January 3rd, 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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 3.6/10 (450 voted)

Director: Jake Kennedy

Stars: Marieh Delfino, Michael Rooker, Graham McTavish

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

Marieh Delfino - Amelia Wallis
Michael Rooker - Mann
Graham McTavish - Geeves
Alice Amter - Eve
Valorie Hubbard - Kathy
Allison Lange - Tara
Tony Todd - Chauffeur
James Duval - Sleazy party guy
Eve Mauro - Suzie / Sassy
Sita Young - Molly
Katherine Randolph - Polly
Lochlyn Munro - Cop (Jack)
Jason Connery - FBI agent (John)
Garrett Jones - Will
Morann Peri - Corridor prisoner (Lisa)

Taglines: He Made Them Pay For Their Sins


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: Malibu, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $500,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Lochlyn Munro only worked one day on this film.

Continuity: 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.

User Review

Torture Porn, and Not Even Good Torture Porn

Rating: 2/10

Penance is an example of this decade's "torture porn" craze at its worst. Cheaply made, with largely unknown actors, the film lacks the creativity of films such as Saw, substituting shock tactics for originality.

The story is nothing new. An innocent young woman is forced to become a stripper because of financial trouble, and ends up falling into the hands of a depraved religious fanatic. (I'm a humanist, and even I think this movie gives religion a bad name.) What follows is an hour long wallow in torture and extremely graphic sequences of genital mutilation, both male and female.

What makes the movie particularly disgusting is its implicit acceptance of the moral logic of the villain. The protagonist is a victim of circumstance, not a "bad" stripper like the others, who are depicted in the most stereotypical, degrading way possible. At times, this approach pushes the film into outright misogyny.

Furthermore, Penance relies on a video taping framing device ripped off from better films like REC. The result is a cheap looking digital feature that adds nothing to the overall story.

The only good points of the film are the scenes with Michael Rooker, which unfortunately comprise only ten minutes or so. One wishes the film had been focused on his character instead.


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