Monday, June 8, 2009

Patrick (1978)

Another great example of slow, subtle horror that can create effective suspense with minimal gore and FX. We find Patrick comatose in a hospital, where a sadistic doctor is performing experimental tests on him since he is clinically dead. Patrick strikes back using telekinesis to exact his revenge on his tormentors. Robert Thompson does an amazing job portraying the vegetative Patrick, remaining deathly still and unblinking for minutes during extended sequences. The rest of the cast offer good performances, though they play second fiddle to a character that doesnt speak the entire film. Like in The Changeling, it is small and simple FX that achieve the scares in this one, with a phantom typewriter conveying Patrick's fears and windows and doors constantly being left open after the staff securely closes them. It would have been nice to see a little more background behind Patrick's character and motivations, but as it stands the film is a fresh story and fun watch.

Rating: 7/10.



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1 comment:

  1. GREAT WRITE UP, I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS ONE, NOW I WANT TO...

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