
Writers: Diane Doniol-Valcroze, Arthur Flam and Richard Bra
Starring: Rachel Miner, Mimi Rogers, Michael Berryman, Mickey Jones
Studio: Lionsgate

Penny Dreadful is a breath of fresh air. Instead of the flood of supernatural killers, ghosts and what-have-you, Penny opts for a story than can actually happen, which makes it much, much more scary.

Penny is a young girl who was in a car accident in which both her parents died, leaving her the only survivor. Since that day Penny has been terrified of cars, but her and her Doctor set out to face her fears and take a trip into the mountains to build a snowman (Penny has never seen snow). Along the way the Doctor, who is driving the car, almost hits a hitchhiker, and as a show of good faith, gives the person a ride. Well, the hitcher ends up acting way beyond creepy, so eventually they drop him off. And that's when it all goes downhill. The car gets a flat tire and the doctor goes missing. Penny soon finds herself trapped in the car, lodged between two trees. And that's were the rest of the movie takes place. A whole 90 minute movie taking place inside a BMW might not sound too exciting, but take it from me, this movie scared me more than anything in recent memory. Rachel Miner, who plays Penny, does a phenomenal job of bringing to life the terror that Penny feels throughout the movie. As each second passes, you feel like you are stuck in the car with Penny, not knowing what is going to happen next. I'm going to go as far as to say that this is the best movie I've seen all year. Buy it, rent it, I don't care, just watch it ASAP!

Favorite Quote:

Eddie: "Probably somebody didn't like her meatloaf." (laughs)
Alvin: "That's not funny Eddie."
Eddie: "No, I guess it's not."

RATING: 9.5/10

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