Penny Dreadful

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Richard Brandes
Production: Brandes Films International
  1 win.
92 min

Penny, this is

the fifth time we've stopped

since this morning.

At this rate,

we're not going to get

to the inn until after midnight.

If you're deliberately

trying to sabotage the trip,

you're doing

a pretty good job.

No, I just--


I have to go

to the bathroom.

Is she all right?

Uh, just a little


It's just a car.

It's just a car.

It's just a stupid car!

Jesus, Penny.

Get a grip.

Do you want

to be a pathetic freak

for the rest

of your miserable life?




Penny, please.

Penny, please,

wake up.

We've got a gas leak.

Let's get these people out.

He's gone. We've got to get the mother

and the daughter out of there fast.



Penny, you'll be okay.

The nice fireman...

is coming

to get you, dear.

Don't be afraid.


We were going

to build a snowman.

I'm sorry,

what did you say?

That's why we were going up.

I'd never seen snow before.

You wanna see plenty

of snow up there

come this time tomorrow.

Cutoff low is setting in overnight.

Weatherman says it might be

as much as three or four feet.

Maybe we should

just go home.

It sounds like

a pretty bad storm.

Penny, is that

what you want?

To come out all this way

just to turn around and go home?

When you first came

to see me six months ago,

you said all you wanted

was to live a normal life,

and that you would do

whatever it took to get you there.

Isn't that

what you said?

And what did I tell you in our

first session, that very first day?

Own it.

I have to own it.

That's right.

It has to be your choice.

Beating our fears and phobias

is all about helping ourselves,

and no amount of counseling

is going to help you

unless you want

to help yourself.

I do.

I want to.

I have to.

I'm not going to ride my stupid bicycle

everywhere for the rest of my life.

You have to confront

your fears head on,

and the only way you can

completely do that is to--

Complete the circle.

Go back to where

it all began.

Okay, what do you say

we get back in the car...

and go on with our journey?

Don't forget your

breathing exercises.

Relaxation tape

number four.

- You know the drill.

- Face forward in a seated position,

eyes closed, arms resting

comfortably by your side,

allowing your mind

to clear itself

of any outside stimuli.

Now repeat after me

and try to visualize

a giraffe...


My throat's pretty dry.

There's some bottled water

in the back.


What's this?

For when we build

that snowman.

You should write

a book about me.

Tell the world what a freak

Penny Deerborn is.

Penny, after everything

we've been through together,

I'd like to think you've moved

beyond feeling sorry for yourself.

Why don't you spare both of us

the poor-pitiful-me routine

and tell me what's

really bothering you?

It wouldn't

have anything to do

with all those phone calls

you're not answering, would it?

I'd rather not

talk about it.

It's going to be a long couple of hours

ahead if we don't talk to one another.


He lives in my building,

that's who's calling.

I see.

And why is this Ben

calling you?

To ask me out.

There's nothing surprising about that.

You're a very pretty girl.

- Don't you like him?

- Just the opposite.

So then what's

the problem?

I can just imagine me

on our first date.

"Hi, it's good to see you.

Oh, what a nice car.

Excuse me while I throw up."

I just don't see the point in starting

something I can't finish.

I remember being your age.

Freshman in college--

I had a very serious crush

on this gorgeous guy

in my English Lit class.

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