(Tony Todd, Lochlyn Munro, James Duval, Jason Connery, Marieh Delfino, Graham McTavish, Eve Mauro, Alice Amter, Tracy Coogan. Michael Rooker, et al / DVD / R / (2009) 2010 / IMDFILMS)
Overview: Based on a true character, and from the award winning horror writer/director Jake Kennedy (Days of Darkness), and Will Clevinger (producer of the indie horror hit Automaton Transfusion), PENANCE stars Marieh Delfino (Jeepers Creepers 2) as a stripper who falls into the hands of sadistic surgeon (Graham McTavish) with genital mutilation on his mind.
DVD: The story is all shown through "obtained" video camera footage found in an abandoned southern California institution. Footage purportedly from/by a victim's camera - one of many tortured ladies at the hands of a mutilation-prone physician (injuring both himself and many others).
The premise of this is reportedly based upon the story/circumstances of the real Graeme Reeves, even inclusive of a text-ending stating how he has still escaped prosecution and has not been caught (in reality he is in prison awaiting trial overseas).
Putting aside the film has really nothing to do with the guy, you get a well-acted low-budget take on this popular genre. Rooker is outstanding, though he only gets a few scenes. The torture scenes are tough, and if this were rated I am sure it would be in the NC-17 range.
A musical score was added to further the impossibility of how certain scenes could be filmed or how this cut was edited, but if you skip the analysis of logistics and watch the performances you will get more out of it. [SK] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Three (3) Alternate Endings
Five (5) Deleted Scenes
How to Strip Featurette
Cast Interviews in Character
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Anatomy of a Scene (13:53)
Director Interview (18:55)
Location Scout (4:38 minutes)