"Friday the 13th" Star, Movie Icon Betsy Palmer in New Film

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Betsy Palmer, star of the classic film "Friday the 13th," appears in the new thriller "Penny Dreadful." The film is written and directed by award winning filmmaker Bryan Norton, and is set in a mysterious old townhouse in NYC's West Village.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the classic horror film that started it all, "Friday The 13th". The star of the film, Betsy Palmer, and "Friday The 13th Part 2"'s Warrington Gillette, appear in the new motion picture, "Penny Dreadful". As coincidence would have it, this reunites the actress that portrayed the camp counselor slasher herself, "Mrs. Voorhees", with her big screen son "Jason."

"Penny Dreadful" is a supernatural thriller that centers on a young upstart couple who inherit a beautiful West Village brownstone in NYC. They soon discover there's more than meets the eye in their new home. Does the house hold a terrible secret? Betsy Palmer plays Trudie Tredwell, a local psychic called in to investigate the strange proceedings.

Betsy Palmer is probably best known for playing Jason Voorhees's murderous mother in the original "Friday the 13th," but Ms. Palmer's career as an actress began many years before. She appeared in such classic films as "Mister Roberts" with Henry Fonda and "Queen Bee" with Joan Crawford. In the 1950s she was America's television sweetheart on "The Today Show" and as a panelist on the popular TV gameshow, "I've Got a Secret."

Warrington Gillette is considered by horror fans to be the first true "Jason Voorhees." He plays a pivotal character in "Penny Dreadful" that may hold the key to the house's secret. Gillette, a tabloid favorite, is back in full force in the horror movie genre this year. He hopes to go into production on his own film "Bloody Social" that will possibly resurrect the character that made him famous.

"Penny Dreadful" is written and directed by award winning filmmaker Bryan Norton. Norton promises the requisite thrills and chills. He has set out to make a thriller that will scare and entertain. The film has already garnered praise, acclaim, and awards. It will be appearing ay many Film Festivals internationally in 2006.

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