Penny Dreadful (2006) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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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.

IMDB: 4.9
Director: Richard Brandes
Stars: Rachel Miner, Mimi Rogers
Length: 92 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 39 out of 115 found boring (33.91%)

One-line Reviews (107)

First, the setting for these movies is always intriguing.

We are then treated to a straight forty or fifty minutes of Penny panicking in this car & it gets very boring very quickly & in order to balance that up three locals are introduced so they can be killed off but since the murders are neither exciting, memorable or particularly gory they don't help that much.

I will say Brandes is quite talented with a keen ability to squeeze every bit of tension out of this rather-predictable flick.

Again, there were some periods of confusion, some of which must have been on my end of the channel.

It was very long, drawn out, and boring.

Repetitive and redundant scenes leaving I as well as (I later learned) other audience members in a state of stagnant purgatory.

"Every scene in this empty, empty movie goes on and on like this with inane and mind-numbing repetitiveness.

However every single horror film cliché is used here.

The entire film is slow paced and could easily be condensed in to 30 minutes of mindless drivel.

Part of the "8 Films To Die For," this was a bit campy and predictable, but nonetheless very entertaining.

But when it comes to calling this movie predictable, I felt that director Richard Brandes likes to play with expectations.

In short, the idea was great but the movie was executed poorly, simply making it just too dull to be worth seeing.

Consider this example scenario, which gives you an idea of the yawn-inducing pace this film has:Girl in car in dark woods at night, with the body of a murdered psychologist in the backseat, herself cuddled up in the driver's seat, can't get out, crazy murderer's been doing stuff around the car to freak her out.

The main problem with Penny Dreadful is that it's boring and too long.

Predictable and annoying...

I enjoyed it...

Boring Slashhiker In The Woods Flick .

Those were pointless, and they distracted from one of the scariest/most tense scenes in the film.

Obviously aimed at late-night cable-TV audiences with insomnia, the classless filmmakers immediately tip their hand when flashing back to Penny's accident: as her dying mother gives her words of encouragement, blood gushes from her throat.

It's very dull and drawn out.

Also, the director decided to lay on the suspense so thick that when he actually decided to up the ante with some action, I was so bored that I missed it or didn't even care.

Strikingly entertaining and first-rate in most all cinematic categories, Penny Dreadful is a smart horror film that works due to a convincing titled character (Mimi Rogers).

Secondly the choices of the actresses are predictable/annoying and that would set perfectly for a bunch of hormonious late teen girls having a sleepover.

And, the cliché-ridden script is also hard to overcome considering this is still a hitch-hiker psycho-thriller that has been done before.

A study in drawn out incoherence .

Like nice, intense acting in horror flicks.

Cliché, Cliché, Cliché .

Film is quite predictable and a lot of scenes seem to repeat themselves.

It is a typical teenage horror movie, with one horrible cliché after another with one exception: the total cost for this one could not have exceeded $1000.

Every slasher movie cliché imaginable, no matter how nonsensical, is piled on...

If the future of horror films involves unearthing every cliché of the last 30 years, then we're in for some serious boredom.

If you can get past all that you may find this to be slightly entertaining.

They are TOO LONG and drawn out to sustain the movie.

Worth watching if you can catch it on telly for free or if your interested in the horror genre.

They're dull and aren't so interesting after awhile due to their frequency, and that just about all of them are done in the same fashion as each other just gets a little boring at times after seeing them time and again.

If you're in the mood for an enjoyable film that doesn't desperately try to shock the audience with a "wonderful twist", give "Penny Dreadful" a chance.

But it's suspenseful.

You have to build your film, you can't just start up there and expect the thing to stay there, people will get tired and bored.

This movie kept me on the edge of my seat!

Ultimately, though, the director ended up with a stuttering feeling; long periods of dull heavy-breathing and near hysteria interspersed with a rapid, shoot-your-wad-too-soon murders.

However, I was completely mistaken and more importantly blown away by the uber- suspenseful "Penny Dreadful"!

She was gripping at my arm the whole time.

The film in fact features just about all of it's goof points in the beginning of the film, which is quite entertaining.

I liked the fact that some of my favorite B-movie faces (Mickey Jones, Michael Berryman)because at least they got a paycheck out of this waste of time.

I enjoyed it, and will recommend it to friends.

It was just so pointless.

The young actress did a fairly good job with the lousy script she was given, but other than that, this was difficult to stay awake through.

"Penny Dreadful" benefices from an overall unsettling atmosphere and a couple of nail-biting suspense sequences, but the film is too long and it's impossible for director Richard Brandes to hold the viewer's attention throughout the entire playtime.

character, but got absolutely NONE, this film falls flat on its bland face, and in a week I will barely be able to remember it.

"Penny Dreadful" is fun and entertaining for half the time and only mildly flawed for the rest.

The weakest of the "8 Films to Die For" series, "Penny Dreadful" is every bit as exciting as you might imagine a movie about a woman stuck in a car all night would be.

The other parts of the movie that are completely pointless are the 3 supporting characters that serve NO PURPOSE in the film...

