Penny Dreadful was part of the 2006 "8 Films to Die For" Film Fest and it is the second film I have seen from this fest, from 2006 or any year. Not because I have anything against these collections, in fact, I think they are pretty cool. I can just never drag my ass to the theatre and by the time they arrive on DVD I have completely forgotten about them. So when Penny Dreadful showed up on IFC I taped it, figuring, with a name like Penny Dreadful it can't be that bad.
This hitchhiker, like most hitchhikers, is a murderous psycho. I think the hitchhiker is supposed to be a guy, but "he" is played by a woman, Liz Davies. Or maybe it is supposed to be a woman, I really didn't care at this point. Penny ends up alone, literally trapped in the car, terrorized by the hitchhiker. And this is where I checked out. I couldn't get behind Penny. She just annoyed me. For the most part the hitchhiker remains an unseen entity, a figure that we glimpse running past the car or hear making menacing noises in the woods. Once we really get a good look at he/she, the illusion of a terrifying threat is gone. The hitchhiker is just a crazy nut job, and I seriously doubt someone so loony could have orchestrated this night of terror. The finale seems tacked on, and unfortunately sets us up for a sequel. No thank you filmmakers.