I was so very bored that I couldn't wait till the next murder or the end of the movie.

I was also truly impressed by the beating that poor car took during the overly long, drawn out "bad guy trying to get the innocent victim" scenes.

The situations are absolutely predictable, like the cell phone that does not work, persons being killed one by one, or the hook for a sequel in the last scene.

There are some intense scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat as Penny has to deal with her fear of the car and her want to get away from this mad person.

The film really just drones on for most of the running time and it all boils down to a stupid ending.

Other than that, it was a complete and irritating bore, spent mostly listening to Rachel Miner's character whine about something else.

Though some people said it want a little bit slow, I think it did very well to establish the mood and the setting and build suspense.

Unfortunately for the stellar cast, the movie makes every necessary effort to ruin surprises, cut to the wrong camera shot at the climactic moment, and follow every scary movie cliché there is.

Overall I say this movie had a good premise, one that held promise but sadly the only thing entertaining about this film is the opening credit sequence.

I know these movies are hit and miss but truly don't waste any time watching this one.

Absolute waste of time.

I thought it was absolutely riveting.

just add it to the long list of dull modern horror films instead.

At some points it's stressfully uninteresting.

"Penny Dreadful" is a very simple and yet compelling little film with an uncomplicated ending that despite of its simplicity, it still contains a small surprise that doesn't ruin the entire thing.

Although the movie starts out OK, it slinks to absolute stupidity.. I don't care if I hit someone, I wouldn't be so stupid to put him in the car let alone go to some abandoned park to drop him off.. At first I thought it was a set up by Mimi rogers but it turns into a disappointing cliché horror movie.

Many viewers will find this intensely boring.

This movie was a frustrating waste of time .

It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I think the other people introduced were simply meant to extend the films running time and add kills, which I don't mind, but they needed more development and seemed rather pointless in the end.

It's easily the worst movie I've seen in the Horrorfest lineup.

Yeah, well the body restraints are necessary for some of the titles, just to make sure you sit through the whole movie WITHOUT turning it off halfway through due to boredom.

Uninteresting .

This is a wonderfully suspenseful, well written & directed movie, with a tour-de-force performance from Miner.

Cliché ridden horror flick is surprisingly intense thanks to the effective multiple dilemmas facing our heroine Penny.

Upsetting as there is a story in here just not fleshed out to its potential and annoying for the main characters overlong, over drawn out character study.

While this movie is thrilling when something happens, it's just lacking in steam and firepower to sustain it for the entire duration.

I thought the film was very formulaic(?

I enjoyed the gripping idea of this girl with a paranoia that isn't common.

"Penny Dreadful" (another one of the eight horror films in the After Dark Horror Film Festival that took place in November 2006) is a surprisingly spooky and enjoyable horror film.

Penny Dreadful has some suspenseful moments in it.

He has heard Penny discussing her fear of cars and decides to toy with her throughout the night, by locking her in the car, and forcing her to watch his rather bland murders.

Formulaic - some OK, some not .

it turns boring 30 minutes in.

" Finally as if things couldn't get worst, the ending finally arrived and well It seemed totally disjointed from the rest of the film.

All of the actors were awful, the plot was cliché, and the killer was a total yawn.

The script is well written and it still manages to be interesting and entertaining without ever coming off as yawn-some - I was interested with the film the entire time and was curious to see what would happen next, never a bad thing.

The finale is weak and predictable and because this is such a simplistic movie it's hard to understand why they couldn't have executed a standard finale with the same intense gusto they had been demonstrating throughout.

This here is mostly hurt by it's repetitive nature.

Usually, there are so bland and generic and look like Pamela Anderson with no acting skills !

I was completely bored from the first ten minutes on.

It has a distinctive pattern that soon grows tiresome, since it all does the same thing over and over again.

It's no wonder it's in Horrorfest because it really is pretty disturbing and way intense.

I found myself on the edge of my seat wanting them to come on and get going.

First off the main character Penny was very very annoying and not a really good character mainly because as other films may have played off it's main characters fears and vices this film hammers us with the girls issues for far too long and makes for a tedious viewing.

It gets a little confusing as well, since the final ten minutes aren't all that confusing, as there's plenty of scenes are plain confusing and aren't all that good at explaining what's going on.

Despite some chilling moments, 'Penny' is little more than a clichéd but somewhat entertaining low-budget horror flick.

She was intense, in my opinion, and very cinematic.

It's not without problems, but all I can say is I enjoyed it and would see it again.

This was one of the most boring movies i've ever watched.

The same kind of suspenseful and ambiance-oriented and violent horror that I loved in the classics like "Dracula" (Bela Lugosi) and "Frankentsein" (Karloff, yeah!!!

Instead, it's a mildly entertaining though very forgettable picture whose concept is met with 90 minutes of hollow and clunky filler.

That was unexpected, and surprisingly different.

But slasher movies are so boring when they follow the numbers, give no accent to the characters, and give you nothing more about the story then what you see on the screen.

Now several scenes feel dragged and tedious.